Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch with nine party members and that’s it. No additional characters will be added as DLC as BioWare doesn’t want to include any on-disk DLC.
Speaking with OXM, Creative Director Mike Laidlaw stated that, due to how enmeshed the companion system is, some data would need to be present on the disc for extra characters to be added.
“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,” he said. “[This] 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.”
BioWare received a lot of heat back in 2012 with Mass Effect 3 when Javik, a Prothean, was added as day-one DLC. However, modders found the character was available on the disc and were able to code him into the game. This created a firestorm in the industry with many accusing BioWare and EA of removing content from the game to sell it as downloadable content. This is no doubt something they want to avoid this time around.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is out fall 2014 on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.