Facebook Dragon Age Game Will Unlock Dragon Age II Swag

Dragon Age Legends

Dragon Age II knows what you did in Facebook. Or it will, when it comes out next year. That's because you'll probably wind up playing BioWare's Dragon Age Legends, a free Facebook game that'll hit the social networking site next February.

Calling it "custom-designed for the casual and social play style for Facebook users of all ages," BioWare says Dragon Age Legends will mix "accessible and engaging tactical combat" with a cooperative gameplay angle. The presser claims it'll be a "unique offering on the platform," which is true, but only because it'll be the only Dragon Age game on Facebook, not because other co-op combat games don't exist on the platform.

That said, it sounds like EA's aiming for more depth than you might expect from a Facebook game. "Our goal is to change the perception of social network games and attract new players to the Facebook platform by raising the quality bar," said Mark Spenner, General Manager with developer EA 2D. "Dragon Age Legends will deliver a deep, sophisticated experience, and we will continue to delight gamers by adding new features and content far into the future."

Dragon Age II isn't due until early March next year, so Dragon Age Legends will be the first chance to interact with the game's new setting, known as the "Free Marches," when it debuts in February. The game should do double duty by expanding the franchise to a new platform while kicking EA's Dragon Age II marketing blitz into gear.

The game itself sounds simple enough with a few roleplaying wrinkles. Ingest some narrative, customize a character, go on quests, battle demons and darkspawn for loot, share rewards with pals, and in what sounds slightly Farmville-esque, grow your own kingdom.

If you sign up for an EA account and give it access to the Facebook app, you can also apparently unlock stuff in Dragon Age II. EA's not saying what yet, but you know how it goes. Exclusive avatar. Unique theme. Magic in-game decanter-of-face-melting. Stuff like that.

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