BioWare: Dragon Age Inquisition sex scenes will be "mature and tasteful"

Cinematic director Jonathan Perry says scenes of intimacy in upcoming RPG will take inspiration from Mass Effect's approach.

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The sex scenes in BioWare's upcoming next-generation role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition will take inspiration from Mass Effect and be "mature and tasteful," according to cinematic director Jonathan Perry.

"I think Mass Effect’s scenes were done really well and I think we will take Inquisition’s scenes in that direction," Perry told GamerZines. "You might have a nude character but they are framed in such a way that parts of them are in shadow, or having characters in various states of undress."

"We also want to focus not just on the sex itself, but also that this is the culmination of spending a lot of time with a character and getting to know them, and so we’re giving scenes a mature and tasteful treatment I guess," he added. "We’ll see where it goes for Dragon Age: Inquisition; it’s something that we’re working on right now so we’ll see how these scenes pan out."

Asked if video games could match film in their ability to portray a scene of intimacy, Perry said it is "inevitable" that games will be able to do this some day, when they can cross the "uncanny valley." Ultimately though, the interactive nature of games will always separate them from films, Perry said.

"But I think that games can be powerful in a very different way because they are interactive and they are based on your choices," Perry said. "They can react to what you’re doing and that’s something you don’t get in film as you are a passive viewer."

Dragon Age: Inquisition runs on the Frostbite 3 engine, the technology also behind upcoming games Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals. Perry said creating sex scenes that feel genuine and believable will be "incredibly expensive in terms of animation fidelity."

The role-playing game was recently delayed one year. It is now due out in fall 2014 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

Discussion

219 comments
fetusthebard
fetusthebard

So now relationships are built on interaction not gifts! This changes everything!

Hmm? This was done in DA 2 and it was still useless?

Oh. I can't be bothered then. As usual I will play DA for  the overwhelming story and lore. As one will do with Bioware.

nirmalbalaji
nirmalbalaji

Sex scenes in Mass Effect was not that much well. I think Far Cry 3 have the best scenes.

Fistan87
Fistan87

Meh, sex scenes in these games are very bad because they feel imo out of place. I'd much rather they leave it at black screen, at least that leaves things tasteful and not be awkward at all  for ex. seeing two polygonal objects trying to emulate sex.

SiriusSteve
SiriusSteve

"mature and tasteful" bwahaha, got to love media pop culture euphemisms.

daviz88
daviz88

I don't want sound like saint but what the hell BIOWARE?

slefo29
slefo29

Eddie now looks like Jesse Pinkman in Season four! 

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

The Bioware writers are terrible anymore. Fix the actual romance story lines before bothering with empty and meaningless sex scenes.

And The Witcher destroys DA in both elements.

irongutvi
irongutvi

ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ Raise your dongers! ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ

MudPie210
MudPie210

Bring on the boobs! Woo! :)  In all seriousness I really hope he is referring to ME1 compared to the others.  There were a few in ME3 that were more decent in quality but for some reason they just weren't very good at bringing that emotional connection with mostly all the scenes from the second two games.  The scenes in the first game though were perfect.

felixmdx
felixmdx

only normal sex scenes are when you use mods :P

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

So, why exactly are sex scenes now one of bioware's core considerations? Simulated hollow relationships =/=  maturity in games.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Or will they be completely pointless and not important to the story. I vote for that likelihood.

dpclark
dpclark

Will there be "tasteful" ejaculation?

silver_viper219
silver_viper219

i rly liked dragon age, well just the first one... so i hope it will be like that, nice story, good RPG elements, with kinda a better combat system.

Prometheus
Prometheus

I knew Witcher fans would troll a Dragon Age article. It always happens. Go enjoy your 'My balls itch' maturity level, which only teenagers think is 'so mature'. The Witcher isn't even competition for a party-based, tactical RPG like Dragon Age. The Witcher is more like a dark 'Fable' with a lot of action combat, mostly rolling around the floor.

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001011000101101

lol Bioware "sex" scenes. Lots of hover hands and rolling around inbound. 

brain20035
brain20035

Mass Effect's sex scenes were shit! You should take inspiration from Witcher 2's sex scenes; best scenes ever!

Veenox
Veenox

Is this really a selling point? WTF?

