Just before Dragon Age 2 was released, EA opened the Facebook tie-in game Dragon Age Legends to the public at large with a beta test, with 5 unlockable Dragon Age 2 items offered as an incentive to check it out.
The game has since been updated with exactly what to do to unlock the items:
Evra’s Might: Learn how to build your castle in the tutorial.
Evra’s Trophy Belt: Reach Freylen’s Peak and complete the quest Vantage Point.
Air of Confidence: Complete the quest Secure Fort Elim.
Ivo Family Crest: Defeat Raspin and complete the quest The Rascal Raspin.
Details on how to unlock the last item, Dura’s Blue Flame is listed as coming soon.
Obviously you need to link your EA account to DA: Legends to avail of the unlockables, it’s a straightforward enough process when you begin to play Legends. If you want to get all possible bonus items, BioWare have also posted up a handy list of all the unlockables available for the game here along with what you need to do to get them.
As a big fan of Dragon Age Origins I liked what I saw in the DA2 demo and plan to buy the game next week or so, but I’ve heard some bad things from a friend who has played. Likening the confined area maps to BioWare’s lukewarm RPG Jade Empire, he called it essentially a ‘hollow cash in’ of the first game. I was kind of disappointed to hear a bad review, and indeed I’ve heard nothing but good things since it was released, including a solid 84% rating on Metacritic.
If you’ve played DA2 yourself let me know what it’s like in the comments below.
BioWare have compiled all the different bonus items for the newly released Dragon Age 2 into a handy list along with how to get them.
Check the list here, and also check BioWare’s registered game content page which will tell you which items you’re already entitled to, such as
the likes of the Blood Dragon Armour addon from Dragon Age: Origins which you can also use in DA2.
Not mentioned on the page for some reason is the five items up for grabs simply for playing the tie-in Facebook game Dragon Age Legends.
A lot of the other items on BioWare’s list will cease to be available sometime today because they were offered as incentives for preordering, and indeed a cursory check of the Amazon listing offers no bonus items with the purchase today.
Dragon Age 2 was released today for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. There’s a playable demo to check out if you want to try before you buy, and a glowing 89 out of 100 score on Metacritic if you still need to talk yourself into getting it.
BioWare are gearing up for the major launch of Dragon Age 2 on March the 8th and EA have made the availability of beta keys for the tie-in Facebook game a lot easier to come by.
To snag a key and start playing the game, head to Gamespot’s promo page here and register or sign in to claim a beta key. Then just sign into Dragon Age: Legends here with your EA account and enter the key to start playing. You can view detailed info about your exploits and manage aspects of the game from the EA site here as well.
I spent a pleasant half hour playing the tutorial and there’s a lot to to DA: Legends for a Facebook game. It follows a straight-forward turn-based combat system for battles but also includes recruiting members with different skills to your party, building a castle for your hero, crafting items like potions and so on to aid you in battle as well as an energy bar that ticks up every few minutes (you need energy to do battle).
Unlockable DA2 items in Dragon Age: Legends
One of the main draws of playing the Facebook game is unlocking items in Dragon Age 2 when it’s released and currently there are 5 items listed in the game to unlock, namely two rings, a trophy belt, and two amulets. The information on how exactly to unlock the items is said to be coming soon. To view detailed info on the items inside DA: Legends, click the options icon in the top right of the screen and the DA2 Unlocks option appears in the sidebar.
Dragon Age 2 is set to launch for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on March the 8th. Check out the playable demo if you haven’t already, completing it also unlocks some items for the full game.
More info about Dragon Age : Legends can be found at the official Facebook page and Twitter profile. There’s also a fan-submitted question and answer article from the game producer here.
BioWare have released the first playable demo for Dragon Age II and downloading and completing the 1.9GB demo will unlock in-game items for the full game, set for release early in March.
BioWare are running a ‘Call to Arms’ promotion for the demo, aiming to hit 1 million downloads by March 1. When the download count hits 1 million, two in-game books (Lothering’s Lament and The Far Cliffs of Kirkwall) will be unlocked which give an XP and money boost when read. At the time of this posting, 421105 copies of the demo have been downloaded.
To be eligible to have your download counted for the goodies, you need to be logged into your EA account while playing the demo.
In a further promo, completing the demo will also unlock an in-game blade for the full version of the game:
Hayder’s Razor, an ancient dwarven blade which increases health, mana, and combat abilities, in the full release of Dragon Age 2.
Hayder’s Razor will be available until May 31.
Dragon Age II is set for release on March 8 in the US and March 11 in the EU and follows the massive success of the original Dragon Age: Origins and its expansion, Awakening.
Steam and Amazon (among others) are taking pre-orders for the upcoming Dragon Age 2. The sequel to 2009′s uber popular Game of the Year Dragon Age: Origins will be released on the 8th of March on PC, Xbox and PS3.
BioWare however, are offering customers incentive to pre-ordering the game before March 8th by adding (at no extra cost) additional in-game content:
The core of this blade is old. As old as the first smiths who sought a way to battle the nightmares from the land beyond. It has fought the demonic hosts in countless battles. Sometimes it has been held high in triumphant victory. Other times, it has lain broken besides its dying owner. But after every defeat it has always been reclaimed, reforged, and made stronger. Fadeshear has passed through many hands before yours. Now it is your turn to make the demons of the Fade pay for crossing the Veil into the waking world.
