Dragon Age: Inquisition fans were alternately concerned, perplexed or even enraged a few days ago when it was reported that story-based DLC might not be released. The assumption, naturally, is that emphasis will be on multi-player. Bioware has also stated they will not be creating any “Awakenings”-style full content.
But fans of the series shouldn’t be overly concerned for a few reasons:
- It’s only been a month since release. It’s not time yet to discuss story-based DLCs. Usually, large DLCs are released five to six months after release.
- Moreover, Bioware may be hesitant to discuss future DLCs out of the concern that some players may want to wait for DLC to purchase the game.
- And since there are some major spoilers regarding the end of the game, DLC that is related to the end of the game might be not be an item of discussion yet.
- Bioware has stated that they are interested in creating independent “zones” rather than larger expansions. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. A “zone” can still have a complete story and be story-based. It’s just a self-contained area. Just think about how big The Hinterlands are!
- Bioware has only really stated that they do not want to create additional companions. This isn’t a surprise. Shale created a huge fan furor because she was on the disc from the start. Any additional companions would have had to have been on disc (or in download) to be integrated into the game, so Bioware had no interest in repeating this situation.
- Though multiplayer may not be a big aspect of DA games, it’s still important because it increases the longevity of the game sales. It’s understandable they want to support what multiplayer fans they do have with free DLC and content. DA has never been a multiplayer game but it’s clear they have interest in garnering multiplayer gamer support. This may not be exclusive to singleplayer content.
Again, there’s really no reason to panic yet. Nothing indicates that Bioware isn’t going towards story-based DLC, just that they aren’t prepared to discuss it at this time. Why the Inquisitr released the article with this tone is questionable, but it’s probably simply for page views; there has been nothing definitively stated by Bioware themselves.