BioWare Announces Free Dragon Age Launch-Day DLC and More

BioWare Announces Free Dragon Age Launch-Day DLC and More


Yesterday we reported that Turn 10 and Microsoft will be launching additional tracks and cars on launch day. This additional content can be downloaded for free by anyone that purchases the game new.

Over the last several months, game production houses and development studios have been trying to come up with ways to limit the secondary game market (i.e. used games and renting). Apparently, providing a chit for “extra” game content is the path to be trodden.

Today, BioWare announced that two DLC packs will be available at launch. The first, Stone Prisoner, will be made available for free with all new purchases. Players that pick the game up used later on will be able to purchase it for $15 via PSN and the game menu for PC, or for 1200 Microsoft points. The Stone Prisoner add-on brings with it one of the game’s most powerful party members, new areas, achievements, items, and story elements.

The second DLC, Warden’s Keep, will not be free to anyone. It will cost $7 via PSN and the PC’s menu, or for 560 Microsoft points. Warden’s Keep brings new quests, new features (base of operations and additional party storage), new items (Grey Warden Commander armor) and abilities, and even more achievements.

Finally, the Blood Dragon armor previously touted will now be free to every new-game purchaser (Regular or Collector’s Edition). Additionally, the Blood Dragon armor will be unlockable and wearable in Mass Effect 2 if you have purchased and registered both games.

Dragon Age: Origins is set for launch on November 3, 2009 for both PC and Xbox 360, with the PS3 version coming a bit later in the month. More detail on the DLC goodies is featured below in the presser.

If you’re still craving more Dragon Age goodness, check out our interview with the minds behind the game: Mark Darrah, Mike Laidlaw, Dr. Greg Zeschuk, and Dr. Ray Muzyka by clicking HERE .

Press Release:

The Stone Prisoner: Available at game launch.

The darkspawn-infested village of Honnleath holds a secret: the forgotten stone figure at the town’s heart is a powerful golem frozen in time. the creature and reveal a storied quest to unlock its power and mysterious past.

Download The Stone Prisoner and gain access to Shale, a mighty stone golem who can join the party and travel throughout Dragon Age: Origins. One of the most powerful characters in the game, Shale comes with a rich back story, extensive voice acting, and a unique follower quest to explore. The Stone Prisoner also includes new environments, items, and hours of additional gameplay that adds to the Dragon Age: Origins campaign.

•A powerful new party member to aid in the epic quest to save Ferelden from the Blight

•New areas, including the troubled village of Honnleath

•New achievements, items, and unique insights into the Dragon Age: Origins storyline

Warden’s Keep: Available at game launch.

Some claim the fortress of Soldier’s Peak is corrupted and overrun by demons. Others whisper of betrayal and the spirits of murdered Grey Wardens. Whatever the truth, Soldier’s Peak is no place for the living.

Relive the darkest hour of the Grey Wardens with all-new content that adds to the main Dragon Age: Origins campaign. This downloadable adventure reveals secrets hidden for generations, and includes unique achievements, unlockable character abilities, powerful items, and much more!

•New quests – discover what really happened to the Grey Wardens of old and what led to their expulsion from Ferelden

•New features – a base of operations with party storage. Inventory full? Stash new items as well as loot from the main Dragon Age: Origins campaign

•New items and abilities – talents and spells from the Power of Blood school, unique achievements, and powerful items including a set of Grey Warden Commander armor

Blood Dragon Armor: Available at game launch.


*Included with original purchase and registration of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. Commissioned by an infamous Nevarran dragon hunter, this armor was crafted in a time when dragons had almost been hunted to extinction. Infused with their blood, the armor gained notoriety after the hunter died at the hands of men rather than the dragons it was designed to protect him from.

Purchase a new copy of Dragon Age: Origins (regular or Collector’s Edition) and receive a code to download Blood Dragon Armor, a full set of armor that grants exceptional protection in combat.

Activate the code in Dragon Age: Origins and the Blood Dragon Armor will also unlock for use in BioWare’s upcoming science fiction epic, Mass Effect 2. Take your armor to the edge of the galaxy!

•Acquire a new 4-piece armor set for Dragon Age: Origins.

•You’ll also receive a copy of the Blood Dragon Armor in BioWare’s upcoming science fiction epic, Mass Effect 2.

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