EA’S DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS– AWAKENING ARRIVES ON SHELVES THIS WEEK
BioWare Fans Can Extend their Journey with the First Expansion Pack to the Best RPG of 2009
Guildford, UK– March 16, 2010– The siege begins again! Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that Dragon Age™: Origins– Awakening, the expansion pack to the globally acclaimed Dragon Age: Origins, is available now at retailers and via download on Xbox LIVE® and the PlayStation®Network (PSN) in North America. In Europe, the game will be available on Xbox and PC at retail and also via download from Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation®Network on March 19. Dragon Age: Origins– Awakening builds on the original Dragon Age: Origins masterpiece beginning where the first game ended.
“Dragon Age: Origins introduced us to a robust, mysterious, and tumultuous fantasy world,” said Aaryn Flynn, Studio General Manager of BioWare in Edmonton.“Dragon Age: Origins -- Awakening brings players deeper into the folds to face even more complex moral decisions as the leader of the Grey Wardens and the results of those responsibilities and actions.”
In Dragon Age: Origins– Awakening players assume the role of a Grey Warden Commander entrusted with rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and uncovering the mystery of how the darkspawn survive after the slaying of the Archdemon. In this chapter of the epic RPG saga, players make difficult moral choices about how to rebuild their order, resolve the conflict with the mysterious“Architect,” and determine the fate of the darkspawn. Each choice impacts the shape of each player’s heroic journey. Players will be able to import their character from Dragon Age: Origins or start out as a new Grey Warden from the neighboring land of Orlais.
Designed and written by the same team that created Dragon Age: Origins, the Awakening expansion pack introduces a brand new area of the world to explore known as Amaranthine. In this dark and dangerous world, players set out to unravel the secrets of the darkspawn and learn their true motivations. Players will face a range of horrific and terrifying creatures including an evolved, intelligent breed of darkspawn and other menacing creatures such as the Inferno Golem and a spectral dragon. Dragon Age: Origins– Awakening provides new customization tools for players to tailor their heroes and party and re-spec their character attributes, allowing for even greater replayability. Featuring an increased level cap, new spells, abilities, specializations and items, plus five all-new party members, players can further advance their adventures from Dragon Age: Origins.
Dragon Age Origins won over 30“Best of 2009” awards, was named“RPG of the Year” by Game Informer, G4, SpikeTV, and PC Gamer, and was hailed by Seth Schiesel of The New York Times as,“…perhaps the best electronic game made yet.”
Dragon Age: Origins– Awakening is available for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC. The game is rated“M” for mature by the ESRB 18 by the BBFC, and‘18+’ by PEGI, and has an MSRP of $39.99 in North America. Dragon Age: Origins is required to play Dragon Age: Origins– Awakening for original campaign, full features, and downloadable content.
For more information on Dragon Age: Origins– Awakening, please visit www.dragonage.com/awakening. Assets for Dragon Age: Origins– Awakening can be downloaded here:
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