Dragon Age II is the latest installment in Bioware’s fantasy epic series Dragon Age. The sequel to the successful Dragon Age: Origins is set to be released on March 8th, 2011 for the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. Just as with Dragon Age: Origins, Bioware has executed a series of promotions for Dragon Age II that reward players for placing preorders and fulfilling certain challenges. Some bonuses are available to everyone just for being Dragon Age fans while others require an investment.
Equipment for preordering Dragon Age II before March 8th
- The Lion of Orlais Shield: features two rune slots and abilities that increase max hitpoints and experience gain.
- The Fadeshear Sword: a sword that improves as the character levels and deals extra damage to demons and the undead.
Included with the Bioware Signature Edition if preordered before January 12th
- The Black Emporium: a store that, according to the Dragon Age II website, offers “some of the best equipment you’ll find in the game” with a stock that improves as the story progresses.
- Mabari War Hound: recruit a mabari war hound, like Dog from Dragon Age: Origins, as an ally
- The Mirror of Transformation: an item that always players to change the physical features of Hawke at any time.
Included with the Bioware Signature Edition
- The Exiled Prince: downloadable content (DLC) featuring new quests and a new companion, Sebastian Vael. The DLC is included with the Bioware Signature Edition at no additional cost, but will eventually be available through the Xbox LIVE store for 560 Xbox Points.
From visiting the Dragon Age II website
- Hindsight: a belt inspired by the guys behind Penny-Arcade. The Dragon Age II page for Hindsight features a motion comic about the belt’s infamous history and instructions for unlocking the item.
- Staff of Parthalan: a magic staff that can be claimed by signing up for the Dragon Age II newsletter.
From purchasing Dead Space 2 (offer expires March 31st, 2012)
- Ser Isaac’s Armor: a set of armor that resembles the suit worn by Isaac Clarke in Dead Space 2. The promotional code is included with the game. Create an EA account, visit the Redeem Promo Code page, and then enter the code to unlock the armor. Visit the Dragon Age II addon page for full armor specs.
Coverage of the various bonus items for Dragon Age II will continue in “Dragon Age II promotional items, part 2”.