Here’s Why ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’s DLC Isn’t On PS4 Yet

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Downloadable Content (DLC) is meant to give players something more to do after they’re done with the main game. Oftentimes, it comes in the form of a new storyline, new gear to use throughout the game, or a whole new mode/map to play around in.

DLC usually comes after the main game’s own release, yet still within the window of time where people won’t trade it in. In other cases, it comes out alongside the game or, at least, in the same week – to which many will claim that it should’ve been on the disc (or in whatever file was downloaded at launch).

In the case of Dragon Age: Inquisition, however, DLC didn’t come until many months after the game’s November 2014 release. And it was such a long wait that some began to wonder if the massive RPG would get any DLC at all. However, after patches, free trials and a host of questions fired towards BioWare, the studio finally announced Jaws of Hakkon earlier this week – the first ever single player DLC for Inquisition.

While the DLC did release this week, it wasn’t available for everyone. One major platform – the PlayStation 4 – was mysteriously absent from the list of launch platforms, but Xbox One and PC players were able to jump into the DLC shortly after its out of nowhere Twitter announcement.

At the time, we suspected that the lack of PS4 details was due to one of two reasons: either Jaws of Hakkon was a timed exclusive, or the PS4 version simply wasn’t done yet. Turns out it’s the former, with BioWare unable to discuss the DLC’s release for other hardware, which even includes the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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The news comes from a couple of tweets from Dragon Age Executive Producer Mark Darrah, who explains that due to certain aspects of a contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio isn’t in the position to talk about Jaws of Hakkon on anything other than the Xbox One and PC. Microsoft’s involvement explains the lack of details regarding the PS3 and PS4 releases, but the Xbox 360’s exclusion is very odd, unless the company is beginning to make moves to leave the last-gen system behind.

Many PS4 players, in response to Darrah, have stated they may not buy the DLC when it finally comes to the system. Although, for what it’s worth, Darrah expressed a hope that people will still care when the time comes. This actually brings up a small flaw with DLC: by the time it comes out, many may have already moved on to something else.

As noted by VG247, most timed exclusives only last for 30-days. Hopefully Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon will do the same, and fans of the game can spend more time with a game they enjoy.

Any PS4 players out there annoyed by Inquisition’s DLC being unavailable to them? How long will it be until you cut your loses and move on?

Sources: Mark Darrah on Twitter (1), (2), VG247