Recently at the San Diego Comic Con, BioWare announced the release of its second story-based DLC, Legacy. By “story-based,” I mean it will include more than just some new weapons (think Warden’s Keep for DA:O).
Legacy can be played at any point in the game between Act 1 & the final mission in Act 3. (For those who have completed the game, when you load your finished campaign you restart at the point right before you accept the final mission, so you’d only have to replay the final instead of the whole game). The dlc will have Hawke & companions traveling to an ancient Grey Warden prison in the Vimmark Mountains & delving into Malcolm Hawke’s (Hawke’s father) past. According to BioWare:
“Targeted by a vicious criminal cartel that are hunting “the blood of the Hawke,” you must put an end to their relentless attacks. Leave Kirkwall, and journey to an ancient Grey Warden prison in order to find the source of the aggression and uncover the harsh truth about the Hawke lineage. Playable from any point in the DAII campaign, face all new darkspawn, forge a powerful new weapon and come face to face with an ancient horror.”
This dlc is supposed to address some of the complaints gamers had about DA2, including the lack of new areas to explore. It’s unclear what other issues may be addressed in this pack.
The pack will also include five new achievements: Conductor (defeat the ancient evil), Deep Roads Safari (kill one of each kind of enemy), Family Legacy (apply three effects to Hawke’s key), Family Outing (complete the main quest with either Bethany or Carver in your party), & Tower Sweeper (complete every sidequest).
I’ve heard a mixed response about this pack. Some people were disappointed with the direction BioWare chose to take the series. Some have said they won’t waste their money while others will wait for the reviews. Personally, unless the pack is a major flop, I’ll most likely purchase it. Although I didn’t like all of the changes BioWare made, I still think DA2 is a good game if people are willing to accept it’s a very different game from Origins.
Regardless, we won’t have to wait long. The release is on July 26 for 800 MP/BP on the 360 & PC respectively or $9.99 for the PS3.