BioWare's Ray Muzyka has revealed that the unannounced Dragon Age 3 will combine the best of Dragon Ages past with features from contemporary open world RPG releases. Bethesda's Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim tops the list of inspirations.
"[The next Dragon Age] is gonna have the best of features from the prior Dragon Age games, but it's also gonna have a lot of things I think players are gonna find compelling from some of the games that are out now that are doing really well with more of an open world feel," Muzyka told Wired in a fleeting chat.
"We're checking [Skyrim] out aggressively. We like it. We're big admirers of [Bethesda] and the product. We think we can do some wonderful things."
BioWare began hiring "exceptional talent" for Dragon Age 3 earlier this year. In August, Muzyka commented that the game would strike a "nice balance" between the well-received Dragon Age: Origins and the less-loved Dragon Age 2.
Dragon Age 2 lead designer Mike Laidlaw has said the developer is monitoring fan criticisms closely, and that combat and level design in particular "must be improved".
Dragon Age 3 was recently rumoured to feature playable dragons and a multiplayer component.
"Our goal is to surprise and delight our fans," Muzyka told Wired. "I've seen something in the last couple of weeks that is really the future of that franchise that is so compelling, I am so looking forward to being able to announce it."
Here are nine things we want from Dragon Age 3. What do you think the game could learn from Skyrim?