BioWare and Electronic Arts aren't messing around with the launch of new RPG franchise Dragon Age. In addition to commissioning novels to flesh out the back story, the companies are partnering with Green Ronin Publishing to produce a Dragon Age: Origins pen-and-paper game set to launch this summer.
Green Ronin has also been responsible for other pen and paper games, including Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Black Company and Thieves' World.
Today's announcement says the first release of the pen and paper Dragon's Age will be available at "card shops, book and comic retailers" this summer. Precious few other details about the game itself have been revealed so far, but Green Ronin promises more content for the game in the months to come.
EA has done this before. With last year's Dead Space, the publisher assumed gamers would be excited to learn more about the world before they even played the game, prompting them to produce comic books and a full-fledged animated film before Dead Space ever landed on store shelves.
It seemed to work for Dead Space -- though personally, I never read the books or saw the movie -- but will it work for Dragon Age? How interested are you learning about the world of Thedas?