BioWare producer Cameron Lee says that while there are some similarities, the plot in Dragon Age: Inquisition is not a fantasy retread of sci-fi sister franchise Mass Effect.

“Well, it’s interesting that that’s the impression that you got – it’s not really the case,” Lee told OXM when asked about the similarities.

“We have this event that occurs and the world is in chaos, sure, but in Mass Effect, you always knew what the threat was, you always knew that the reapers were there. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, whilst there is a humongous tear in the sky, and all these powerful factions and nations are in chaos – all this is happening at once, and that’s a little too strange to just suddenly occur and be coincidence.

“So the player has more of an investment in uncovering what’s going on here,” Lee said. “And it’s not necessarily about uncover some truths and get this person on side in order to deal with the thing at the end, it’s a lot more complex than that. And you know, you are a force. Yes you’re a character, but you lead this organisation, this Inquisition, which has a really significant presence in the world, a presence and an influence on these different nations and factions.

“So in Mass Effect you formed factions but it was mostly on a personal scale, whereas in Inquisition you’re talking about having a personal impact, but mostly through these big crunchy, meaty decisions and impacts that the Inquisition can have on the world. It’s kind of like the difference between being a Jedi, and founding the Jedi Order.”

Dragon Age: Inquisition is coming in the third quarter of 2014 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.