BioWare won't release any DLC characters for Dragon Age: Inquisition, creative director Mike Laidlaw has told OXM. Why? Because this would require the developer 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," Laidlaw told us as part of a mighty new Inquisition feature, tucked within the pages of OXM US and the upcoming issue of OXM UK. "Which has led to criticism that we're forcing people to pay for content they already own.
"It's not the case, but we've decided this time to not go that route. There will be no DLC party members."
There will be nine party members in total for Inquisition. We know of six - Cassandra Pentaghast, former Seeker of the Chantry and renowned puncher of faces; Varric, dwarf rogue and dispenser of wisecracks; Vivienne, one of the most powerful mages in Orlais; Sera, an Elven archer; Iron Bull, a one-eyed Qunari mercenary; and Solas, an Elven mage.
Find pictures of Cassandra, Varric and Vivienne below. It's rumoured that Alistair from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be among the other party members. The first game's Morrigan has also been spotted in the wild, but she may not be a playable character.
"BioWare's greatest strength is its followers," executive producer Mark Darrah added later in the piece. "Long after players forget a mission or the storyline, they remember our characters."
Which BioWare character do you remember the fondest? I'm a big fan of Merrill and Mordin. The next UK issue goes on sale tomorrow, 11th April, and is chock-full of info on forthcoming Borderlands games, among other things.
Former OXM deputy editor Mike Channell has defended the practice of shipping DLC on-disc, arguing that new content is new content however it's delivered to the player. Respawn's Abbie Heppe recently described this as "scary community territory", however, "because nobody wants to have a disc and then have something that's unlocked on the disc and be like 'why are you charging me for something that you shipped with the game?'"
Any further thoughts to share?