BioWare is no stranger to a bit of controversy. The creators of the popular Dragon Age and Mass Effect series already made waves before when it gave players not just straight romances, but bisexual ones as well. For Dragon Age: Inquisition, however, BioWare has decided to take it a step further and add in gay character romances.
In Dragon Age II, players were limited to four different romance options. Every possible consort for Hawke, however, was bisexual, to allow players to have the widest set of options. (Sebastian is excluded from this tally due to being a DLC character.)
Leader writer David Gaider of the Dragon Age series explained that with Dragon Age: Inquisition, the writers were given the go ahead to increase the number of romances, doubling it from Dragon Age II‘s four to eight.
Without the need to limit the number of romances possible for the player, the writers have chosen to have a variety of straight, bisexual, and gay romances. Characters like Dorian will only romance other men, while characters like Josephine will romance both sexes.
“So we are going to have straight romances, alongside bisexual romances, alongside gay romances. I thought that was pretty important because those are different stories to tell.” – David Gaider
You can hear more about BioWare’s decisions here, in a panel titled “Building a Better Romance.”
Kayla Swenson is an aspiring author and former DJ from Seattle, WA that procrastinates far too much with video games to get a book out. When she’s not gaming until carpal tunnel sets in, she’s working on dreams of being a voice actor as well as a published writer. Fond of RPGs, she will happily disappear into the void to tackle whatever bad voice acting awaits. Contact her at the email above, or on all major systems/networks as Beltravi.