Despite the fact that Dragon Age: Inquisition is releasing across several different platforms on both new and old consoles alike, Xbox One owners will be getting preferential treatment when it comes to the release of all post-launch content for the game. It was revealed during Microsoft’s E3 conference that all DLC for the third installment of the Bioware franchise will come first to the Xbox One, leaving anyone who plays the game on any other platform to be forced to wait an unspecified amount of time before the content’s time exclusivity expires, as Joystiq reported on Monday.
The use of timed exclusive content isn’t unfamiliar with Electronic Arts titles as many of the publisher’s past games have had similar deals which bring new content to Microsoft systems first. The newly announced deal between EA and Microsoft revealed that all Dragon Age: Inquisition add-ons will launch first on Xbox One, meaning those who own the game on any other platform will simply have to wait their turn.
Oddly enough, it seems the exclusivity contract only covers the Xbox One version of the game so even the Xbox 360 edtion of Dragon Age: Inquisition will see a delayed launch for DLC alongside PC and Playstation platforms. Exactly how long the content will remain exclusive to Xbox One is unkown at this time, but similar deals generally result in a one month delay.
Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on Oct 7 for the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. While Xbox One owners will get all post-launch content earlier than anyone else, Bioware has specified that the title will feature the same gameplay regardless of what system it appears on. This is said to be true even across the different hardware generations as the developer has said that the core features of the game will still be present even on last-gen consoles.