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Dragon Age: Origins

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Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins cover
Developers
BioWare
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Eclipse
Release dates
Windows November 3, 2009
macOS (OS X) (Cider) December 3, 2009
Reception
Metacritic 91
IGDB 90
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Expansion pack
Microtransactions Currency[1]
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Third-person
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy, LGBTQ
Series Dragon Age
Dragon Age: Origins on HowLongToBeat
Dragon Age: Origins on IGDB
Dragon Age: Origins guide on StrategyWiki
Dragon Age: Origins on MobyGames
Dragon Age: Origins on Wikipedia
Dragon Age
Dragon Age: Origins 2009
Dragon Age II 2011
Dragon Age: Inquisition 2014
Dragon Age: Dreadwolf TBA

Dragon Age: Origins is a singleplayer bird's-eye view and third-person RPG game in the Dragon Age series.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Dragon Age Toolset (allows the creation of custom campaigns etc.)

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Ultimate Edition DLC must be activated online.
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Windows
Amazon.com
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Ultimate Edition.
Windows
Origin
Origin
Ultimate Edition, included with EA Play.
Windows
Steam
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CD key
Ultimate Edition, included with EA Play (Steam).
No longer region locked.
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Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
Origin
Windows
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Origin
Windows
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Windows
Humble Store (unavailable)
Origin
Windows
All product keys can be optionally activated on Origin.
The macOS (OS X) version is no longer available for purchase after TransGaming Inc. shut down their GameTree Mac service in 2015.[3]

Monetization

DLC and expansion packs

All DLCs, including Awakening expansion is free as of August 15, 2022.[4]
For the Origin version, free DLC can be claimed by selecting Dragon Age: Origins in the Origin game library, navigating to the Extra Content tab, then pressing the buttons by each DLC pack. Once claimed, the Origin client will automatically download and install DLC with the game.
For other versions, free DLC can be downloaded manually from the EA support site. The .exe files are self-contained installers, while the .dazip files should be installed with the content updater tool at <path-to-game>\bin_ship\DAUpdater.exe.
Name Notes
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Darkspawn Chronicles
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Golems of Amgarrak
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Leliana's Song
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Return to Ostagar
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Witch Hunt
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Stone Prisoner
Windows
Warden's Keep
Windows
Blood Dragon Armor
Windows
Feastday Combo Pack 1 & 2 Includes both Feastday Gifts and Feastday Pranks
Windows
Feastday Gifts
Windows
Feastday Pranks
Windows
Promotional Pack
Windows

Essential improvements

Patches

The latest patch is Dragon Age: Origins 1.05. Applying this patch is highly recommended (GOG.com, Steam and Origin users do not need to install the patch).

Numerous further issues are fixed in Qwinn's Ultimate Dragon Age: Origins Fixpack mod (but be aware that it is incompatible with many other mods). Combine it with Dain's Fixes to fix numerous combat bugs. Both mods are compatible and complement each other well to fix all remaining problems in the game.

Dragon Age: Awakening Fixes

The Awakening Expansion is notoriously buggy with several quests being prone to soft-locking, this means they're no longer able to be completed depending on how player's handle the quests. While other quests have annoying bugs such as the Player being unable to retrieve their gear in the Silverite Mines. Unlike Origins, Awakening does not have a complete fixes pack and hence, Individual preventive fixes are recommended before playing. Mod pages may contain minor spoilers.

Modifications

  • NTCore's 4GB patch allows you to patch the game's executable to let it use up to 4 GB of RAM (as opposed to the default 2 GB limit). You must be running a 64-bit version of Windows to properly use the patch. To patch your game, be sure to install the latest update and backup the game's executable before patching it.
    • Works with the Origin version[5] and the GOG.com version. The Steam version can use the exe located in this Steam guide to use the 4GB patch.
  • Console font is the file that is often missing from the install data. Install this to make console commands visible.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Settings\DragonAge.ini
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/47810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Characters\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/47810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
At higher resolutions, the text can be difficult to read. Use the FtG UI Mod.
Multi-monitor
See Multi-monitor.
Ultra-widescreen
Dialog screens are pillarboxed.
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale with resolution and is extremely small in 4K. Use the FtG UI Mod to partially improve text readability, however this only helps with some menus.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Missing menu option. Toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Works with Borderless Gaming. In BG settings make sure to set the resolution to your native res, to avoid inaccurate mouse placement.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
The option in DragonAge.ini appears to do nothing.[6] Force through the GPU control panel instead.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector using the 0x004010C0 antialiasing compatibility bits.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Some things like other characters movement in dialogues are still capped at 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Multi-monitor

Custom resolutions, wider than 16:9[citation needed]
You may need to manually add resolutions wider than 16:9.
  1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Settings\DragonAge.ini
  2. Change ResolutionWidth= and ResolutionHeight= to the resolution you want.

