Bioware is apparently looking to avoid controversial downloadable content practices with Dragon Age: Inquisition. As they explained in a recent interview, Dragon Age: Inquisition will not be offering downloadable characters or party members post-launch. All nine party members will ship with the game, and will not be added after the fact.
There will be no party member DLC to avoid controversy
According to Bioware’s Mike Laidlaw, they made the decision because to offer new characters after the fact, they would have needed to ship some of the DLC on the disc.
“Because of how deeply enmeshed in the system companion characters are, we can’t just add them on the fly; part of them has to be shipped on the disc. Which has led to criticism that we’re forcing people to pay for content they already own,” said Laidlaw in an interview with OXM. “It’s not the case, but we’ve decided this time to not go that route. There will be no DLC party members.”
Of the nine party members in Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bioware has revealed six so far: Cassandra Pentghast, Varric, Vivienne, Sera, Iron Bull, and Solas.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is due out later this year on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.