A lot of people wanted more freedom and openness in Dragon Age II . And let's face it, "freedom and openness" is the core mantra of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim .
So maybe if BioWare is seeking to make Dragon Age III: Inquisition more like Bethesda's epic role-playing franchise, it means they're simultaneously listening to fan feedback and taking cues from hugely successful competition.
According to Kotaku citing a recent Game Informer interview with BioWare Edmonton and Montreal general manager Aaryn Flynn, the new Dragon Age has indeed been influenced by Skyrim :
"You can't look at a game like Skyrim and not think about how impressive what they've accomplished is or [think] that's an interesting new direction or that there was something that didn't work well for them that we could take in a new direction. So, we're always influenced by these games, especially in a relatively tight-knit genre like RPGs."
There's a possibility that Dragon Age III is now a next-gen project , which means BioWare will have all sorts of power with which to craft their more open-ended universe. Still, I'd rather not see a Skyrim clone; let's try and keep some individuality, shall we?
Related Game(s): Dragon Age III: Inquisition