Alistair, a key part of Dragon Age: Origins, will not be a party member in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Series executive producer Mark Darrah revealed this on Twitter moments ago. Whether Alistair will appear in the upcoming RPG at all we'll "have to wait and see", Darrah said.
.@TaylorW15000 not a party member. You'll have to wait and see on the rest.— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) February 4, 2014
BioWare also announced a new initiative to support fan artists and cosplayers that will see the developer release "detailed, descriptive, high-resolution character designs before the game is released".
The first of witch is Morrigan in a ball gown. Morrigan, another pivotal party member in Dragon Age: Origins, will also not be a party member in Dragon Age: Inquisition, although she'll still play a significant role in the story.