Dragon Age: Inquisition will not feature extra characters as post-release download content, because according to the game's developer it would have to be stored on disc.
That's according to creative director Mike Laidlaw, who told OXM that the structure of the game means that characters can't be added later on without part of them first being available on the disc.
"Because of how deeply enmeshed in the system companion characters are, we can't just add them on the fly," Laidlaw explained, "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."
As a result, the nine potential party members that ship with the game will be the only nine available throughout the lifespan of the game.
Six of these characters have been confirmed - Cassandra (former Seeker of the Chantry), Varric (dwarf rogue), Vivienne (a powerful mage), Sera (an Elven archer), Iron Bull (a one-eyed mercenary) and Solas (an Elven mage).
Dragon Age: Inquisition is planned for release in Fall 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.