These are the difficulty options for Dragon Age: The Veilguard

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Bioware returns to the Dragon Age franchise in 2024 with Dragon Age: The Veilguard, and we now have context for what the game’s difficulty options will be.

The Dragon Age franchise is many things, but is degree of challenge has varied over the years. Throughout its three main games, players rarely encountered challenges that they couldn’t bypass by simply setting the game to the lowest difficulty. After all, these RPGs focus more on story than anything else, and Bioware famously includes a “story” setting for those that prefer a purely narrative-focused experience.

Still, that doesn’t mean Dragon Age can’t be a challenge if players want. Dragon Age: Origins featured the number-crunching tactics of old-school RPGs that gave some more casual gamers a headache. A recent Q&A on the official Bioware Discord shed some light on the Dragon Age: The Veilguard difficulty settings and what to expect in the franchise’s next title.

Can you customize difficulty in Dragon Age: The Veilguard?

Players can customize the difficulty options in Dragon Age: The Veilguard to their liking.  Game director Corinne Busche revealed that the game will have five preset difficulty settings. Players even have the option of creating their own difficulty setting with adjustments to timing and damage.

“Everyone should be able to find an experience that suits them,” Busche said.

Modular difficulty is nothing new for Bioware. The Mass Effect franchise featured high difficulty settings that bordered on unfairness and alternative settings that were very easy to deal with.

Busche also revealed the game’s companion AI will be a “very different system this time around.” Companions will have mechanical separation when not directly controlled by the player, and players can affect behaviors through the companions’ skill tree.

Will Dragon Age: The Veilguard have accessibility options?

Dragon Age: The Veilguard will have in-depth accessibility options and features available from launch.  Developers revealed features including auto-aim, a configurable HUD, companion information additions, quick-cast toggles, and the ability to set the world state during character creation. These accessibility features ensure that every fan can play Dragon Age: The Veilguard to their specifications.

Additionally, developers stated they will announce the PC requirements for Dragon Age: The Veilguard relatively soon. They highly recommended installing Dragon Age: The Veilguard on an SSD, and claim that the new game will work on the “standard range” of PC specs while still showcasing modern feature such as DLSS.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

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