EA Labels president Frank Gibeau is now tackling the question of why Dragon Age: Inquisition, a game previously announced as Dragon Age 3 last September, no longer features its original roman numerals.
Speaking to IGN, Gibeau says the change in title is the result of tactical marketing and a decision to put more emphasis on the game's inquisition plot arc.
"I think there's always this debate over numbers versus no numbers, what works, what doesn't work," said Gibeau. "We felt like we wanted to bring more attention to the word Inquisition, because that's more the story arc of what it's like. There's a whole bunch of gameplay and features and big story choices related to how you go through this Inquisition that happens in the world."
"It's a tactical marketing decision," Gibeau continued. "There wasn't anything that strategic about it, to be blunt. We just wanted to draw more attention to the fact that Inquisition is an all-new chapter inside of the Dragon Age universe, as opposed to people expecting a follow-on to Dragon Age 1 and 2 in a literal, linear sense."
The game was officially announced during the Electronic Arts E3 press conference earlier in the month. According to developer BioWare, the title will run on DICE's Frostbite engine and will feature "a vast, open world, where your choices not only affect the story, but the world around you."
Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC.