Official BioWare DA II Site
Official BioWare DA II Forums
Official EA DA II Press Release & Features
Dragon Age II Hub @ Game Informer
Dragon Age II Exclusive @ Game Informer
Dragon Age II: Introducing Medieval Shepard @ 1UP's RPG Blog
DA II - One Race, Long Thread About It @ BioWare Social Forums
Experience the epic sequel to the 2009 Game of the Year from the critically acclaimed makers of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. You are one of the few who escaped the destruction of your home. Now, forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now.
- Players take upon the role of the human Hawke (male or female), as per the Mass Effect series style of protagonist (VA) [Editor's Note: This particular feature isn't on the official site's bullet-point list]
- Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.
- Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.
- Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior.
- Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go.
- Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style.
While there are multiple races in the game, like elves, dwarves, etc, in Dragon Age 2 you play a human character.
While I do enjoy having fun with our fans, I am not joking about this. The player character is a human (either male or female) with the last name of Hawke. Dragon Age 2 is the story of Hawke.
DA:O is far from pointless, as you'll learn when you play DA2.
I've talked with Design quite a bit about Hawke, the DA2 lead character. There were a lot of directions that they could have gone, but ultimately, I think they made the right choice to tell the best story in this installment. Between now and launch, you'll learn more about Hawke and the story, which will shed a little more light on why Hawke was the hero that the world (i.e. this story) needed.