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Patch 5 coming to a beta near you

posted Feb 14, 2015, 8:45 AM by Princess Stabbity   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 8:46 AM ]
Bioware announced yesterday that they will have a beta program for a few PC players to test the upcoming Patch 5. Looks like it will have the Black Emporium with a way to change your appearance and your voice (Mirror of Transformation) plus the ability to purchase extra goodies. Hopefully that will include the ability to buy extra crafting materials and such, since they patched out the "exploit" where people were able to dupe their crafting materials. That ability was handy during 2nd+ playthroughs to mitigate a bit of the harvesting grind.

The patch will also include an auto-attack key for single player, although it will not have bindable mouse buttons (they previously said it was in the patch, but it must still not be working right because they took it out). Adjustable subtitles, a new shader quality setting, an item tinter and party storage will also be in the patch.

At BioWare, we’re always looking for new ways to empower our players. Whether in person or online, we firmly believe in collecting feedback and working with our community to ensure we’re addressing issues important to both new and experienced players.

For Dragon Age: Inquisition, we’ve developed a faster and more compressed patch schedule than any prior BioWare game. However, due to the nature of the certification process, it can often still take weeks after developing a fix to release it on different platforms. Because of this, we continue to explore new ways to foster better communication between our players and developers.

Enter the Patch 5 beta program.

We want to open up our upcoming Patch 5 to a select group of PC players via signup in a closed, developer-like environment. This not only allows us to more quickly identify and respond to future issues, but gives our developers a great, new way to work directly with our players.

Patch 5 will be the biggest patch we’ve released to date, and it addresses a number of key concerns for our community.

Beta signups will be in the Keep when they are ready to start. The Beta program seemed to work really well for the Keep so I hope this is something that works well for everyone - and that they keep using it moving forward.