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‘Dragon Age: Absolution’ Release Date, Trailer, Cast, Characters, and More

Aw, sh*t, here we go again.

Netflix’s Geeked Week usually focuses more on TV and movies, but this past year, Netflix made gaming a major focus—although, in addition to games based on Netflix properties (like, yes, a Shadow and Bone game), that mostly means a lot more TV based on video games. I’m not complaining though, because seemingly out of nowhere, they delivered with what’s probably my favorite game series of all time. We’re getting a Dragon Age show: Dragon Age: Absolution!?

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Like, I guess?? Hello??? Where the hell did you come from, Absolution?

Along with many other Geeked Week announcements, the absolute madlads at Netflix decided to drop the trailer for this upcoming animated series set in the Dragon Age universe. It seems like it’ll be similar to the Castlevania series, with all kinds of gory intrigue (and maybe even a celebrity voice actor or two).

If you’re also feeling like, UH WHAT, then you’ll probably want to know when the series is being released. Gird your loins, girls, she’s coming out this coming December 9th, 2022:

The full Dragon Age: Absolution trailer is here!

And here’s a more in-depth trailer giving us several story snacks:

Following with the more heist-y direction the series seems to be heading in (Tevinter Nights had several heist operation stories in it), it seems we’ll be following a former elven slave as they team up with a group of treasure hunters. I’m incredibly, incredibly excited for this show, as it’ll give us all the lore we’ve been asking for and then some. I mean, who was that adorable Qunari lady skipping away? And do I smell a lesbian subplot or is that just me? Also, the guy who’s fixated on the ring is so tragically my type, it’s almost embarrassing.

I really can’t wait, I got so embarrassingly teary-eyed watching this trailer. We’re coming back home, girls.

Deadline summarizes the plot as thus:

Created in collaboration with BioWare, Dragon Age: Absolution is set in Tevinter and features an ensemble of new characters inspired by Dragon Age lore, including elves, mages, knights, Qunari, Red Templars, demons and other special surprises.

Dragon Age: Absolution, revolves around Miriam, voiced by Kimberly Brooks. A pragmatic elven mercenary who escaped enslavement in Tevinter, Miriam is closed-off to many who know her. But her heroic nature shines through when she’s forced to confront the nation that destroyed her life, and the man at the heart of her misery.

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Don’t think I didn’t see your ass too, Cassandra Pentaghast. We’re getting our resident fantasy weeb back.

There will be six episodes (at least, I hope that’s only the starting number) that will run at 30 minutes each. I, personally, will need more than that, but UNFORTUNATELY the world doesn’t cater to my needs.

Here’s your Dragon Age: Absolution cast and the characters they play

Miriam, Qwydion, Roland, and Lacklon
(Netflix)

Strap yourselves in! We’ve got some bangers. Here’s a list of everyone announced as a cast member on IMDb, as well as my guess as to who is who:

  • Matt Mercer as Fairbanks, a returning character in the series who will direct the group with some rogueish panache.
  • Ashly Burch as Qwydion, a quirky and high-strung Qunari mage (curious to see how that pans out).
  • Phil LaMarr as Roland, a tough and somewhat pessimistic swordsman.
  • Josh Keaton as Rezaren, a rich boy turned sad boy who wants to make Tevinter a better place.
  • Keston John as Lacklon, a dwarf in all ways save bravery.
  • Kimberly Brooks as Miriam, the hero of the group, who was described above.
  • Sumalee Montano as Hira, Miriam’s idealistic ex who wants to stick it to the Vints.
  • Zehra Fazal as Tassia, a principled sort who tried to keep herself out of the nation’s troubles until she no longer could.

The way they ordered the cast is a little odd, since Miriam is the protagonist, but I’m assuming they’re doing it based on notoriety. Which is certainly a way to get one’s attention, because, um, MATT MERCER AND ASHLY BURCH????? PHILL LAMARR???? AS IN THE PHIL LAMARR FROM PULP FICTION????

What a goddamn powerhouse from the jump. Bioware really said, “Let’s let the nerds wait almost a decade and then hit ’em with the old one-two.” Wow.

Of course, I’d be remiss not to mention everyone else on the cast, because they really pulled out all the stops on this one. You might know Josh Keaton as Revolver Ocelot from the Metal Gear series, or Keston John from his work on The Owl House and She-Ra. Kimberly Brooks, the voice of our protagonist, voiced Ashely Williams in Mass Effect, as well as a plethora of other characters since the ’90s. Sumalee Montano actually voiced the “American Female” voice for the Inquisitor in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and has made an appearance on Critical Role alongside Mercer. Finally, Zehra Fazal has done work on several new hit animations, such as Young Justice and Voltron.

Altogether, this is a really strong roster of performances, and I’m excited to see how they bring this beloved world to life.

(Featured Image: Netflix/Bioware)


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