The folks at VGChartz have cranked out a hands-on preview of Awakening after checking out the Dragon Age: Origins expansion firsthand during this year's Game Developers Conference.
The actual gameplay hasn't seen many changes, but there have been some signifficant fixes for the console versions (which were actually made in-house at Bioware this time). Much of the slow-down is gone, but I still saw it on ocassion. The issue of the dialog being a little halting with too much delay between lines still exists as well, but overall the dialog is very good, and has plenty of the dark humor the original game was known for. The new characters shown in the demo were entertaining, and as with the original game you can expect to be given the chance to make major decisions which effect their development and role in the story.