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.

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.

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DAOWAce
DAOWAce

Last I checked, sex was adult only and not 'mature', so a 'sex scene' won't be one at all.

I'd like a game with character relationships that are all about being comrades/friends, not lovers.  This avoids the need to lead along sexually frustrated males with checkbox rewards over the time spent playing a game. (And takes away the 'objectification of women' argument that's been going on for a while now.)

That, or maybe I just care more about people when we're teammates instead of sex friends. Who knows! /s

veis117
veis117

Haha, when I read the title for this article my mind confused "mature and tasteful" with "masterful". Also, the image of Morrigan caught my eye.... :)

santinegrete
santinegrete

Hiya people... if you played this by now, scenes were up to these standards? :D

BradBurns
BradBurns

I hate how these bioware games are always focusing on stupid crap like same sex relationships and how tasteful a sex scene is. 

Personally, I'd rather have cheap and fun, but that's just me.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

The only sex scene that I found well made is the one in Heavy Rain between Paige and the Dad. Otherwise it always been so ... I don't know, very awkward and almost worst than a teen movie with teen humor.


I also don't think this is evolving for video games, it is more about the story telling which is more dominant now than the gaming part we Watch more and more than with play.

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

Bioware is so ahead of the curb as far as social justice, i felt guilty about killing black enemies.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

Lol, they're incredibly cheesy and what I'd consider immature from what I've seen, with lame sex jokes and puns thrown into the mix... very awkward viewing!

fabs1
fabs1

 Thanks Bioware.


Elven male  A    (behin  ds)   and a  G  (ho m  o   sexual) Qunari  ( hor  n i   d  e v  i l) exposing his d  (pe nis) to the entire crew was quite "tas  teful".

xyxly
xyxly

It's in books, TV, movies, music, etc.


Games is a fairly new form of media, it's just evolving like the rest of them.

Charlie_1979
Charlie_1979

After reading this text, another matter for me comes more to mind: WHERE THE HELL are cultures came so stupid of extreme violence is ok in movies, tv and games, but sex NOOOOOOOOO, absolute ZERO???????? To me that makes look the human race really mentally retarded thinking like that. Is it all the NOT TRUE religions (worst human invention in history) that brainwashed most of us of violent ok, but sex extreme taboo subject???

hdnphr34k
hdnphr34k

To everyone complaining about sex scenes in video games, go buy a Wii U. To anyone who actually enjoys this game whether or not it has promiscuity and vulgarity, then enjoy it and stop complaining about it. If you just don't like the game, don't use such pathetic reasons for why you don't. If you're seriously upset about game characters getting some nookie, find a new hobby. 


Thanks for reading

hdnphr34k
hdnphr34k

To everyone complaining, go buy a Wii U if you hate sex scenes so much. To everyone who's an adult and can actually enjoy a bit of promiscuity and vulgarity, then enjoy the game if it's an enjoyable experience. Stop making a big deal out of sex and start making a big deal over actually bad games. 

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Bioware, warriors of social justice unite!

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

I'm ok with sex scenes in a game. It just gets incredibly awkward when a game is in the middle of a sex scene and someone walks in the room. Same goes for movies now that I think of it. We all can't help but burst out laughing, whether the sex scene be in a game or movie. It's ok when you're alone though.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

I really don't understand why people are so averse to having scenes of sex and intimacy in games.  Do they berate the same in movies?!  I think not.  Bioware is one of the few devs who actually create characters you CARE about.....it stands to reason that romance be available.  If there were no romance options in the Mass Effect saga - I just wonder how many folks would have been as impacted by it.

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

Sure sure, this is great and all, but we all want to know.... CAN I HUMP THE TREE STUMP IN CAMP?!  If my awkwardly animated polygons can't clip through some glorious bark cleavage, inducing cringes as it kisses on roots that may or may not be covered in insects/horse manure, THEN WHAT IS THE POINT?!


