While this fan-made Dragon Age: Origins patch purports to fix an impressive 790 bugs in the PC version of the RPG, that’s not even the best bit; incredibly, it also restores a heap of hitherto hidden content that had been cut from BioWare’s original release.
Qwinn’s Ultimate DAO Fixpack (thanks, PC Gamer), currently available on Nexus Mods, has taken on the unenviable task of addressing Origins’ myriad of issues. While first released in June 2017 it continues to be updated regularly, and the community modder has also poked around the inner gubbins and enabled players to run original material that, for reasons unknown – but thought to be related to “time or budget constraints” – was cut before release.
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As well as addressing the bugs, the mod restores three different reactions to breakups with Morrigan and Zevran, introduces a new “harsh breakup” with Leliana, and re-enables an option that lets Morrigan turn into an apostate. It also restores dialogue when taking them to Flemeth’s hut during her personal quest, adds an extended ending to Flemeth’s Real Grimoire quest, and restores a new option to show Mandar Dace mercy if fighting him during the Dwarf Noble Origin. It also enables players to collect 13 previously unobtainable in-game items.
That said, Qwinn has no interest in addressing what many players consider its clumsy combat mechanics, nor any graphical or texture issues.
“Note that my intent here is to fix the game, not tweak it to my liking,” said modder Paul Escalona, aka Qwinn. “I only change something if I believe the game’s behavior in any given instance was more than likely not intended by the developers. In other words, I try to fix bugs. Actual bugs. As opposed to, ‘I forgot to talk to the guy in the Lothering Chantry for the Blackstone Irregulars and now I can’t get back to him, that’s a bug, fix it!’. No. That was actually intended, as is clear if you read the completed failed entry for that quest.”
For more – including full details on the huge list of restored content – head on over to the mod page on Nexus Mods.