Bioware announced that the sequel to Dragon Age: Origins will be available in North America on March 8, 2011, and in Europe on March 11, 2010. Dragon Age 2 will feature a new art direction, an updated method of storytelling, and faster-paced action. According to Bioware executive producer Mark Darrah, this new, more response combat system will allow players to “think like a general, but fight like a Spartan.” It’s probably safe to assume the Spartan to which he refers is of the Greek , rather than the Reach, variety.

In the sequel, players will be given the role of Hawke, a refugee whose homeland has been destroyed, and who becomes the Champion of Kirkwall. Hawke is intended to be “one of the most important characters” in the Dragon Age universe, and the lore of this character’s “blood-soaked” rise to power will be the driving force behind the story, which will span 10 years in the Dragon Age universe. Players will uniquely experience how the legend unfolds through the choices and allies that they make.

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