BioWare hasn't exactly kept a clean record when it comes to proper DLC practices. However, creative director Mike Laidlaw wants everyone to know that Dragon Age: Inquisitions will be different. At the very least, it won't have DLC party members.
While Laidlaw's promise doesn't exactly rule out paid content, we can feel a little better knowing none of the characters will be downloadable content. He did try to explain the studio's decision to have DLC party members in their games, such as Sebastian from Dragon Age 2 and Javik from Mass Effect 3.
None of those characters got by without a whole lot of criticism from fans, and while BioWare is obviously aware, Laidlaw notes that the drama might just be some misunderstanding over how content is distributed on these games.
"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.
"It's not the case, but we've decided this time to not go that route. There will be no DLC party members."
So really, there was never any good reason for fans to get upset. Well, at least this is one less headache for BioWare and anyone looking forward to Dragon Age: Inquisitions.