BioWare releases Dragon Age II demo

If you're not still downloading the Windows 7 service pack, here's another big download PC gamers might feel the urge to grab. BioWare has released a PC demo for its upcoming role-playing game sequel, Dragon Age II. The demo can be downloaded from Steam, FileShack, and, among other sources. You're looking at a 1.88GB download for the English-language version—nothing to sneeze at, but par for the course as far as PC game demos go these days.

According to the listing on FileShack, this demo "starts with the game's prologue before moving into Kirkwall, a new area of the world the new Dragon Age II." Besides new content, BioWare's latest RPG should also have some fresh eye candy in store. Speaking to the folks at Joystiq more than a year ago, BioWare VP Greg Zeschuk teased, "I can confirm that we're doing a lot of work on the Dragon Age engine, and doing a lot of stuff to pump it -- to make it visually super hot."

The full game is due out on March 8 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. This is going to be a crowded few weeks, what with Bulletstorm hitting stores today, Homefront arriving March 15, Crysis 2 following on March 22, and Portal 2 scheduled for April. (Let's not forget Duke Nukem Forever in May, either.)

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