In the wake of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Dragon Age 2 writer David Gaider has chimed in with what he would do with carte blanche to make an equally uncompromising version of his work. In short: The city would be much bigger, the choices would have more nuance, and you could take Varric to bed.
In a Twitter thread, Gaider answered the hypothetical saying that Dragon Age 2 was “THE Project of Multiple Regrets.” For starters, he says, he would either include significant changes to the city of Kirkwall as the game spans the course of years, or reduce the time between acts to months instead of years. He added that he doesn’t care much about the oft-repeated criticism of repetitive missions, but just would like Kirkwall to feel more crowded and alive.
More specific to your player character, he said he’d like to restore a cut plot where the hero Hawke almost became an abomination. Plus, he’d like to restore cut lines, the absence of which made NPC interactions seem inconsistent, as if they’d never met you or forgot you had romanced them.
And he says Act 3 would need to be developed much further, as parts of it only existed as “index cards posted on the wall,” but more time would make the Templar/Mage conflict seem less abrupt. In fact, he says, he’d like to have added an option in which you could justifiably criticize both sides of the conflict and go your own way, since you could “brand both sides as bat**** pretty legitimately.”
Finally, on a lighter note, he said he’d include a Varric romance. He says that Varric was always meant to come off as a “slimy car salesman” but he ended up a fan favorite. On that note, Gaider also noted that he’d restore the idea that Varric would begin every act exaggerating all of his stories, until called out by another character, Cassandra.
All that said, Gaider did throw cold water on the idea too.
“I mean, it’s the most hypothetical of hypotheticals,” he said. “It’s never gonna happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if EA considered DA2 its embarrassing red-headed stepchild.”
Following the big-budget restoration of the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League, several creatives have talked about their own hypothetical uncut versions of movies and other media. The term has quickly become shorthand for a totally uncompromising vision. Meanwhile, Suicide Squad director David Ayer has still been openly campaigning for his own Snyder Cut version of the 2016 movie, though WarnerMedia CEO Ann Sarnoff says it’s not going to happen.
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