Hard in Hightown Gets Released for Real – Scripted Gaming

Out of all the news, I was hoping to hear from Bioware/EA, this was not something I expected.

Varric Tethras’s fictional novel from Dragon Age II is apparently getting released in real life. Unlike the books released for Mass Effect Andromeda, this book is authored by a fictional character. If you haven’t played Dragon Age II and have no idea who Varric is, allow me to enlighten you.

Varric is the Dwarf with a dry sense of humor, included in Hawke’s many allies. Hawke is the Human main character of Dragon Age II. Anyway, the first time we see Varric, he’s being interrogated for what he knows about Hawke and he’s spinning the tale into a legend. In Dragon Age III you learn a lot more about his work as an author. But Hard in Hightown is the one book that made him famous, in the games at least.


As you can tell by the official cover for the book, Mary Kirby is listed as the co-writer. Mary Kirby is the wordsmith responsible for all of this, you know the one actually writing the book. It’s also good to note the quote on the book is made by Merrill. If you don’t know who she is, ask CVoyage. (CVoyage: Waifu. She’s Waifu.) The book is set to be illustrated by Stefano Martino, Álvaro Sarraseca, Andres Ponce, and Ricardo German Ponce Torres. The cover is created by E.M. Gist.

With the release of this book set, I wonder if we’ll see more books like this coming out. I’m pretty sure Swords and Sheilds won’t be getting the same treatment, seeing how in the game it’s smut. If I remember right, Hard in Hightown had a few sequels, so if this book does well we can probably expect to see them. I don’t think even EA can mess this up. Of course, they have messed up things as simple as multiplayer, so you never know.


I’m always eager to get a little more Dragon Age. The games are pretty enjoyable. I was hoping for news on Dragon Age 4, but I’ll take what I can get. Well, anyway, the book is set to release on July 31 this year. I might pick it up myself if I can manage to get to a store that sells it. Well, that’s all I have for you today. Thanks for letting me waste your time, people.

Keep It Classy,
Evil Bob



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