“We’re very excited to be among the first games launching on Google’s new social project. It’s an honor to join Google in celebrating the birth of their gaming platform on Google+ by expanding Dragon Age Legends to an even wider audience,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-founder of BioWare and General Manager of the BioWare Label at EA. “Dragon Age Legends raises the quality bar for social network games. By bringing the franchise to Google+, we’re able to connect and entertain Millions of existing and new fans within the rich, immersive Dragon Age universe!”
Having raised the hackles of gamers in July by denying access to individuals not using their “real” name, Google+™ appears to be offering an olive branch of sorts by making Dragon Age Legends, the popular dark fantasy RPG from Electronic Arts Inc. one of the first games available through the fledgling social network. Dragon Age Legends, developed by BioWare San Francisco, is the only game of its kind on Google+. It reportedly became available on Thursday, 11 August, 2011, however, as with all things related to Google+, not everyone has access to it because “We’re currently testing with a small number of Google+ users.” So much for the olive branch.
The game sounds great. BioWare and EA have reportedly reinvented the Dragon Age franchise for social play on Google+. What that means is that they have created a game blending tactical combat, progression and exploration of the Dragon Age universe in a way specifically designed for gameplay using the Circles and Hangouts that are the hallmark of Google+.
Dragon Age Legends for Goggle+ puts players back into the Free Marches, the primary setting of Dragon Age II which debuted in March 2011 for the Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 systems as well as the PC. Google+ players will take on challenging quests as part of an engaging storyline that allows them to earn loot, share rewards and grow their kingdom alongside those of their Google+ friends and connections.
Dragon Age Legends includes a gratifying character customization and upgrade system that allows players to defeat demons and Darkspawn to become a legendary hero within the Dragon Age universe. Players will also test their mettle against their friends in player versus player combat in the Guild arenas. Unfortunately for those role-players adventuring on Facebook as well as Google+, the two universes are not compatible, although both are tied to the player’s EA account, according to the Dragon Age Legends FAQ.
For more information on Dragon Age Legends, and to play the game, visit www.dragonagelegends.com or http://www.plus.google.com. If you haven’t already, you can join the Dragon Age community at social.bioware.com.