Improves with level-up
Additional damage vs. demons and undead
The Lion of Orlais
At the height of the Summer War all of Orlais was embroiled in fierce battles. Over the course of the war dozens of contenders for the Imperial Throne emerged – most long forgotten except as footnotes in scholarly tomes. But everyone remembers the gallant young lord Emile Deveraux, “The Golden Prince”. Thought outnumbered at every turn, he racked victory upon victory culminating in the Seventh Battle of Roses. While wearing this shield he broke through his uncle’s vanguard to win the day. He never knew the taste of defeat, instead meeting his end at the hands of a jealous lover in the dead of night.
Two rune slots
Adds to health
Adds to % XP gain
The Black Emporium
A magic item store that has some of the best equipment you’ll find in the game. It’s restocked with better items as you progress through the story.
A loyal mabari hound that fights at your side in battle.
The “Mirror of Transformation”. Gaze into it and you can change your very appearance. Hair, eyes, tattoos, and more can be changed with the click of a button.
A crafting store which sells powerful unique recipes.
Explore the Black Emporium and uncover its strange secrets and lore. Be sure to see its strange proprietor. It should prove most… memorable.
Epic Weapons are auctioning swords based on those found in Dragon Age: Origins ahead of a wider sale of the swords in December and January. These serious looking swords are 52 inches long, 8 to 15 pounds in weight and made of stainless steel.
Each sword is embedded with a Game-to-Gear RFID chip for easy identification and certification, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and wall mount. Each participant who registers will be guaranteed a Grey Warden Sword or Darkspawn Greatsword (of their choosing) with delivery following the auction winners in the order of sign-up.
No doubt these swords are cool, but surely a sword over 4 feet long will cause problems with customs, delivery etc? I don’t know what the law is in the United States for owning swords but here in Ireland it’s definitely illegal to own something like this, even if the blade is blunt like Epic Weapons claim and is ‘only for display purposes’.
Either way, one of those would look cool hanging above any mantlepiece. Check out the auction here. The starting bid for the swords is $349. There’s 7 and a half days left for both the Darkspawn Greatsword and the Grey Warden sword.
In a blog post on EA’s website, Ethan Levy, the producer of Dragon Age: Legends, has reassured fans of the original Dragon Age Flash game that the company intend to continue the story at some time in the future.
Levy explains that the plan was initially for Dragon Age Journeys to have 3 chapters:
As the launch of Dragon Age: Origins neared, it was clear we were simply building too much game. The answer was to break the game into three chapters, ensuring we had time to deliver the polished AAA browser experience we set out to build instead of shipping a longer game in an unpolished, buggy state.
Levy and his team are currently focused on the upcoming Dragon Age Legends Facebook game, and he promises his commitment to getting the rest of the Dragon Age Journeys content out to fans, though he doesn’t give a timeframe for when that will be:
Journeys/Legends programmer Ben Humberston and I still put in a few hours here and there on Journeys, most notably during a recent studio wide 24 Hour Hack’a’thon. We are about 80% complete, and I personally feel a heavy obligation to finish the game. I want to finish the game for you, the fans who loved the game we put out before Origins’ release. I want to finish the game for my studio, because I know it will be another proud moment to release a AAA browser game based on a much loved franchise. Most of all, I want to finish the game for Dan and Andrew, because it would be a great disservice not to share their incredible work with all the gamers eager for another journey.
You can play Dragon Age Journeys for free here or follow development on the official Twitter feed @dajourneys.
This story slipped by without me noticing earlier in November, but BioWare are currently working on a Facebook game tie-in for Dragon Age 2. Dragon Age Legends looks similar in style to the Dragon Age Journeys flash game that was released as a promo for Origins judging by the screenshots. Perhaps the company will roll out some special ingame DA2 items that can be unlocked by playing, as they did with Journeys.
Explore Dragon Age 2′s Free Marches for the first time in Dragon Age Legends on Facebook. Take down demons and darkspawn with your friends in this action-packed, strategy RPG. From the makers of Dragon Age Journeys comes the most epic game on Facebook. Be Legendary!
BioWare are inviting beta signups for the game which you can find here, you need to sign up with your EA account. They are also maintaining a Twitter account @da_legends with status updates. You can also check out the lore and other info about the game here.
BioWare are offering a free piece of Dragon Age II DLC for those who sign up to their newsletter during October. To get the free Staff of Parlanthan, simply sign up for the newsletter on the official site for the game. You will receive a code to activate the staff for when the game ships.
Important: to make sure you are properly signed up to the Dragon Age newsletter, check your options on BioWare’s newsletter page here.
BioWare have been drip-feeding Dragon Age related tidbits through their Facebook page since DA2 was announced, and earlier today an extra-long version of the announcement trailer was posted up.
The trailer runs an extra 40 seconds long and is slick. It depicts the Qunari invasion of Kirkwall and features a high-ranking ‘evil’ Qunari doing battle with Hawke, the game’s hero who might not be as ‘good’ as he first seemed.
BioWare have announced the sequel to Dragon Age: Origins will ship next March and have launched a brand new website and trailer for the game.
Dragon Age 2 is set sometime after the Blight of Ferelden, as the Darkspawn and other threats emerge to endanger the world again.
The official FAQ reveals it will be a standalone experience, and players won’t need to own Dragon Age: Origins to play.
Familiar characters from the first game will make an appearance, and many new spells are promised.
Dragon Age 2 is available to preorder on the EA Store (digital download), Amazon.com and GameStop. The game is listed as $49.95 for the XP/Vista version, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions cost $59.95.
Those lucky enough to attend Gamescom in Cologne Germany August 19-22 will have a chance to play a playable demo of Dragon Age 2 on Xbox 360 and PS3.