Dragon Age: Inquisition Has Straight, Bisexual, and Gay Romances Because They Tell Different Stories, BioWare Says

BioWare discusses how it builds its romances at GaymerX2.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will have straight, bisexual, and gay character romances because they each tell different stories, BioWare has said.

Lead writer for the Dragon Age series David Gaider made the comments during BioWare’s GaymerX2 panel last week titled Building a Better Romance. He explained that since there were only four character romances in Dragon Age II, they were all bisexual because the team wanted to make sure every player had some type of choice.

“In Inquisition we got the go ahead to include a lot more total romances, so the decision was made that we don’t need to compromise,” Gaider said. “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.” This is why, for example, Inquisition includes characters like Dorian, who will only romance other men.

You can hear the rest of the panel in the YouTube video below. It’s a great listen if you’re interested in the process and design challenges in building these romance stories in the Dragon Age series and BioWare games in general. I also highly recommend BioWare’s other GaymerX2 panel, Freaking out the Neighbors, about how and why games should be more inclusive.

Dragon Age Inquisition launches October 7 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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ToadstoolPeach
ToadstoolPeach

Too much focus on romance, not enough on the actual main story which had a lot of potential.

2611mp
2611mp

Ok so it's in there... But if some g@y guy wants to try it on with my character then he's getting my sword up his @ss. And I don't mean it like that.

madmac1988
madmac1988

I have no problems with homos or lesbians but I dont get it why straight men only get 2 romance options while hetero women get 4 options. The majority of players are guys ( i think). Why put so much effort to please a small playerbase and by doing so neglecting their main playerbase is beyond me. 

the_thespian
the_thespian

To all of those who are upset about biowares choices I am so sorry that we can not cater to your every need as an ignorant unjustifiable person so I'm offering my dearest and sincerest apology that a game that many love is not catering to your need. I also apologize that a large sum of us cannot change the game for you to fit your homophobic lifestyle. I understand that you believe that you're the only person in the world that currently matters and we all revolve around you, I sincerely apologize for disappointing you.


My condolences 


- Every "idiot/asshole/untrue fan"



P.S. I love sarcasm :)

killedbyzack
killedbyzack

Dear Bioware,EA, and any other company out there: I'm bringing this game back tomorrow and returning it- It doesn't appeal to me, a straight male, like most of your audience, and I won't waste my money contributing to it. Obviously I'm not who you intended on as part of your target audience, so you won't be getting any more of my money.

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

More orientation, soapbox pontification ad nasuem. For the umpteenth time, in case you never got the much publicized memo: Dragon's Age has GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY romances. How many homosexual gamers does EA think is out there? 

xavroche
xavroche

Umm, how can a romance be bisexual? A romance (between two human beings, felt I had to specify that for all the pervs on here) is either heterosexual or homosexual.


A person can be bisexual if they are open to both types, but the romance itself can't be bisexual.

simon1812
simon1812

Inquisition Has Str@ight, Bi$exual, and @ay Romances Because some ppl at Bioware have this sick need that makes them try to please everybody.

Gatchan2
Gatchan2

money its always about exploiting for more money with EA

SHERNEE
SHERNEE

What else are they going to talk about at a Gay community's event. OBVIOUSLY they're going to talk about how they're trying to include all sexuality types. Everyone stop pissing your pants.

bah11
bah11

Bah, when will they  learn their true fans aren't 13 year old kids they're adults who care about game-play mechanics instead of virtual sex. 


stuff it will boycott and play BG at least it gets me back on steam

looneygalprowls
looneygalprowls

I'm not buying unless I can romance a transsexual dragon!!!! 

chicknfeet
chicknfeet moderator

I demand more mailbox romance!

Pooya1881
Pooya1881

enough about the sexual orientation already.

