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November 19th, 2009, 21:46
Bioware has announced a new DLC, Return to Ostagar for Dragon Age: Origins. The DLC will let players go back to Ostagar to seek revenge on the darkspawn as well as letting them get a second chance to to get Dog.
The DLC will be released this holiday season. On the PC, the price will be 5 US Dollars which you can check out at Bioware's Dragon Age site along with some additional info.
For good measure, here's the full press release:
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA – November 19, 2009 – Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), announced today that the Return to Ostagar downloadable content (DLC) for Dragon Age™: Origins will be available for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC versions this Holiday season in North America and Europe. The DLC pack, Return to Ostagar, allows players to exact their revenge and embark on a quest for the mighty arms and armor of the once great King Cailan when they revisit Ostagar, the site of the Grey Wardens’ darkest hour, to reclaim the honor and learn the secrets of Ferelden’s fallen king.

“We are very proud of the phenomenal launch of Dragon Age: Origins and we’re pleased to announce the next installment of downloadable content that will be available to fans of the game,” said Ray Muzyka, Group General Manager, RPG/MMO Group of EA, and Co-Founder, BioWare. “The Return to Ostagar DLC pack is a prime example of BioWare’s commitment to give fans a game that continuously offers new experiences and further enriches a storyline that has already received critical acclaim and positive feedback from the players.”

Return to Ostagar, BioWare’s next thread in the Dragon Age: Origins tapestry, summons players to a new quest in which they will return to the fateful battleground in Ostagar where the Grey Wardens were nearly wiped out. Players will discover King Cailan’s top-secret political agenda and go behind enemy lines to revisit a place that many feared had been lost to history.

Return to Ostagar will be available for $4.99 on the PlayStation® Store, for 400 BioWare Points on the PC and 400 Microsoft Points on the Xbox 360 in North America. Return to Ostagar will be released this Holiday season worldwide on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation®3 console and PC. Dragon Age: Origins is rated M by the ESRB and 18+ by PEGI.
Spotted @Kotaku, Shacknews, Blues News, Gamebanshee, Voodoo Extreme and thanks to Dave for writing in with a similar submission.

Update: Some quick comments from BioWare's Rob Bartel on the official forums:
Sorry, no waffles but there will be some voicework, including from the followers. We put a particular focus on the various followers who were also present at the battle.

As for precisely when it will come out, we don't have a specific answer to that yet which is why we're being vague. We're still tackling one last optimization issue and then we need to make it through final testing and certification across all three platforms.

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November 19th, 2009, 21:46
Wow - I'm all for more DA goodness, but … dang! Let us clamor for it a little!

March might be a better time frame, though I speak as someone who doesn't burn through an 80-hour game in 6 hours.
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November 19th, 2009, 22:03
Can't see anything with the dark background.

This might be the game I might consider buying DLC for.
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I can't access the editor from work to fix it. You'll have to highlight it, or switch to the white background for now.

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November 19th, 2009, 22:18
I'll get on it, don't think I have the rights to edit the forum copy though.
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November 19th, 2009, 22:47
Sounds interesting enough, and it's definitely cheap. The only problem is that I will have no doubt moved on to another game by then, and I don't know if I'd go back to DA just to play a DLC.
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November 19th, 2009, 23:48
DA = DLC Age

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I'm so sorry for the inconvience to visitors who use the dark style

I've tried to fix the problem for 2 about 2 hours now; it seems I can't?
At least not on the forums. Woges fixed it on the front page. Thank you Woges

I'm working on doing this better in the future. Hope you can forgive me…

As for the DLC itself, a 1 hour DLC for around 5 US dollars is not something I'd would be interested in buying anytime soon, at least not as a stand-alone DLC.

And why would we want to back to Ostagar to get the King's armour?

I know that many fans would like to go back to Ostagar, at least to get a (second) chance to get Dog, but imo, they could have just paid attention the first time around. Sorry to be so harsh, but this is how I feel…

Also, the DLC sounds like it will be pure or mostly combat…

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November 20th, 2009, 00:48
When they were talking about DLC I had NWN premium modules in mind. Maybe with some time they'll start releasing some DLC with some meat on their bones. Until then I'm not so sure I'll be getting this. I'd rather spend 10 dollars on some indie games that I've had my eye on rather than an adding a quest that is only an hour long.

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November 20th, 2009, 01:05
The developer has previously stated its commitment to fleshing out the fantasy RPG with extra content, noting this could last two years.
Once I finish the game I doubt Ill come back to finish one small dlc every few month
or so. Especially if they are as bad as the mass effect dlcs.

More likely Im totally bored with the game once Ive spent the hundred hours or so into it.

Of course I could just shelve the game and come back in two years once its "completely" finished.

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November 20th, 2009, 05:23
I think they are going to lose out on this one since 1 hour doesn't equal $5 worth of gameplay. By the time this comes out there will be free mods that far surpass the length of this. From the sounds of this DLC it would be easy for a person to make a mod of this and release it before Bioware does and still be longer then 1 hour.
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November 20th, 2009, 09:11
Not interested in this at all. And it doesn't bode well for future dlc. If they put out dlc that has several hours of play like a new huge dungeon or lengthy questline then I'm interested. This just seems like a quick and easy way to make a buck for EA, no thanks.
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November 20th, 2009, 09:22
I would really be sad if I hadn't taken Dog with me. The silly beast is great comic relief and makes for some entertaining conversation with party members. Good that people who missed it can come back for it.
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November 20th, 2009, 09:38
If it's as good as Stone Prisoner/Watcher's Keep, I'm certainly coughing up 5$ for it. If it's Oblivion-horse-armor quality, I won't even consider it. Waiting for reviews.
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November 20th, 2009, 11:01
Much though I love the game, unless it comes out early enough that I'm still playing it I won't be buying it if it's only an hour long.

I could well see myself picking up some DLC bundles and community content in a year's time though to add a bit of variety to a second playthrough.
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They should give this away for free if it is really just an hour in an area that they don't even need to create.
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November 20th, 2009, 11:53
Originally Posted by guenthar View Post
They should give this away for free if it is really just an hour in an area that they don't even need to create.
I was quite amused to find out that they can't even have really had to create Shale from scratch, very sneaky.
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November 20th, 2009, 12:18
Half-life2 episodes are like 2 hours only but still extremely successful. If these dlc were atleast the same quality I might buy them.

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Half-life2 episodes are like 2 hours only but still extremely successful. If these dlc were atleast the same quality I might buy them.
The last HL2 episode was 7-8 hours.

Why is everyone saying Return to Ostagar is 1 hour? Where does it state that?
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November 20th, 2009, 12:41
If you read the original newsbit on the front page, that's the estimate for a new player from Rob Bartel. He says he can do an optimised speed run in 15-20 mins.

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