Yea I don't care about the sex scenes, as a married man and father of three I already know full well that it was the Devil who developed/marketed/delivered the female genitalia.  I do not need to be reminded of it's awfulness and deceit whilst spending time enjoying my hobby.  


How about an option to turn off/on the characters lack of impulse control for those of us not still fascinated by sex.  Some of us are really just interested in saving the world without relationship drama.

greyclam
greyclam

i found it funny that we care so much about sex scenes in a video game

zintarr
zintarr

Love scene in ME1 was tasteful while sexy.

Love scene(s) in ME2 were a freaking joke and should have been left out.

Love scene in ME3 with Liara was decent but was a step down from ME1, the rest were forgettable.

Love scene(s) in DA were soap opera sex with mannequins in bikinis.

Love scene(s) in DA2 were just plain funny.


Please tell me we are leaning toward the ME1 love scene.

rrcp1us
rrcp1us

I don't know how any sex scene in a game would be tasteful, unless they stick to the "less is more" idea and just cut to black and you imply that stuff is going on. 

I mean.. it's just weird seeing two polygonal characters grind up against each other.

Yodlin
Yodlin

The mere fact that is even being discussed speaks volumes about the state of the current gaming industry. Do sex scenes have their place in a story line? Possibly. The main question is whether they are for gratuitous reasons, or are they truly needed to advance the story line. A sex scene can be done without there being any concern for 'naughty bits' being shown. In all honesty, in many of the best love scenes, the less visible the better, mainly because if forces the viewer to use their imagination, which, in essence, is what a video game is all about. 


To be perfectly honest, I care less about the sex scenes. I have a computer and can see sex any time. I care less about gory scenes. Again, I have a computer and can see violent scenes any time. 


The issue is here not whether or not a computer company can do these things in a game; the issue is whether they feel they need to use these things to further their game.


I tire of the swearing, blood and gore, and promiscuity in games. What would really be a breath of fresh air would be a great story line that didn't have to rely on all of the above mentioned material to keep the viewer riveted and entertained. 


The gamers are growing older. I, for one, would like to see the games mature with me. Make me feel proud of my choices and actions. Make me feel like I made a difference. Don't pander to the more basal qualities. Make me work for everything I get. It has been a long time since I finished a game and went to bed in a quiet, restful slumber, feeling like I got more than my money's worth. 

yousheep
yousheep

You simply cannot have 'tasteful' sex scenes where homosexuality is involved.
Modern media needs a viewer discretion warning when they add such horrible behaviour into it.

go_hug_yourself
go_hug_yourself

If they want anything to be mature and tasteful, they should not include sex scenes at all. Those scenes are so retarded and unrealistic, so why bother? Cant understand why somebody would like them. Everything everywhere now includes sex in some way. This game is no exception. It is still a good game, but would be much more mature and tasteful without all this mainstream bullshit

Klyern
Klyern

Real choice, real consequences, next generation rpg experience, create something that no one's seen before, only possible with the hardware we have right now, blah blah blah, stop reading from a fu******** script!! this kind of repetitive talk that comes from the mouth of every single developer of every single company, about every single freaking franchise in existence in every single review that makes us want to watch stare straight into the sun to burn our eyelids so we dont have to put up with these repetitive speeches. 

IT'S.
DULL.

Stop doing the script reading or gtfo, we want to see gameplay and people explaining the actual game, not the "here, we will sell you this very epic experience that no one else can because we are triple A developers" bullc*** lines.

