Some brave soul pulled out a camera and filmed 30 minutes of a Dragon Age: Inquisition demo at Digiexpo, a games convention in Finland. It turned out surprisingly sharp, given the circumstances, and it’s the best extended look we’ve gotten so far at the game, which is expected to be released next fall.
The biggest difference between Inquisition and the previous games in BioWare’s fantasy series seems to be the way you’ll travel its world. Inquisition takes place in a much larger open world, à la The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, where your characters can move seamlessly from grassy plains to monster-filled caves or villages. Also, if you happen to slaughter all the bad guys in a fort, you’ll take it for yourself and decide what to do with it. The person giving the demo used his newly found resources to cap vents spewing poison gas into a desert valley that had previously been unreachable…because of all the poison gas.
Other than that, it looks a lot like a Dragon Age game. You can control all the characters in your party, and the camera is locked behind the back of whoever you’re inhabiting. When in combat, however, you can stop time and switch to a bird’s eye view of the battlefield to dole out more complex orders to your band of fantasy clichés. My favorite part of the video is when the demoer switches to the overhead camera for the first time and one person let’s out a half-hearted “woo.”