'Dragon Age' Toolset Available Now

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Posted April 8, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Dragon Age: Origins

The geniuses at BioWare have unleashed the beta version of the Dragon Age: Origins toolset, so you creative gamer-types can get busy making levels and modules to share with the gaming public, provided your application is accepted! BioWare is accepting applications to test the toolset and help the company fine-tune it before its release later this year.

If you don't have any experience making mods, don't worry. BioWare is looking for would-be modders of all skill levels, including total beginners so feel free to sign up, noob. The testers will be selected from a wide range of desktop setups too, so there really shouldn't be anything preventing you from getting on board.

If you've ever used the Neverwinter Nights Aurora Toolset, you know that it's crazy easy to use, but still complex enough to make an endless variety of different kinds of adventures. For example, I created an entire Simpson's-themed Neverwinter Nights mod just to figure out how the toolset worked. It didn't take long, either. The Dragon Age toolset is the follow-up to the powerful Aurora toolset, and I can only imagine the design has improved since then.

By the way: If BioWare wasn't probably the coolest company ever, I'd think it was more than a little presumptuous of them to take applications so strangers can bug-check their software for free... but it's BioWare, so they get a pass.

Dragon Age: Origins will be available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 sometime in 2009. The Toolset will be included with the game when it launches, so everyone will eventually get a chance to try it out.

'Dragon Age' Toolset Available Now


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