Ready your allies! Dragon Age: Inquisition hits shelves October 7th, and if it’s anything like what we see in the new gameplay trailer, it’s going to be good.

The new trailer, released today, introduces not only some seriously impressive gameplay footage, but it also gives players a little more insight on the Inquisitor, the story’s main protagonist. The game, which until now has been shrouded in layers of mystery, begins in an all-too-familiar situation: a peace conference, Mages vs. Templars — an ongoing battle seen throughout each installment of the Dragon Age series. Before the conference can reach its peak, a massive explosion rains fire upon the group, terminating a slew of ruling-class leaders. Pushed from the fade in the blast, the Inquisitor appears in the form of our protagonist, determined to push the invading demons back through the rift.

In a recent interview with Polygon, creative director Mike Laidlaw gave gamers a little more insight into the new but oddly-familiar world: “There’s an interesting undertone here of people in the world believing that you have been sent as a leader by the maker of the universe,” he explains. “As a player, I have the option of saying, ‘Oh yeah, I’m the chosen one’ or asking what the hell they are talking about. It’s up to the player.”

Laidlaw goes on to give a deeper explanation: “After the big explosion, the heads of the factions in the civil war are killed and so the Inquisition moves in to fill the gap… once you come out of the Fade, you show yourself to be a leader. Someone has to take control and the power of the Inquisition gives you the freedom to take action.”

All of this news comes only hours after Bioware released the official cover art for the game. There’s certainly no doubt that Dragon Age: Inquisition will be a most impressive title. With a massive in-game map and state-of-the-art mechanics, Laidlaw assures us that gamers will “see some of the great personality of the game and the scale of this open world.”

Dragon Age: Inquisition hits shelves October 7, 2014, and will be available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Can’t wait? Here’s some screenshots to fill the aching void.

VIA Polygon

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