The final DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition was released this week and with its completion comes the end of new content for the game meaning that this is the games grand finale. The DLC, named Trespasser, is a story based DLC that takes place two years after the events of the core game. The Inquisition must return to Halamshiral and face the Exalted Council, a political attempt to formally disband the Inquisition all together. On top of that there is a threat from the Qunari as a group of them plots an attack that could launch all of Thedas into a massive war. The good news? We get to see all our old buddies again and have new conversations with them, which is exciting and insightful. There are also various new locations, items and even – you guessed it – a new dragon. Also, we get to see Solas again and he answers some burning questions which is awesome. I am rather fond of the Trespasser DLC and really enjoyed playing through it with my main character. All in all I feel that it wraps up the game rather nicely, though the ending of things – however wrapped up – never feels great.
After completing the Trespasser DLC I’m left with a bit of an empty feeling and the question of what I will do with myself now. Of course I could go out and play something else. I’ve put a good 300+ hour into Dragon Age: Inquisition, cumulatively, since it’s release though so it’s something I’ve dedicated a fair amount of the past year to. It’s become my downtime game so when there is nothing new for me to play (like right now, for example) I pop it in and play it. Of course there wont always be downtime, there are a few games coming out in the next few months that I’ll be playing. While games like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 will undoubtedly be first and foremost on my “must play now” list, essentially nudging Dragon Age: Inquisition out for a good while, I’ll still miss my Inquisitor’s and their journey. Connecting with games and characters in this way always leads to a bit melancholy because at some point it ends, I suppose that’s the downside of wonderful, enthralling, in-depth games.
Enough about me though, as I’m sure I’ll get over it soon enough, let’s talk about the other question I have: What’s next for the Dragon Age series? If you have yet to complete the game then I warn you now to skip this paragraph all together as it involves some major spoiler. I warned you. If you’re still reading I assume you’ve finished the game so here I go spoiling some things. Now that we know that Solas is indeed Fen’Harel, the Dread Wolf of Elven legend who is revered as a god by the elves, and that his master plan is to basically destroy the world in order to restore the world of old, there is a lot to be afraid of. If the end of Trespasser is any indication, the next game will most likely deal with the threat of Solas as the protagonist attempts to save the world and it appears that it may very well take place in the Tevinter Imperium. Will that protagonist be our Inquisitor though? The Dragon Age series, unlike the Mass Effect series, has yet to have a recurring protagonist. Every game in the series thus far as featured a different main character. However, if a sequel consists of the Solas threat you’d think the Inquisitor would be involved at some point, right? I suppose he or she wouldn’t have to be the main character though, much like how Hawke from Dragon Age 2 was a part of Inquisition without being the main character. Whatever the case, we wont really know for a good deal of time so at this point it’s all about speculation and theories but those are fun, are they not?
While I don’t have the answers to all the questions posed here, it’s enjoyable to think about some possible answers. It’s one way to keep the excitement alive so that the end doesn’t feel so abrupt. It’s hard connecting to characters in this way as it is usually the main source of the “game over” sadness. The Trespasser DLC has moments that are very reminiscent of Mass Effect 3’s Citadel DLC in that you realize it’s the last time to see your friends yet you’re still happy to be a part of it, however sad you are when it is inevitably over. This isn’t the first time a game has left me feeling this way but every time it stings a bit, which I’m sure is a relatable feeling regardless of whatever game comes to mind when this feeling is brought up. I, of course, will slowly move on to new games but I will never forget this one, just as I will never forget all the others that have contributed to my fondest of gaming memories. So what about you? What are your thoughts on the Trespasser DLC and what do you think is in store for the next Dragon Age game, if there is even to be one?