Last week BioWare announced that it is dropping its support for last-generation consoles with Dragon Age: Inquisition. As a result, many gamers are now wondering how this decision will start affecting them. Mark Darrah, Dragon Age: Inquisition executive producer answered a lot of fan questions over the weekend.
Sadly, he admitted that the company’s latest move to launch all future add-on content and DLCs on the present generation consoles was gravely necessary and not at all avoidable. The future Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC will ditch the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Dragon Age Inquisition. However, the developer hasn’t declared as to how many DLCs it wishes to launch.
According to recent reports, the existing Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers will be able to carry forward their save files to the latest Xbox One and PS4. This will be possible through a new save transfer tool, provided that they stay within the same console family.
This necessarily means that a person who earlier played Dragon Age: Inquisition on his Xbox 360 won’t be able to take his save files to PlayStation 4, if and when he makes the transition. According to BioWare, this tool will be launched as a part of the upcoming July patch 8 update. Initially, the transfer of save files to/from PC will not be possible.
There is some good news for the old-console gamers as the previous DLCs Jaws of Hakkon and Spoils of Avvar packs will be free on the new-generation consoles if you already purchased them for your old-generation consoles. At that time, you will simply need to obtain a copy of the game.
Meanwhile, the latest Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC was Jaws of Hakkon which was first released on PC followed by an Xbox One release on 23rd March. Considering the timed exclusivity agreement with Microsoft, the launch of this expansion pack for other platforms for significantly delayed.
As a result, Jaws of Hakkon arrived on PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360 on 26th May. Right now, there are many plans for future expansion packs of Dragon Age: Inquisition but it seems like Jaws of Hakkon was the last DLC to be experienced by Xbox 360 and PS3 owners.
The company further declared, “All future ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ DLC will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One only, so we designed our Save Importer feature to help make the transition to a new console as easy as possible.”
We already mentioned that the Save Importer tool will carry forward any Dragon Age Inquisition save files from your last console and carry it forward to the new one. Keep in mind that this transfer of save files will also include all your in-game inventory and promotional items.
Meanwhile, Dragon Age: Inquisition is currently available at half-price in the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale. If you are a little patient, you will witness it joining the EA Access subscription program in August.
As a result, you can subscribe to that for a month and play any new DLC in that manner. A few days back, creative director Mike Laidlow admitted to Eurogamer that developing Dragon Age: Inquisition across five different platforms, spanning two different console generations was a great challenge.
Furthermore, some ideas had to be cut due to the memory limitations. On a brighter note, the upcoming DLCs should be able to move beyond these memory limitations since the developers will no longer consider the Stone-Age hardware on Xbox 360 and PS3.
BioWare was asked about the future stories in the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC. BioWare declared “we’re not quite done with story content for DAI just yet”.