Dragon Age II Released By BioWare

The Edmonton-based company is getting a lot of attention with their latest release.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Dragon Age II Released By BioWare

BioWare, a company headed in Edmonton, Alberta, just released their latest video game Dragon Age II to the delight of gamers and critics everywhere. Two days ago the game hit store shelves in the North American market, and yesterday the official Dragon II soundtrack also became available on iTunes.

It’s the highly-anticipated sequel to the first game, Dragon Age: Origins, which came out in November 2009. Both of the games were created in conjunction with EA.

Peter Nowak, a game reviewer for CNN, writes about “Dragon Age II”: “The tale begins with Verric, a dwarven rogue, being interrogated by an armoured woman introduced only as ‘the seeker.’ She wants to know the tale of Hawke, the champion of her city state of Kirkwall. Hawke is, of course, controlled by the player, who chooses the character’s gender. It’s a little shorter than its predecessor but the sequel will still eat up at least 30 to 40 hours of your life.”

BioWare, which was founded in 1995, is an electronic entertainment company in Alberta who are renowned for creating award-winning role-playing and fantasy games like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, as well as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Mass Effect 2. The company has since evolved into four studios – BioWare Edmonton, BioWare Austin, BioWare Mythic, and BioWare Montreal, making up the RPG/MMO Group within Electronic Arts. In the last year BioWare has also announced that they have plans to open an office in Ireland.

Dragon Age II is now in stores and is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles as well as PCs and Macs.