Seriously i could care less about Inquisition itself after being fed this spoonful of excrement.

medafor
medafor

I want to see straight face down a$$ up boning, legs in the air, juices flying everywhere, screaming hair pulling sex.


j/k

hated the overuse of sex in The Witcher,

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

Mature and tasteful huh? Not sure I like the sound of that! lol

JealousJon
JealousJon

@DAOWAce As a guy who has had sex twice, Bioware sex mind you, I am not convinced this is made to satisfy the male audience. I can't speak for women, but I don't think men would be upset if Bioware decided to scrap their checkbox dating games.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Charlie_1979 The thing is it has been very difficult to do romance in games well because it just looks so fake and uncomfortable... animation and those kinds of things have needed work (and still do), and until we get there every sex scene in ever game will be very hard to take seriously...  though I think The Witcher 2 had a great scene with Triss,  well done and didn't come off as some sexual action just for the sake of it,... unlike the romance options typically found in Bioware games, 

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@VakarianGirl Really...?  You think the romance scene were done THAT well..?  So well the overall impact of the game is diminished if you haven't experienced them...?  I think that's a bit much imo...  the romance scenes haven't been done well in Biowares games as far as I'm concerned, and they really didn't add anything to the ME games or even the characters themselves.  They just feel silly, and look weird, and definitely don't add to my appreciation of the characters...


I'm not saying romance has no place in games, but I'm just not a fan of how Bioware has been handling it, it feels way too forced.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@zintarr I actually do probably agree with you there.  ME1's, while rather......angular lol.......were really pretty good.  I mean.....for their age.

Charlie_1979
Charlie_1979

@yousheep Your comment makes me wonder if your from 1 of those pure stupid countries that homosexuality IS A CRIME of simply super Anti of homosex???

persepshun
persepshun

@go_fuk_yourself I'm sorry that sex is a fundamental part of life.  It's okay though,  Jesus appreciates and supports your quest for making the world modest and pure.

persepshun
persepshun

@Klyern Or perhaps that's all you took away from this article?  Further more this was not written by the game Devs,  it says clearly at the bottom of the article (if you even read that far) that it was written by a Gamespot Editor NOT anyone from the Dragon Age dev team nor anyone representing Bioware in any way.  You are ignorant and seem to have issues with your powers of observation.  How about before you write long diatribes describing other people's articles as "excrement" you should take a long look at the feces dribbling from your own head before fumbling for the "post comment" button.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@nl_skipper @Charlie_1979 Well, to me it's more of a western problem. Western games usually animate very poorly. So it just looks weird as a result. 

go_hug_yourself
go_hug_yourself

@persepshun @go_fuk_yourself obviously you dont get what i am saying, jesus sucks balls btw, and i dont give a flying fuk about purity. There is real sex in real life, then there are all kinds of real sex media content to explore on the internet, and then there is this video games kind of bullshit. Can you answer please, what an adult, sexually active person could find in these laughable awkward ''sex'' scenes of video games? For me its immersion breaking, because it just doesnt deliver. Its more oriented to innocent teens who are not even allowed to play it according to rating. Normall person cannot take it seriously, and knowing that storytelling and overal production values of DA games are pretty good, these moments just doesnt fit the quality standarts of the other aspects of the game. Just saying, if they can't deliver, then better just skip the lame excuse of sex scenes because it looks just like a reason for mature rating and sales increase, because yeah , sex sells. Tasteless and not artistic. 

Yodlin
Yodlin

@evangeliman @go_fuk_yourself @persepshun You then make a valid statement concerning selling a body. If a gaming company generates a character in the game that insinuates sex, are you not responsible for causing the programmers to prostitute themselves, since you were willing to pay money in exchange for gratuitous sex? The mere fact that the object of your affection has been artificially generated is a minor detail. 

go_hug_yourself
go_hug_yourself

@Yodlin @evangeliman @go_fuk_yourself @persepshun you sound delusional. I was saying that it would be best to not include in game ANY sex scenes at all, just somehow letting player know that his/her romance ended up that way would be enough. About prostitution, seriously?, how did it even come to that? Am I responsible for what programmers do just because i bought the game? I would buy this game anyway, regardless of this minor setback. And prostitution IS LEGAL in so many countries around the world, and legalizing it is a step forward imo. Its much better than pretending it doesnt exist and lose economically / risk people's health. And its not ''selling body'', its selling services. If people willingly choose to do it, they should be allowed to do it. We live in a free world.