This is an argument against the idea (hinted with the AMA yesterday) that they are supposed to be ALL the companions in the game.
Is it about something in between a full blown origin and a bland mercenary, with the emphasis on 'meet along the journey'?
I'm not sure why we are pretending I'm talking some alien language here.
I'm speaking of "proper companions". Mercenaries can go fuck themselves and overdose in a public restroom, for all I care.
So no, I'm not talking about "something midway". And yes, these "Origin Stories" still qualifies as proper companions.
The only difference between an Origin Story and a more traditional companion is supposed to be the fact that you can play as the former, so it comes with all the additional costs of having to implement all his dialogues, story vignettes etc from a player perspective.
The argument being discussed here is: "the game should also have companions that are not part of the handful of Origin Stories showed to you at the start up"-
Especially because if these, what, six-to-eight character are all BG3 is going to offer in terms of companions, that would be pretty fucking disappointing?
The problem here is that asking "There should be at least 16-18 origin stories" is NOT reasonable, because that would cost a shitload of money (beside coming with its own set of issues, like still being spoiled from the get go about ALL the characters in the game).
So we ask for the next best thing: "Save the money to make them 'Origin Characters' and jut give us more companions in general".