Dragon Age: Inquisition has had a rocky development cycle. I feel like I have been following this game for… wait for it… a Dragon Age! All terrible jokes aside, the game has suffered delays before – including one of a year’s length back in 2013 – and apparently it will suffer more.
According to executive producer Mark Darrah, this really will be the final delay. It seems that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the game, and that this one last month’s work of effort will be to polish it off and eradicate any bugs that still persist. Sounds good to me; RPGs are notoriously difficult to fine-tune due to their massive scope, so extending the development time can only be a good thing.
“This last bit of time is about polishing the experience we want you to see,” said Darrah. “Ensuring that our open spaces are as engaging as possible. Strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero’s choices. And ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you choose to play on.”
It’s also actually a blessing in disguise that one of October’s major releases got a delay. Not only is the month already jam-packed with AAA titles, but Dragon Age: Inquisition was set to release on October 7th alongside other multiple major releases including Alien: Isolation, Drive Club, NBA 2K15, and more. Furthermore, Dragon Age: Inquisition requires much more of a time sink than those other games, so it might have gotten lost in the shuffle for someone interested in all of the week’s major releases.
In other words, I won’t lose sleep over Dragon Age: Inquisition receiving one final delay, and you shouldn’t either. The updated release date is November 18th, launching exclusively on current generation consoles and PC.