Zevran was the only Origins romance option not majorly featured in Inquisition’s main storyline. Dragon Age 4 has the opportunity to make up for that.
The release of Dragon Age: Inquisition saw the return of several notable characters from Origins, ranging in small roles to major story influences. In particular, three of the romance options from Dragon Age: Origins – Morrigan, Leliana, and Alistair – had significant parts to play in Inquisition‘s main questline. Notably, however, the remaining romance option, Zevran, was excluded. While players may encounter references to him in a couple war table missions, he doesn’t even make a physical appearance. However, Dragon Age 4 can, and arguably should, make up for his absence moving forward.
In some cases, the role of different companions varies significantly depending on the world state as imported into Dragon Age: Inquisition. Alistair, for example, will take up the role of Hawke’s Warden contact only if he was kept as a Grey Warden in the ending of Dragon Age: Origins as opposed to being made king. Others, like Leliana, are more prominent permanent members of the Inquisition. There are even quite a few minor Origins characters that can optionally appear in the franchise’s latest title, such as Dagna, who can be recruited as an Arcanist regardless of how her side quest was handled in the first game.
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Given how much focus the Origins companions in particular have during Dragon Age: Inquisition, it came as a surprise to many players that fan-favorite character Zevran wasn’t given a proper appearance within the game. Despite being mentioned in several war table operations, he isn’t even included in any proper side quests as he was in Dragon Age 2. He’s the only Origins romance that this applies to, meaning that many fans of his storyline were disappointed by the decision. Fortunately though, there are a few reasons why it seems likely that he’ll return in Dragon Age 4, and BioWare arguably even has the opportunity to make him a major part of the story’s focus.
What DA4’s Antivan Crows Could Mean For Origins’ Zevran
Little is known about the story of Dragon Age 4 currently, given that the game likely won’t be releasing until at least 2022. This is quite possibly due to the change in direction that occurred midway through its development when EA lifted the live-service multiplayer mandate, allowing BioWare to shift Dragon Age 4 to a single-player only title. There have, however, been a few teaser trailers released, some of which hint toward the game’s potential major story elements. For example, it seems very likely at the moment that Solas will be the primary antagonist of DA4, and it’s likewise been all but confirmed that the game will take place in Tevinter.
One such detail included in these trailers was the inclusion of what appears to be the Antivan Crows, an organization of assassins that Dragon Age: Origins‘ Zevran is a part of. If the Crows will in fact play a large role in the events of Dragon Age 4, it seems like a perfect opportunity for BioWare to bring Zevran back into focus in terms of the series’ overarching story. This could make up for his absence from Dragon Age: Inquisition and give resolution to those players that romanced Zevran back in Dragon Age: Origins, helping to bring the stories of all four of the original game’s romance options to a more proper close.
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