BioWare has listened to fan feedback and confirmed that the Qunari will be a playable race in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
The announcement was made at a recent PAX Prime presentation and comes after the developer confirmed last month that multiple playable races would be returning to the series – a feature that was present in Dragon Age: Origins but omitted in Dragon Age II.
The Qunari are a towering horned race popularised by characters such as The Arishok and fan favourite, Sten, one of the Grey Warden’s companions in the original game. Alongside human, elf and dwarf, the Qunari now become the fourth playable race in the series and gamers will have the option of playing as either a male or female Qunari in Inquisition.
BioWare appears to be listening to fans in other areas too, with an increased focus on open-world environments and the return of the tactical camera that provides an overhead view of battles. These features ought to improve upon the heavily-recycled environments and faster combat of Dragon Age II, which were common criticisms levelled against the game following its 2011 release.
Following the PAX presentation, a video featuring in-game footage of Dragon Age: Inquisition (see below) was also made available. The video features new mage and warrior-styled combat, a titular fire-breathing dragon, and destructible environments courtesy of the next-gen Frostbite 3 engine.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in fall 2014.