I didn't like it in DOS2, even though I really enjoyed the game. Spend about 5-10 hours with all the companions just to have some of them die was stupid. I hope they don't pull that BS here. All companions should be able to travel with us, unless they don't like the player character.
Again, it doesn’t have to be black and white death/out of the game.
Maybe they just go their way and you bump into them again later, their stories having taken a particular turn that you didn’t witness or influence. Maybe they rejoin you later and betray you or help you in ways they might not have been able to do had they just stayed.
Killing all those off you don’t take, or taking them all with you without issue are two opposite sides of the spectrum, and until we know better shouldn’t be the only two options taken at face value.
Yes DOS2 did it one way, yea it’s fine to say “aaaargh, not again”, but to say the only option is to have X characters twiddle their thumbs round a camp fire waiting for the mighty Tav to solve all their issues is in my opinion equally dumb.
Here is the thing, the way this game is set up... there is one big reason they cant all go resolve there personal conflicts.
One tiny little reason... wriggling into there brain, eating and replacing there neural tissue.
This is a game about a rag-tag group of people who are thrust together because of there overlapping problem, on a journey to realize they are friends and family.
This is the breakfast club.
And there isnt a part in the breakfast club where 60% of the group is eliminated, and the remaining people (the ones that are in the most similar social click) go on to become heroes of the story.
Because that just isnt done in those kinds of stories, it undermines them.
Maybe you have a heroic sacrifice in these kind of stories (the one you would least expect to sacrifice themselves for you often works well), maybe there can be a betrayal...
This party lock will not work though, picking 3 out of 8 companions will not work.
But here is the thing, you saying "maybe they will rejoin you later" is just wishful thinking... and isnt what they have talked about happening, they have said that you have to commit to certain party members... that means THEY ARE NOT COMING BACK.