Here you go, Devs - a sterling example of a player who does not know which story to progress, and hence is unwilling to explore content, because we STILL don't know which companions will be available. C'mon - you can tell us! It won't spoil the game!
I still don't know why they can't at least tell us which companions are planned.
This isn't really a new feature as much as an alteration of an existing one.