So for reference, the leaked DAI DLC survey is a screenshot supposedly taken from a consumer survey that reveals a possible story-based expansion for Inquisition.
First, I’ve taken a number of surveys like that for AAA titles. I would not dismiss it straight off as a “oh well why would they be doing a survey that spoils stuff in the first place?” because they happen all the time. There are market research companies that cater to video games specifically. I would question when this survey was given, particularly because in my experience a survey like this would either have been done well in advance of development (pitching multiple possible DLC expansions they could pursue to see which one gets the best response) or fairly shortly before release (when they’re trying to determine the price point that is suitable to consumer tastes). I’m also a bit skeptical because (if I’m not mistaken) the screenshot looks like the poster was taking the survey on his/her phone. In every AAA title survey I’ve taken, they were very concerned with having people take the survey on the computers/laptops provided by the company doing the market research. We weren’t even allowed to have our phones out of our pockets/purses during the session. Perhaps whatever company was managing this chose to handle things differently - but it seems like you are asking for a leak if you have someone taking a survey like this on their phone.
It doesn’t prove anything, it just makes me suspicious.
Second, there are some people who are reacting to this as if the leak indicates that they are only going to do one more DLC. This was simply a part of a survey (supposedly) for a future product, not a leak of everything they intend to release for DAI.
Third, I’m skeptical because of the actual plot content of the “leak”. It implies that you will be facing off against a Qunari invasion (which is possible, I remember seeing something about Qunari-related assets being found in the base game, though I don’t recall the source) and that you’ll “embark on a last adventure with your team to confront the one who started it all”. While it could refer to the one who started the conflict with the Qunari - it sounds to me more like that line is referring to Solas (especially considering that I would be shocked if they didn’t save his return for their final DLC).
Is it just me, or does having a Qunari invasion during a “Solas returns” plot seem kind of… odd? They wouldn’t be allies - not given his opinions of the Qun. True, Fen’Harel could essentially “stir up shit” in order to use the chaos to cover over his own actions, but from the way Solas is presented, I would think he wouldn’t want to unleash war and suffering and death on innocent people just for the sake of distraction - particularly when he’s doing a perfectly fine job keeping himself hidden without such drastic measures. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that both things are occurring at once? But that too seems like a weird choice. Story-based DLC tend to have a singular driving plot. It just feels a bit disjointed to me.
So maybe the “one who started it all” isn’t Solas? But then who the heck would it be? And why wouldn’t they save the continuation of the base game’s giant cliffhanger for the final DLC?
I’m also a little iffy on the inclusion of a new high-difficulty gameplay mode in a story-driven DLC. That also seems a bit odd to me.
It just sounds like there’s too much crammed into that description with very little to tie it together. If the whole point is to sell me (as the survey-taking consumer) on the product as if I were seeing a small advertisement for the DLC, then either their survey writer failed at their job or it’s someone trying to hit a bunch of keywords for things they think the fandom will get worked up over.
TL;DR - If it’s real, the “pitch” was (in my opinion) poorly written for what the survey question was trying to accomplish and we probably shouldn’t read too much into it. I have a number of reasons to suspect that it’s not, but I can’t discount it as a fake entirely. I personally don’t put much faith behind this one.