The Keep will allow players to customize "as much or as little" as desired about the game's world. Players will be able to track how they modified their previous characters, who they romanced, recruited companions and more. New players will able to access the Keep to better understand events from the last two games.
"Very early in the planning of DAI, we began to think about how we were going to address the issue of importing save game files," Darrah wrote. "We were dealing with a brand new game engine, plus the next generation of consoles. It was a priority that our fans be able to have their decisions carry forward, regardless of their past or future platform. We realized that in order to make this work, we'd have to look into a cloud-based solution."
With cloud-based access, players will be able to fully explore scenarios of past games and learn of different consequences. BioWare is still considering different ways to import saves as well. Those interested in Dragon Age Keep can register for its beta now; the service is expected to fully launch next year.
"Choices in our games are immense, and on occasion subtly perceived," Darrah wrote. "In some cases, the consequences of decisions you've made in a past game won't reveal themselves until some future story. Handling all these permutations is complex. Really complex. Tracking all possible prerequisites and potential knock-ons, even just to create the simple acknowledgement of a choice is very detailed — and prone to error."