I really enjoy BioWare’s role-playing video game series Dragon Age, and one of my favorite parts about it is the music. I especially adore the soundtrack of Dragon Age: Origins but have listened to the scores of both Dragon Age II and Dragon Age: Inquisition repeatedly as well. However, one of the most memorable pieces of music out of them all comes from the most recent entry in the franchise, and features the characters suddenly breaking into song and singing “The Dawn Will Come.”
The song appears at a crucial moment in Inquisition. At the point in the game where it takes place, you and your group have just suffered a defeat at the hands of the game’s antagonist, and been forced to leave your base of operations. Things are looking grim as you're all in a makeshift camp together, when all of a sudden one of the characters, Mother Giselle, starts singing what you can assume is a song from the Chantry, the religious group in the game.
I was definitely surprised when she started singing in an attempt to lift the spirits of my character and the others, but what was even more shocking and enjoyable was when characters from other Dragon Age games joined in. Slowly, characters like Leliana and Cullen chime in to the song. Seeing everyone come together solidifies how much everyone in your group is in the same situation, and ready to face everything together.
Some might find a scene and song like this rather cheesy, and say that it’s unnecessary for the characters you know to join in so loudly. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much it felt like a very hopeful and inspiring tune to hear at that moment. It was at just the right place, and I like that they tried to do something different. Those concerns, though, were apparently shared by one of the cinematic designers who worked on the game, Robert Boisvert. He commented on a video of the song saying he was the one responsible for the presentation of the scene, and mentioned that the comments about this moment meant a lot to him.
“For months after this scene was completed I was stressed and worried that the scene was going to fall flat, was too corny, or just was not going to hit the mark. Hearing all of you say the opposite is truly comforting, and I am grateful for that,” he wrote.
It’s definitely one of the more unforgettable moments and pieces of music in the game, and a favorite of mine that shows how Inquisition stands out in the Dragon Age series from its predecessors.