RevLux
RevLux

Dragon Age: Inquisition has been delayed about a month. (frowny angry sad clown face)

Xmus942
Xmus942

I love the dolts saying this game is doomed because they talked about the sexuality of their characters at a LGBTQ convention. lulz. Morons. Can't wait until this game comes out and it gets greats scores.

loranna238
loranna238

@madmac1988 A lot of girls actually play Dragon Age...you can continue to think it's all dudes but it isn't.

drake_onis
drake_onis

@killedbyzack lol, shame on Bioware for including people that are different than me! There are straight romances, nobody is forcing you to choose gay so what is the problem?

drake_onis
drake_onis

@OneStrong2 A completely optional mechanic including everyone is now pontificating? Absurd. You can dress up your homophobia any way you like but you aren't fooling anyone. They aren't forcing anything on anyone, nor are they saying any orientation is better than any other. They just don't want to leave anyone out, and the only way I can see anyone being against that is if they are bigots.

killedbyzack
killedbyzack

@OneStrong2 I'm returning the game tomorrow because of it. There's one straight female for me to go after in the game? Yea... looks like they're going for a different audience.

loranna238
loranna238

@xavroche I think they mean that either a male or a female inquisitor can do that romance.

loranna238
loranna238

@simon1812 ..or maybe it's because they are treating their characters like real people with their own preferences and wants and desires? That people aren't just straight, but also have other tendencies as well? I like this approach, while others may not.

loranna238
loranna238

@simon1812 Or they have a sick need to make their characters like...real people maybe?

loranna238
loranna238

@simon1812 Or they have this sick need to make their stories with realistic characters and situations? Maybe?

phoenix1289
phoenix1289

@bah11 Their true fans are ones who care about story and characters. Sexuality is a big part of who people are and can have large impacts on their actions and thought processes.


Also just pointing out sexuality is about more than just sex and adding these extra levels of characterization has far more range than simply virtual boinking.

chamer3
chamer3

@RevLux Well Bioware discovered Tumblr and realized they didn't have any Other-Kin in the game. 

chamer3
chamer3

@Xmus942 It got great scores and was a subpar game. I guess that's what happens when you care more about good PR rather than good work. 

chamer3
chamer3

@loranna238 @madmac1988 Mac said a majority were guys not that they were all guys. I find it interesting that you drew that conclusion though considering how you avoid the main point about relationship discrepancy in the females favor; my deduction is that you simply value women more than men at a rate of, at minimum, 2:1.

chamer3
chamer3

@loranna238 @killedbyzack It actually isn't that awesome. The main story is rushed to a ridiculous degree. You don't even get a helpful narration to let you know what's going on like in the original two games. What's worse is that you also have to grind for hours on side quests just to get to that rushed story. Add in all the bugs and it is very annoying; which makes the game difficult to call awesome. 

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

@drake_onis @OneStrong2
You lost me at homophobia -- a nonexistent condition, turned coined phrase to demean those who disagree with homosexual dogma -- Optional doesn't justify existence. You're delusional, if you think EA isn't going out of their way to make homosexual orientation an issue. Don't want to leave anyone out? So I guess they put children in their for pedos, animals in their for zoophiles, and sherbet Ice  cream in there for sherbet lovers, right? 

lelanon
lelanon

Well two but Josephine is technically bisexual as she is also romanceable for female characters. Along with Cassandra. That's the exact same number of options as the first Mass Effect. Down to the bisexual.

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

@killedbyzack @OneStrong2
Hope that 2% of the population is enough to cover the cost of making the game. They need to google directions to wherever they lost their mind at.


chamer3
chamer3

@phoenix1289 @bah11 Pointing out sexuality actually is simply about sex. An individuals sexual orientation only becomes relevant and generally is only revealed; through sexual pursuit. Real people are defined by far more things. However, this article is simply for good PR. "WE"RE INCLUSIVE! BY OUR GAME WE CLEARLY RUSHED OUT TOO EARLY; WE WILL TOTALLY PATCH THE BUGS LATER........ unless you have a 360 :p

ayahusasca
ayahusasca

@OneStrong2 @drake_onis Literally for a demographic that has been catered to for so long, for you to be upset that a game may be catered to homosexuals is bigoted and stupid. You're a homophobe.

hard_truth44
hard_truth44

@OneStrong2 @drake_onis Actually, OneStrong2, thousands of years of human history verify the existence of homosexuality regardless of whether you think it's 'justified'.   Putting your head in the sand about something doesn't make it go away.

And can we please stop comparing gays to pedos and zoophiles?  Two adults having a relationship is absolutely nothing like taking advantage of a child or animal.

demiurgency
demiurgency

@OneStrong2 @drake_onis Actually, I'm kinda wondering why they aren't pandering to a dwarf fetish.  Not that I have a dwarf fetish, as far as I'm aware, but Scout Harding is the only girl in the game I find genuinely attractive, and I'm a little annoyed there hasn't been a romance option with her.  Meanwhile, EVERY SINGLE conversation I have with Cullen the game really wants to remind me to romance him.