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Dragon Age: The Veilguard’s Difficulty Options Look Great

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Dragon Age fans who’ve been “patiently” waiting for the next major instalment finally have reason to be excited lately, after the game was officially re-revealed during last month’s June gaming showcase season. Now titled Dragon Age: The Veilguard, the fourth game hasn’t just re-emerged with a new name and a first look at gameplay but is coming out this year, which is huge.

And given its so close, we’re already being treated to plenty of deeper looks at Dragon Age: The Veilguard, including a recent piece from Game Informer, who have been spending time at Bioware’s Edmonton office for their cover story on the game. The article goes over some of the difficulty options that players can expect to choose from once they have their hands on the game, although here they’re called “Playstyles,” which I think is a great way of taking the conversation away from things just being easier or harder.

There are three announced Playstyles so far. Storyteller, which is aimed at folks more interested in the role-playing narrative and less in the combat, Adventurer, which looks to be the “intended” experience and makes combat an important component of the journey, and finally one named Nightmare which no doubt plays like it sounds. With the exception of Nightmare, these settings can be changed at any point during the game.

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There’s also a fourth option dubbed Unbound, which will allow players to further tweak things like how the game’s wayfinding works, auto-aim and aim assistance, parry timing, damage and even a no-death option.

“[None of these options] are a cheat,” game director Corinne Busche tells Game Informer. “It’s an option to make sure players of all abilities can show up.”

It’ll be interesting to see the full slate of accessibility options in Veilguard, which haven’t been revealed yet, but based on what we’ve seen of the character creator and the already-introduced world it looks as though Bioware is continuing to commit hard to its games being as inclusive and approachable as possible, which is fantastic.

Dragon Age: The Veilguard is launching “Spring 2024” for PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.