The hardcore fans will always have some criticism for BioWare, but that negative feedback seemed to reach a boiling point after Dragon Age II arrived.
We maintain the game was still great, but it wasn't elite. It wasn't vintage BioWare in terms of overwhelming quality, and it wasn't a role-playing lover's RPG. But the developers say they plan to take the best parts of Dragon Age: Origins and DAII, and create one heck of a game in Dragon Age III . In speaking to PC Gamer , BioWare CEO Ray Muzyka talked about the team's plans:
"The team is going to have some things that are going to surprise both sets of fans, both core fans and new fans with a marriage of the best from both games, Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2."
Muzyka said there were lots of 90+ reviews for DAII, but the scores would decline if a critic had expected Origins , so "there was a misalignment of expectation there." But they take their core fans very seriously, and they fully intend to make 'em happy. Added Muzyka:
"One of the core values of Bioware is that we take feedback really seriously, and we know that the core fans who were expecting more Dragon Age Origins – we have to respond to that – we’re not willing to ignore that, we’re going to take that head on."
The bottom line is that BioWare will take feedback from both sets of fans – those who were disappointed with DAII and those who weren't – and incorporate all of it into the next entry. So ideally, we'll receive the best of both worlds…and that's appealing, is it not?