Dragon Age: Redemption is an upcoming six-part web series written by and starring Felicia Day. The actor and filmmaker told the Straight she was thrilled to be given the chance to adapt BioWare’s video-game franchise to web television. “The opportunity to play with their world was just irresistible,” she said by phone from Los Angeles.
Day said she had played through Dragon Age: Origins a couple of times before being approached by BioWare, and she appreciates how the game subverted the traditional fantasy tropes. “It’s all about the grey areas and the moral choices you make,” she explained.
The creator of The Guild and star of Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a web-series pioneer. The Guild has had 100 million viewers over the course of four years and will soon move into production on its fifth season. In it, Day plays an online role-playing gamer whose life revolves around a game and the people she plays with. She said that the financial risks are reduced with web distribution, making the Internet a great place to experiment.
In Dragon Age: Redemption, which is set to premiere this summer, Day stars as Tallis, an Elven assassin hired to capture a rogue mage intent on wreaking havoc. The story takes place at the same time as the events of Dragon Age II. Day said she tried to blend action-adventure and humour in her script for Redemption. “The tone is very much faithful to the game in that the stakes are high and the story is dramatic,” she explained, “but the characters encounter their obstacles with humour and humanity.”