Notes

Use Widescreen Fixer with this plugin to fix HUD position.

Input

Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Audio

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, music and dialogue.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output.[7]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
The exception is the track "This Is War" by 30 Seconds to Mars.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Polish
DLC translations can be found here and here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Base game and DLCs, download.
Russian
Fix #1 and Fix #2
Spanish
Official translation.
Spanish
Improved fan translation, download.

VR support

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See also Helix Mod: Dragon Age:Origins UPDATED.
iZ3D
vorpX
G3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved

Ultimate Edition crashes to desktop on exit

The Ultimate Edition of Dragon Age: Origins sometimes crashes upon exiting.

Issues fixed

  • Steam users have been compiling a list of in-game bugs on the Steam Forums. Some bugs, and their solutions, may be listed there.

EA Account Log-In Issues

EA Account Log-In Issues[8]

If you are having issues logging into Dragon Age: Origins with your EA Account it is most likely because you have special characters (like "#") in your password which the game does not support.

Failed to find supported Video Card driver

Failed to find supported Video Card driver[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open DAOriginsConfig.exe and disable Fullscreen mode.
  3. You can activate Fullscreen from the options in-game.

Crash to desktop

You will most likely not need to apply all the fixes below at the same time
GOG/Origin: Apply the 4GB patch[9]
  1. Make a backup copy of <path-to-game>\bin_ship\daorigins.exe
  2. Download and unzip the 4 GB Patch program
  3. Start the program and choose the games daorigins.exe file located where the game was installed to (a backup is automatically created)
  4. If the patching is successful, start the game
  5. If the game does not start, replace the patched exe with the backup
Steam: Apply the 4GB patch[10]
  1. Make a backup copy of <path-to-game>\bin_ship\daorigins.exe
  2. Download and unzip the pre-patched exe from the guide on the Steam forums
  3. Replace the original daorigins.exe and start the game
  4. If the game does not start, replace the patched exe with the backup
Change processor affinity[citation needed]
  1. Open task manager
  2. Right click on daorigins.exe
  3. Select 'Set processor affinity'
  4. Uncheck all but the first 2 cores
Lower the graphics settings (regardless of your computers performance)[11][12][citation needed]
  1. Open the Video tab in the Options window
  2. Change graphic details and texture details to medium
  3. This might only affect specific areas of the game, you can try restore your settings later
Disable Tactics[13]
  1. Click the Tactics button visible in the top menu
  2. In the bottom left: Click the button which says Disable Tactics
  3. Repeat step 2 for all characters in your party
  4. This might only affect specific areas of the game, you can try to restore your settings later
Sign out of Bioware/EA games account in-game
  1. Being signed in seems to cause significant & rapid loss of performance and high frequency of crashing.
  2. Click the Sign Out button visible in the bottom left of the Main Menu or the menu that appears during gameplay when pressing Escape.
  3. You may want to wait until after the game has awarded you loot for previously completing certain Challenges/DLC before signing out.

Enable DLC on the Steam version

If the initial install script on Steam fails the DLCs may not be properly enabled.
Enable DLCs manually[14]
  1. Close Steam.
  2. Go into the installation directory.
  3. Execute redist/DAUServiceSetup_Steam.exe and redist/DAOU_UpdateAddinsXML_Steam.exe.
  4. Restart Steam and launch the game.

Can't use DLC offline

Disable automatic login[15]
  1. Log in in-game with internet access to authenticate the current DLC.
  2. Log out of the account in-game.
  3. Ensure "always log me in" is unchecked.
  4. Continue playing normally. If you add more DLC repeat these steps to authorise it for offline use.

PhysX fails to initialize when starting game

PhysX fails to initialize when starting game[16]
  1. Uninstall currently installed PhysX driver (even if it is the latest version)
  2. Install the latest NVIDIA PhysX System Software.

Error: Switch from current encoding to specified encoding not supported

Install an older MSXML version[17][citation needed]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware

Uses SpeedTreeRT for trees modelling[18]
Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX 2.8.1
Audio FMOD Ex 4.24.24
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.8v

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Single Core 1.6 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
1.5 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X850 (XP)
ATI Radeon X1550 (Vista, 7)
Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT (XP)
Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT (Vista, 7)
128 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 17 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce GT 7300

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>/47810/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (47810) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References