As if next week’s Dragon Age: Origins DLC and Mass Effect 2 hitting at the end of the month wasn’t enough Bioware goodness, they’ve just announced that they’re coming out with a massive expansion called Dragon Age: Awakening.

For centuries, the Grey Wardens—the ancient order of guardians, sworn to unite and defend the lands—have been battling the darkspawn forces. Legend spoke that slaying the Archdemon would have put an end to the darkspawn threat for centuries to come, but somehow they remain.

You are the Grey Warden Commander and have been entrusted with the duty of rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and uncovering the secrets of the darkspawn and how they managed to remain.



How you choose to rebuild your order, how you resolve the conflict with “The Architect”, and how you determine the fate of the darkspawn will be but some of the many complex choices that await and shape your journey as you venture to the new land of Amaranthine.

In it you will find a whole new area of the world to explore, Amaranthine. Here you can expect to figure out what makes these Darkspawn tick and what their true motivation is for swarming the world, starting up a new army at Vigil’s Keep to take care of them. You’ll be able to import your character from Dragon Age: Origins or start a new character as a Grey Warden from a neighboring land called Orlais.  Either way you’ll be able to get a crew with five brand new characters and one “old favorite”. Furthermore, there will be a brand new breed of Darkspawn to fight and other new big boss creatures, such as a Inferno Golem and the Spectral Dragon pictured below.



It offers an increased level cap, new spells, abilities, specialization and items, and even allows you to re-spec your character, something I’d sure love to do (didn’t know how little I’d use those two-handed swords) Once again there are complex moral choices in play that will change the entire experience.

So basically it’s more, more, more! All of these goodies come with a price- a pretty hefty one, actually, at 40 bucks. No word on length, but let’s hope it’s substantial for that. Awakening hits March 16 on PC, Xbox 360 and PS2 and requires the original to play. It would really be incredible if they let you finish up certain plotlines that you might end up with at the end of the game, cause I know I’d love to track one particular character down…

Check the trailer below!