Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition cover
Developers
BioWare
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Frostbite 3
Release dates
Windows November 18, 2014
Reception
Metacritic 85
OpenCritic 88
IGDB 88
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC, Expansion pack
Microtransactions Currency, Loot box
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Third-person
Controls Direct control, Point and select
Genres RPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy, LGBTQ
Series Dragon Age
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Dragon Age: Inquisition guide on StrategyWiki
Dragon Age: Inquisition on MobyGames
Dragon Age: Inquisition on Wikipedia
Dragon Age
Dragon Age: Origins 2009
Dragon Age II 2011
Dragon Age: Inquisition 2014

Warnings

Mantle graphics API option requires an AMD video card with a driver version earlier than Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1.[1]

Key points

Events from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II can be imported via Dragon Age Keep.
Multiplayer is available as a free standalone title.

General information

EA Answers Forum
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Origin
Windows
Amazon.com
Origin
Windows
Humble Store
Origin
Digital Deluxe Edition.
Windows
Origin
Origin
Included with EA Play.
Windows
Steam
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Origin
Game of the Year Edition. Included with EA Play (Steam).
Windows
All versions require Origin and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[2]

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Deluxe Upgrade Included with EA Play.
Windows
Destruction Multiplayer Expansion Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows
Jaws of Hakkon Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows
Dragonslayer Multiplayer Expansion Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows
The Black Emporium Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows
Spoils of the Avvar Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows
Spoils of the Qunari Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows
The Descent Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows
Trespasser Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age Inquisition\Save\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1222690/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age Inquisition\Save\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1222690/pfx/[Note 1]

Screenshots location[edit]

Platform Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age Inquisition\Screenshots\
Screenshots will only work in Borderless Fullscreen and WIndowed display modes.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Limited to 100 MB of data (about 200 saves).
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Display settings.
Display settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Cutscenes are pillarboxed.
Ultra-widescreen
Behavior screen is unusable due to UI being cut off.
Cutscenes are pillarboxed to 16:9, use Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Camera can be zoomed in and out. For extra, use DAI Cinematic Tools.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA and FXAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
In-game cutscenes and animations are locked to 30 FPS. See High frame rate to fix.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

There is no separate anisotropic filtering slider available in the options. Anisotropic filtering is determined by the overall graphics preset, labeled "Graphics Quality" in the menu. When modifying individual graphics options to create a custom "Graphics Quality" configuration, the anisotropic filtering setting is determined by the last selected preset, regardless of what individual graphics options are selected.
Forcing anisotropic filtering through video driver causes texture shimmering.
Force AF through the config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open ProfileOptions_profile with Notepad
  3. Change the GstRender.AnisotropicFilter parameter between 0-4, 4 is the highest.

High frame rate[edit]

Increase cutscene FPS from 30 to 60[3]
  1. Right click Dragon Age Inquisition icon in the Origin game library.
  2. Select Game properties.
  3. Select the Advanced launch options tab.
  4. Add -GameTime.MaxSimFps 60 -GameTime.ForceSimRate 60+ to Command line arguments.

Notes

There is a known bug[4] that causes the opening cutscene in the dungeon after the character creator to not load properly, resulting in the player spawning in the character creator level, with no ability to save. The easy way around this is to disable the fix until after being able to save properly.
The game can soft-lock after judging Magister Gereon Alexius after the "In Hushed Whispers" quest, after judging him the game will get stuck during the fade-in to regular gameplay with the player only being able to rotate the camera. It is possible to wait for the game to auto-save then quit the game via the use of Task Manager and reload the file to continue with the decision intact.
The game can also suffer a problem during a cutscene involving an Eluvian in the Winter Palace during the Trespasser DLC.
Do not use driver-enforced V-Sync if using these command line arguments. Doing so may result in some cutscenes exhibiting stuttery animations.
If the framerate is set to a high value, like 120 or 144, the standard attacks on fire based staves will miss their target 5 out of 6 times.
Limit in game FPS, including when using Mantle[citation needed]
  1. Right click Dragon Age Inquisition icon in the Origin game library.
  2. Select game properties, and apply the following line in the dialogue box.
  3. Add -GameTime.MaxVariableFps 60

Notes

There can be some minor issues running this.[5] Use this when playing single player, and after a character is already created.
May cause desync of facial animations in long cutscenes.
Do not use driver-enforced V-Sync if using this command line. Doing so will result in stuttering cutscenes.

