BioWare is asking fans to vote for Mass Effect 3's N7 mask design in the March to the Mask Facebook challenge, a promotional event for upcoming 3rd person shooter Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. For winning the vote-off, they'll receive a VIP kit, whose goodies they'll pass along to us (presumably in a future giveaway). All you have to do is visit the Facebook post and leave the comment "B."
Dragon Age Legends, the Facebook game, was patched last night with a slew of new features and balance tweaks. Notably, if you log in anytime from March 23 to March 29, you can claim a free item, the Medieval PlumbBob, in celebration of the release of The Sims: Medieval. Other changes include the addition of Crowns to a few quest rewards, the ability to respec your character (costs 1,000 gold), and ability tweaks. Read More
Gamespot has scored a bunch of Dragon Age: Legends beta keys to give away. All you need to do is go here and sign up for membership (free) at their website. This giveaway will last until March 7, 2011 or when all beta keys have been claimed. Getting access to the beta is one possible way to participate in the DA:Legends Head Start when it begins (coinciding with Dragon Age 2's release).
Really commander? A scratch and win game feature in an online rpg... I'm not exactly sure how this fits in with the whole RPG experience, but it does seem like EA2D is scrambling to attract/retain players by giving away loot. Free loot!
On their Facebook page, the Dragon Age: Legends team answered ten questions submitted by the player community. The Q&A covers a variety of topics, from general to gameplay specifics and what's on the horizon for this Facebook game.
Dragon Age: Legends, the Facebook game tie-in to Dragon Age 2, has finally entered open beta, officially ending the Head Start event and opening up a new area, the Planasene Forest, so that you can undertake quests to fight against the witch Soliel and her demonic minions.
Ryanth over at Bioware posted up another notice about an upcoming data wipe for Dragon Age Legends closed beta: "We will be performing a data wipe on all current Dragon Age Beta players on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011. We have been hard at work adding new content to the early stages of the game that we want players to start testing." Furthermore, the @dragonage twitter indicates that launch should indeed be in March. Does this mean that Legends will go live with the release of Dragon Age 2?
As penning news blurbs can get time consuming and unwieldy in blog format and has shifted our focus from covering our projects and writing articles and guides, we've decided to shift news blurb updates to Facebook, delivering more of the Bioware gaming related stuff we sift through each day faster and more thoroughly. Larger things will still probably get a treatment from us, especially if it isn't collated nicely into a link. We could use your support: Help us out by Liking BiowareFans on Facebook so that they'll let us register a short URL among other features restricted from new fan pages >.<
This week, EA2D's Soren Johnson talks to the Jumping the Shark crew about Dragon Age: Legends, the design and development challenges of Facebook games, past and future of social gaming, and so forth. If Soren Johnson's essays on DA:L design interest you, give this podcast a listen, because he fields a lot of questions about this facebook game's design here as well.
The industrious folks over at EA2D have come out with a mobile (namely iPhone) friendly interface to stalk your own Dragon Age: Legends character, collect goods, and queue up more crafts on the go. Thanks to the clean interface, it's a snap to see at a glance your stock and resources...moreso than in the game itself. The price of convenience? Double the crafting costs...
Dura's Blue Flame, the last of the Dragon Age: Legends unlockables for Dragon Age 2, has been unlocked to commemorate developer Ryanth's birthday and meeting the goal of 100,000 Facebook likes. To claim your free amulet for Dragon Age 2, simply log into Dragon Age: Legends on Facebook and you'll receive a message about the unlock. The amulet's stats are: +23 Attack, +10% Fire Damage, +10% Cold Damage.
EA2D pushed some updates to the Closed Beta version of Dragon Age Legends today. The updates range from some fixes to abilities (Shield Wall is now useable), an updated UI and some new glitches. The guys also threw in a bonus in the loading screen that is just awesome. A shimmying Shale? I'll take 8!