In an open letter on their website, BioWare has just announced the third game in their fantasy RPG series, Dragon Age. Subtitled ‘Inquisition’, the title will be powered by the fellow EA studio DICE’s Frostbite 2 tech, the engine behind the Battlefield games, which will apparently allow for a “more expansive world, better visuals, more reactivity to player choices and more customisation”.

The letter was penned by Executive Producer Mark Darrah, and in it, he explains that Inquisition has been in development in some form for around two years, with work ramping up around 18 months ago, and that the development team is made up by much of the team that made the first two games in the series.

Dragon Age 2 caught a lot of flack from fans of Origins (I must admit I haven’t played it; I never even finished Origins as I managed to pick the most redundant class, and then my save ended up bugged), and Darrah promised that BioWare have indeed been listening to fan feedback:

“Part of that effort has involved you, our fans, and the feedback you’ve provided for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, and their DLC. We’ve visited message boards, read reviews, and we’ve gone to events to have direct face to face conversations with some of our most passionate fans. We’ve been listening, and we will continue to listen.”, he said.

No platforms are being discussed yet, but the game is due to launch in late 2013. Could Dragon Age 3: Inquisition be a next-gen launch title, or will it be a last hurrah for our now-aging consoles?

At any rate, I’m going to have to finish Origins and then play Dragon Age 2 in the next year! How do fans of the franchise feel about this announcement? Let me know in the comments below.

Read Mark Darrah’s open letter here: