BioWare says that it can't offer downloadable character DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisitor because of the controversy surrounding on-disc downloadable content. Some see the excuse as a big FU to fans who have complained in the past that they shouldn't have to pay extra for content already on a game's disc.
Speaking to OXM, Dragon Age: Inquisition creative director Mike Laidlaw said that due to how enmeshed in the rest of the game companions are, some data would need to be included on the disc to make the addition of more characters at a later date possible. But because of the generally negative outlook that on-disc DLC elicits from the community, the team at BioWare has decided that it isn't worth the hassle.
"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," he added. "There will be no DLC party members."
Because of this, players will have access to a total of nine party members to choose from in the final version of the game. Confirmed characters so far are Cassandra, Iron Bull, Sera, Solas, Varric and Vivienne.