Motion blur[edit]

Disable motion blur[6]
  1. Open Notepad and add the line WorldRender.MotionBlurEnable 0.
  2. Save as user.cfg in <path-to-game>.

Input[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Patch 6 enabled binding of additional mouse buttons.[7]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
X and Y axis inversion available.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Controller Vibration toggle.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, sound FX, dialog and music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Turkish
Unofficial professional translate by Animus.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op
Separate co-op mode.[8]

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Dragon Age Inquisition - 3DMigoto DX11 3D Vision Fix.
vorpX
2D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list. Note:Its not clear at this point if Dragon Age 2 is 3D yet.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Inability to complete Trespasser DLC[edit]

The Anchor Discharge ability required to finish the Trespasser DLC may get assigned to a follower, not the inquisitor, making it unusable.[9][10][11]

Use a mod to be able to use Anchor Discharge by the inquisitor[12]
  1. Download and unpack Frosty Mod Manager.
  2. Download the optional Unlock Mark Skills v1.1 component from the Unlock and change Specializations (et alia) mod page and extract the file.
  3. Open Frosty Mod Manager, click New and select <path-to-game>\DragonAgeInquisition.exe
  4. Click Import Mod(s) and select the downloaded UnlockMarkSkills2.daimod file.
  5. Click Apply Mod(s).
  6. In Frosty Mod Manager, click Launch.
  7. In the game, select the inquisitor at the Tactics screen (P by default) and drag Anchor Discharge to an ability slot to use it.

Issues fixed[edit]

Performance issues[edit]

Create user.cfg[13]
  1. Open Notepad and paste the lines below
  2. Save as user.cfg in the Installation folder.
RenderDevice.RenderAheadLimit 0 
RenderDevice.TripleBufferingEnable 0 
RenderDevice.VsyncEnable 0 
PostProcess.DynamicAOEnable 0 
WorldRender.MotionBlurEnable 0
WorldRender.SpotLightShadowmapEnable 0 
WorldRender.SpotLightShadowmapResolution 4
WorldRender.TransparencyShadowmapsEnable 0 
WorldRender.LightTileCsPathEnable 0

Notes

This fix causes a loss of some visual fidelity.

Black screen on startup[edit]

The game won't start in fullscreen, but works in a maximized window
If you're using Teamviewer, disable it[citation needed]
If you are using Avast anti-virus, disable it by selecting an option from Avast shields control[citation needed]

Mantle "GR_ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE" crash on start[edit]

Delete configuration file[14]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age Inquisition\Save\
  2. Delete ProfileOptions_profile
  3. Start the game again.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Mantle support
Requires an AMD video card with a driver version earlier than 19.5.1 (2019).[1]
Shader Model support 4, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Interface Scaleform

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Quad Core 2.5 GHz
Intel Quad Core 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 26 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 4870
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1222690/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1222690) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 AMD - Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1 Highlights - last accessed on 2019-05-15
    "Support for AMD Mantle API Technology has been discontinued starting with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1. Users who wish to continue to use AMD Mantle API Technology may do so with prior supported Radeon Software releases."
  2. "The PC version of this Software uses Origin Online Activation and Sony DADC Austria AG’s Denuvo content protection technology". Dragon Age: Inquisition EULA.
  3. Verified by User:Rose on 2018-03-25
    Adding the commands to the Origin launch options does increase the displayed FPS count.
  4. http://answers.ea.com/t5/Dragon-Age-Inquisition/Major-Bug-Character-ends-up-inside-the-intro-map-after-character/td-p/4034573
  5. https://www.reddit.com/r/dragonage/comments/2mm319/dragon_age_inquisition_30fps_cutscene_framerate/
  6. For those suffering from low frames, a potential fix - GameFAQS
  7. Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 6 Notes - last accessed on May 15, 2019
  8. Dragon Age: Inquisition - Multiplayer-faq - Official Site
  9. Anchor Discharge - last accessed on 2021-04-04
  10. Anchor Discharge Bug (Game breaking) - Fight With Saarath broken - Spoilers! - last accessed on 2021-04-04
  11. (Trespasser Spoilers) Has anyone else had this bug with the anchor? - last accessed on 2021-04-04
  12. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-04-05
    Successfully assigned and used the ability in the latest Steam version of the game.
  13. For those suffering from low frames, a potential fix - GameFAQS
  14. Thatsnicesi comments on Dragon Age Inquisition mantle crash