So, Bioware has revealed the tie-in social game for the newest Dragon Age, Heroes of Dragon Age. The free-to-play title is being developed by EA Capital Games, formerly known at Bioware Sacramento and Klicknation. Klicknation's previous titles were about a different kind of hero: the studio previously worked on the Facebook game Superhero City and the Supreme Heroes card-battle game for Android and iOS. The game allows you to collect heroes via in-game accomplishments or microtransactions, not unlike a card-battle game.
This is not the first time EA and Bioware have gone this route. The publisher launched Dragon Age: Journeys alongside Dragon Age: Origins. The game was a browser-borne, turn-based RPG developed by EA 2D. I remember playing the game since it unlocked items in Dragon Age: Origins; Journeys was actually a ton of fun for a little browser RPG. A bit of Diablo-esque exploration, some simple choices, decent team building, and a strategic turn-based combat system, all combined to make a surprisingly enjoyable spin-off.
You can still play Dragon Age: Journeys as EA never bothered to take the game down. I recommend you give it a try if you have a 10 minutes free.
The company's second outing, the BioWare San Francisco-developed Dragon Age: Legends, didn't fare as well. The Facebook game unlocked items for Dragon Age II, but it was chore to get anywhere. It was built upon the same gameplay found in Dragon Age: Journeys, but with much slower advancement and higher difficulty. Without a ton of friends also playing the game, players were forced to turn to microtransactions to progress.
EA removed Dragon Age: Legends from Facebook last year, asking players to move over to Age of Champions, another Klicknation-developed title. The publisher did throw fans a bone and made Dragon Age: Legends available as a downloadable title. It's quite possible that single-player, offline Dragon Age: Legends is a fantastic game, but I certainly don't have the time to try it out.
So where will Heroes of Dragon Age fall? I'll certainly check the game out; I'm that guy who plays all these little spin-off games in the name of broadening my experience with a world and maybe getting some cool in-game items. It doesn't always work out for me as Mass Effect: Infiltrator and Dead Space for Android were just okay, but as long as the price is low (or free!), I'm up for it. Of course, that's probably why the second-screen gaming trend doesn't bother me; I acknowledge that I may be alone in this respect.
Heroes of Dragon Age is coming this Fall for Android and iOS.
Have there been any mobile or social tie-in games that you particularly enjoyed or is the entire idea a desert of endless devastation for you?