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Dragon Age: The Last Court

By Paul Arendt, November 1, 2014 · Failbetter

A while ago we revealed that we’d been collaborating with Bioware on a secret project. Terrible oaths have kept us silent. We wrote our names on a page of flesh beneath a weeping moon. But now we are released from our promises. And we intend to spill.

We are proud to reveal Dragon Age: The Last Court, a very Failbettery game set just before the forthcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. It will be playable in your browser and features the text-driven, story-rich gameplay that powers Fallen London.

In Dragon Age: The Last Court, you are the ruler of Serault: an eccentric fiefdom at the farthest ends of Orlais. As the Huntress or the Scholar you’ll guide your realm through the most crucial period in its history. Will its ancient Shame be forgiven? Or will Serault fall into obscurity?

This is a game of lordship. You’ll manage the affairs of your court. You’ll choose a counsellor, a bodyguard, an accomplice and a lover. You’ll balance the concerns of your subjects. Will Serault be renowned for its dignity or its freedom? What is the greatest threat: outlaws, revolutionaries, or the the nameless ancient things that slither in its deep woods? There are stories to explore and secrets to unravel. What lies in the Sealed Chantry? Who is the Horned Knight? Who is behind Serault’s recent troubles? You’ll meet a host of new characters, like the Purveyor of Teas and the  Acerbic Dowager. And maybe you’ll run into a few familiar faces from other Dragon Age titles…

Working with Bioware has been something Alexis and I have dreamed of since we used to build modules in Neverwinter Nights. Or maybe even earlier, around the time Sarevok killed Gorion. Damn you, Sarevok. We can’t quite believe it’s actually happened.

The Last Court will be available soon as part of the improbably sexy Dragon Age Keep. We’ll be shouting about it the moment it’s live.

Chris Gardiner

 

You can see some preview videos of the game here:

AbilityDrain’s video
GamerMD83’s video
LadyInsanity’s video

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Damien Nov 17, 8:11pm

Absolutely loved the last court, just beat it a few hours ago. Great game guys keep up the good work

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Corey Lansdell Nov 12, 5:08pm

Congratulations on the collaboration. I'm a new user on Fallen London and am going to be diving into the Last Court asap. I'm really intrigued by your work. Very fun stuff and such a cool format for an engaging digital experience. Great work you guys!

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Mar Nov 11, 3:11pm

As a fan of both Bioware and FBG (long-time player of Fallen London and now enjoying Sunless Sea), this collaboration is a match made in heaven. I'd heard of the project when it was first rumored, some two-odd years ago, and had it since categorized into "things that are too good to be true", so discovering The Last Court embedded into Dragon Age Keep, and without any forewarning to boot, was definitely a nice surprise. As for the game itself (or what my playtime allowed me to experience)... I'd first feared that it'd be kind of a gimmick, due to the short timeslot between its beginning and the coming of the Divine, and the repetitivity of certain tasks, such as Hunting, which I first thought were the only surefire way to acquire Viands and Trophies. Turns out it's not, as several characters and more intricated storylets show up later, to my utmost joy. The "case" dynamic, for instance, is welcomed as an old friend. I very much appreciate the tie-ins to the Dragon Age story and lore, even if the flavour is distinctly yours. For instance, [spoilers in the next line] "Carver Hawke". In my own playthrough of DAII, Carver Hawke died on the road to Kirkwall - so the most logical thing to do for my Huntress in The Last Court, whose counselor was an exceedingly prudent man who ought to have had her informed of the event, was to imprison the obvious impostor.[/spoiler] The fact that two instances of meaningful player choices can be tied in this way is pretty interesting. Besides, I'm glad that in The Last Court, as in Fallen London, it is possible to have fun priviledging RP to the character's and the kingdom's safety... I like that it's possible to have a character I imagine is pretty impulsive and proud take unwise and unpopular descisions, and the state of Serault change accordigly. All in all, I am loving The Last Court, even if it feels somewhat less "intuitive" than FL, interface and objective-wise (I'm guessing some people not familiar with the Storynexus system could have a bit of a hard time getting into it). I well intend to finish it, and see if something lies beyond the end... Serault is an interesting place to explore. Keep up the good work, Failbetter, and may those creative juices keep flowing!

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Mercy Mama Nov 8, 9:40pm

I'm happy to that we'll get a game that shows off the world during the chaos before the breach happens, it's also nice to to have to play as some kind of warrior or savior, but rather as one of the ordinary people trying their best to save their world without the aid of the Inquisition. And more Dragon Age content is always wonderful! Thank you so much for making this & thanks to Ashe, Ability & MD for bringing my attention to this product.

Roybus Nov 7, 10:51pm

I'm saddened to see your creative resources wasted. If it's released only a few days before Inquisition, I doubt many will bother, or be able to finish it once DIA starts to consume their time.

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Justin Nov 6, 3:43pm

So when will it be available to play?

Adam Nov 5, 2:48pm

Thanks, Ken! Just to be clear, The Last Court is already finished -- we're hiring someone for Fallen London and, we hope, similarly awesome future projects.

Megan MacNeel Nov 5, 2:32pm

I AM LOSING MY MIND OVER HERE, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL COLLAB OF TWO OF MY VERY FAVORITE THINGS! *raptor shrieks of joy and grabby hands*

Ken Rolston Nov 4, 7:50pm

Oh, my goodness. So THAT is why you need another writer. Oh, if only I could young, stupid, and indefatigably stupid again. your secret admirer

GerbilSchooler Nov 1, 8:07pm

Baldur's Gate... damn. I think that was the first game to get me a bit misty-eyed. Can't wait to check this Failbettery rendition in the spirit of Black Isle out