Anigmar
Anigmar

This totally renovates my faith in the game... No, really, let me know when you have something important and solid about the gameplay, customization, maybe some good screenshots.

endlesstruth
endlesstruth

With the increasing level of production in art, design and acting in video games i think Jonathan is completely right that video games will eventually reach this point. It probably won't happen with DA3 realistically but it's companies like Bioware and Quantic Dream that push the industry with their games; Dragon Age and Beyond: Two Souls (respectively). Though of course such things are wasted on gamers even adult ones who do not have the maturity or imagination required. That said sex scenes are for the most part unnecessary and overemphasized in Dragon Age, Mass Effect and Witcher because they offer very little effect afterwards, instead just changing or adding a few minor dialogue pieces. These scenes need to be used as a platform for additional story telling if they want to be taking seriously. Also sex is not the only way to show intimacy as a largely visual medium  video games and movies should always strive to get viewers or players emotionally invested not getting players to focused on fake physical intimacy. But alas sex sells...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Until they can get 2 character models to kiss and not have the player able to see the clipping, sex scenes will never be mature or tasteful.

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

Also I find it really cheesy how these games with usually a IF WE DON'T HURRY AND GET THIS DONE THE END OF ALL WE KNOW WILL COME type of plot still seem to have time for doing it while the bad guys are out there being evil. I mean in a real world circumstance if some crazy evil was going on would we really just drop the fight to take our clothes off? I have played the Witcher and Mass Effect games and they always seem to portray a sense of urgency but somehow in all that urgency they still seem to have the time to do this stuff? For me that takes away some of the drive to finish the game because it starts to seem as if the main plot is not important enough to the characters.

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

So how much are these scenes going to cost them to produce? Why not spend the money on making some other content better?

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

I find this immature rather than mature. It just sounds like a lame excuse to be perverted in front of a TV screen.

Mevrick
Mevrick

I find sex scenes in movies rather pointless and only for the purpose of "Hey lets show some boobs for the kids", especially in action-focused movies(Maybe in a few drama films like American Beauty it actually means something). That said, I find sex scenes in games utterly ridiculous. I think the first game to have had a sex scene included(at least the first I remember) was Mafia, and although the scenes leading up to the sex were nice and romantic, when the sex scene started I just started to laugh, thinking "What the hell were they thinking?".

If you're trying to make a mature story, i really can't see how sex scenes, no matter how tasteful, need to have a part in it. They can at least admit that they're doing it just for the sake of selling the game with (digital) sex.

Yamakoichi
Yamakoichi

Well that sounds boring. Well at least we have the wonderful internet modders over at the nexus who will make the scene more realistic.

You get a few feminists on the writing staff and suddenly all realism to sex goes out the window, it is not some amazing pure moment of intimacy and closeness, sex is meant to be fun. There is a reason why we do it people! It is not just for procreation.

Picia000123
Picia000123

I hope they will take lessons from the witcher 2 in that department. :)

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

....and most gamers' reactions will be immature and crass.

adrianjarca
adrianjarca

The sex scenes in previous Bioware games were completely pointless and gratuitous. Methinks that trend won't change for Inquisition.

Dexyu
Dexyu

when i read the title i went ....pff whaaat ^^??
came to see some delicate sex 

MN121MN
MN121MN

Hope this game doesn't put too much focus on those scenes... .Sure they drive the emotion of the story a bit, but emphasizing too much on it kinda devaluates the point of the trilogy....

stray2615
stray2615

I hope the scenes are directed by Brazzers.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

That's all well and good, but are we mature and tasteful? BOOBIES! No, no we are not.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Prometheus The Witcher blows. So does Dragon Age. They're both the same single player MMO boring ass gameplay as far as I'm concerned, and yes I own all four games and have played them. Though I'd rank DA higher.

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001011000101101

@brain20035 The Witcher 2 scenes were ridiculous. I refuse to believe a grown up could've come up with any of those.

dhayter
dhayter

@Fine_TableLamp when the world is probably gonna end dont u want to have sex b4 u probably die??so childish to even bring this up..

hystavito
hystavito

@Mevrick Yeah I always felt like most movie sex scenes were usually pointless, and often the romances overall are too.  And yes action movies are hilarious for that.  Hey I just met this woman and slept with her last night, today I will risk my life to save her!!! :)  In any type of movie, the "love" between 2 characters is usually formed by one sex scene :)

Yamakoichi
Yamakoichi

Also if the interactive nature will separate games from films with sex scenes, does that mean we are going to have QTE during these scenes?

Can I compare my "score" to my friends?

shreddyz
shreddyz

@adrianjarca Sex in video games has always been pointless and gratuitous. I guess Bioware never got the memo.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@stray2615 Bahahahahahaa. They'll consult the "directors".

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Nothing at all friend, I just like saying it.