Monday, 10 January 2011 14:35

Dragon Age II DLC available at launch

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BioWare's highly anticipated RPG Dragon Age II, the sequel to one of the most acclaimed fantasy games ever produced, is still a couple of months from release, this fact has not stopped publisher EA announcing the first downloadable content for the game.  The Exiled Prince will be available on the Dragon Age II launch day.

People are already pre-ordering Dragon Age II, and for the most dedicated fans, even more Dragon Age II is never enough.  For them developer BioWare is aiming the first of what is sure to be many paid-for DLC packs.  Whether purchases will rejoice or reject the announcment of paid-for DLC available at the time of the games release is yet to be determined. 

Here are the details of the first DLC:

Leading video game developer BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., announced today 'The Exiled Prince,' a three-mission digital content pack for Dragon Age IIâ„¢, will be available for download coinciding with Dragon Age II's Australian and New Zealand retail launch on March 10, 2011.

Gamers who pre-order Dragon Age II before January 12 will receive a free upgrade to the Dragon Age II BioWare Signature Edition, which includes over $20 of additional content including 'The Exiled Prince' DLC pack, the game's digital soundtrack and an exclusive in-game digital armory featuring a variety of in-game weapons. For those who do not preorder Dragon Age II before January 12, 'The Exiled Prince' will be available for purchase separately for 560 Microsoft Points.


'The Exiled Prince' introduces the noble archer Sebastian Vael, with players joining him in the middle of his quest to avenge the brutal murder of his family. Sworn to the priesthood as a boy, Sebastian is forced to re-enter the viper's nest of princely politics when his family is brutally murdered, leaving him as the sole surviving heir. Banding together with Sebastian and his unshakable loyalty and excellent aim, players will choose to either avenge Sebastian's murdered family to reclaim his title or direct his holy vengeance on their enemies in Kirkwall. In addition to this action-packed storyline, players will also be able to enlist Sebastian as a follower throughout a majority of Dragon Age II.


'Our goal for the Dragon Age II DLC is to extend Hawke's journey and the Dragon Age universe by introducing additional characters with meaningful storylines and intense, dynamic missions,' said Mark Darrah, Executive Producer of Dragon Age II. 'Not only will 'The Exiled Prince' allow players to experience Sebastian's powerful revenge story, but they will also be able to utilize him as a follower throughout Hawke's rise to power in Dragon Age II.'


One of the most anticipated games of 2011, Dragon Age II, has been hailed as 'An Epic'¦' by Game Informer magazine, 'brutal and incredibly satisfying' by IGN.com and 'Bloody as Hell'¦ by 1Up.com.


Dragon Age II will be available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PC in Australia and New Zealand on March 10, 2011. For more information on Dragon Age II, please visit http://www.ea.com/dragonage2 , http://www.ea.com/nz/dragonage2 , follow the game at twitter.com/dragonage and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DragonAgeOrigins.

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