Here comes another title with Roman numerals tacked on: the third installment of the Dragon Age franchise, arriving, most likely, on the Xbox One and multiple other platforms, later this year. Amazon Italy posted a product listing for Dragon Age III: Inquisition on Friday, a page that has since been removed. While the page was up, the game was classed as an Xbox One title, with no other platforms listed. An Electronic Arts representative was not immediately available to comment, presumably because they were too busy stealing teddy bears from orphans or being otherwise pointlessly evil. (I’m not the biggest fan of Electronic Arts, as you may gather.) Dragon Age III is built on the next-generation Frostbite 3 engine, which also powers the upcoming Battlefield 4, Need for Speed: Rivals, and the next Mass Effect sequel.
Along with its competitor Turtle Beach, gaming accessory company Mad Catz is one of the two manufacturers officially contracted with Microsoft to develop equipment for the Xbox One. Mad Catz is better known in some circles as Tritton. The official press release is rather tightfisted as far as details are concerned; presumably, they will produce Xbox One-specialized gaming headsets and connectors.
The Xbox One has updated its chat port to a new, proprietary design, eliminating backwards compatibility with old audio and mic accessories. Currently only Tritton and Turtle Beach are the only two manufacturers advertising Xbox One equipment, however, additional companies are expected to announce their Xbox One wares at the E3 Expo.
more in-process pics from yesterday’s graphite mess-
(my iphone always seems to magnify the warmth of the studio lights- but these shots aren’t worth color correcting…)
(you found me)
When the world around us was tearing apart
When the northerly winds came back to terrorise
When it hurt to even breathe
It was so tragic that
The trees started mourning and crying
Red and orange and
You found me under a petrified blanket
Near the loneliest bush in the park
Biting dry like heatwaves and chapped lips
Angry like bloodshot eyes and trembling fingers and
But quite perfectly sane nonetheless.
You took one look at me
While I prepared my words and protected my pride.
And then you said to me:
You remind me of little marshmallows in hot chocolate and silver cotton.
Your words were like anesthesia. But I was still quite perfectly sane, unlike you.
So I scratched at you. You smiled
So I spat at you. You laughed.
So I screamed and shrieked and wailed at you. And you wrapped your arms around me in a single swoop.
(I am the dull grey summer clouds and
You are the majestic lightning and thunder guardian
Protecting the desolate winter nights.
I don’t know in what kind of world we could ever complement each other,
But I think it’s this one.)
So I stopped. And decided
It would be fine to become insane for once.
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