Dragon Age Inquisition's Dorian Character is "Legitimately Gay," BioWare says

"It added an interesting dimension to his backstory," veteran writer David Gaider says.

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BioWare has revealed the latest party member for upcoming role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition. A moustached mage named Dorian, he is the first "legitimately gay" character BioWare lead series writer David Gaider has ever written and he's already drumming up some controversy.

"It added an interesting dimension to his backstory, considering he comes from a place where 'perfection' is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden," Gaider said in a post on the Dragon Age website. "Dorian's refusal to play along with that façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah."

"I suppose this aspect of Dorian will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it," he added. "It made writing Dorian a very personal experience for me, and I'm hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realized character to fans in the end."

"I suppose this aspect of Dorian will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it" -- David Gaider

In this post on the Dragon Age Inquisition website, Gaider initially referred to Dorian as "fully gay," which led some level of criticism over this label. He has since apologized, explaining that he meant to say "legitimately" gay, in that Dorian will only romance men. "I was trying to be clear--many people consider the bi characters we've done to be 'gay,'" Gaider said.

Another fan suggested that "fully gay" and "legitimately gay" have the same connotations, but Gaider doesn't see it that way. "Many would say, 'No, it's not.' But fair enough--I did not intend to comment on bisexuality, and will leave it at that," Gaider said.

Here's how Gaiden sums up who Dorian is and what he's all about:

"Dorian is smart--perhaps too smart for his own good, really. He was raised in a society where both intelligence and wit are prized, where advancing yourself socially means outmaneuvering your peers, and he does so quite well… or, at least, he would if he didn't see through it all. That's left him rather jaded and sarcastic, naturally."

As for his abilities, Gaider writes that Dorian has "powerful elemental spells" at his disposal, along with spells involving the control of spirit and the dead.

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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Discussion

629 comments
razor_rj
razor_rj

"As for his abilities, Gaider writes that Dorian has "powerful elemental spells" at his disposal, along with spells involving the control of spirit and the dead."

nooo, why did he had to be the elemental mage, i smell anderson all over again

Shielder7
Shielder7

Anyone else think this is just Bioware/EA trying to capitalize on being Lazy?


Think about it the only reason for this and not just Bi would be so they don't have to write 2 different sets of dialog and don't have to write love triangles.

Jake518
Jake518

Wouldn't the player technically be the first same-sex leaning (couldn't use the "g-word" for some reason) character? Seriously. The player has the ability to have a same-sex relationship in prior Bioware games and the player is a legitimate character in those games. Just my opinion.

JimB
JimB

I guess I will not have a mage in my party.

DefconRave
DefconRave

Can we have a Bioware RPG that DOESN'T have any romance and the characters actually have a normal working relationship and just concentrate on the job at hand, like saving the world. Not traipse over half of Ferelden to find X characters lost leather boot to gain +10 favor for requisite sex scene.

bitslice
bitslice

I wonder if Dorian's new weapon will be an enema bag of ecoli ?

Chunkman
Chunkman

Well, it looks like we've officially hit a 'damned if they do, damned if they don't' situation in the responses to nearly every announcement. We torch companies when they omit a certain ethnic group or lack 100% gender parity or sexual orientation representation, which obviously does not go unnoticed by game developers. But then when they attempt to regain some of that lost credence by making announcements such as these, we torch them yet again for "pushing an agenda, or BS political correctness, etc."

I don't believe Bioware makes characters with the intent to appeal specifically to generation X,Y, Z, or to make sure their stockholders are impressed with what they're cooking up, or whatever. I choose to think they are a team of socially concussions creators who have a genuine interest in developing stories and video games that can challenge the way we see the medium. It's not some bullet point on the back of the box; it's a facilitated writing decision that is made with the desire to make the game world and the player's experience of the game richer. And that is worth talking about. It's clear that not everyone is going to get a fair share of that pie when the game comes out, and not every group/culture in the world is going to be adequately represented, but I feel that's the case with every storytelling experience we consume. Not every novel needs to have every kind of character ever to be a great read, neither does a movie or television series, and we shouldn't be looking at video games with such unrealistic expectations. 



Cray-Z-Canuck
Cray-Z-Canuck

And yet another title I will not purchase.  When did developers forget that games were supposed to be games and not portals for pushing whatever social or civil agenda they believe in?  You can say it's not a big deal, but it was big enough for them to include it, write articles about it, talk about it etc.  Minor part of the game, maybe, but they saw fit to include it anyways.  

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

And why am I supposed to care about that? Most g@y people are so normal, you wouldn't even know they are g@y. It doesn't work like that: "Hey I am Johnny and the most important feature about me is that I am g@y".

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Gamespot must be homophobic because they reject the word g*a*y.  And I had nice things to say about it too.  Oh well, maybe they will get over their fear and insecurities someday.

nasser_m200
nasser_m200

I hope they release minor boss fight like what they did for DAO (the Troll fight in the tower top) just so we can see real gameplay and see how much it improved or any new mechanics and hope they stop spoilering the story. I hope the combat will be better than DAO and not like DA2

MihaiHornet
MihaiHornet

And I don't really give a rat's... ahem ass. A hot "Legitimately Lesbian" on the other hand...

jeffryclause
jeffryclause

Because I'm supposed to care who this guy is sleeping with....

Video game producers are just getting this wrong.

magickalman
magickalman

Who cares? Why is this even a thing?

shilo_24
shilo_24

Many companion characters with many personalities makes for a marvellous Bioware game. It's what they do as a company and why I love them so =)

MISTMAN77
MISTMAN77

As long as the game is as great as I hope it will be it shouldn't matter on these issues. Character diversity is good, but mainly in an ability-wise way.

sethman75
sethman75

If Bioware is so open and inclusive, i want a pink baby elephant that can dance the tango as playable option.

IDK if i'm in the minority, you must include what i want because i want it there.

isshiah
isshiah

I really wish female or gay characters weren't a big deal worthy of a special announcement. 


Regardless of that, he sounds interesting and i look forward to having him in my party come October. 

Pooya1881
Pooya1881

we got it bioware.u support everybody!!

enough already.just release a demo or something

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

I cannot believe some of these comments. You don't know how strong a character Dorian is. We'll have to wait until the game is released to see if he's "just another tacky add-on" or not.

REDShadowG
REDShadowG

Oh my god, here we go again, another ugly/old looking g@y character, why can't they ever make a blonde hunk or something UGH!

Here's to hoping that he'll be interesting at the very least.

Spartan070
Spartan070

If you're somehow(idiotically) opposed to that then just don't use him in your party, there are 8 other party members and 2 other mages, problem solved.  Sheesh...

stevez44
stevez44

@JimB Good, don't have one.  Learn some acceptance and to not be so ignorant

shilo_24
shilo_24

I believe half of what you desire will occur - normal working relationships are something Bioware are working on. In fact I'm rather excited by the idea as it's a fabulous addition - even more back stories... and dare I say it bromance fun! =D

Admittedly, I'm also looking forward to the romances. My better half, as much as I love him, is as romantic as a tomato and I'm not about to start reading Mills and Boon! You can't use an xBox controller and I've heard the storylines are terrible ;) As such I stand by Biowares choice to include them as an optional extra for those who wish it to be part of their story =)

jeremy-
jeremy-

@Cray-Z-Canuck You could say that more about the general romance thing in all bioware games rather than just the orientation of the characters. Bioware have always 'forced' romance into the games by making it an option and part of the story. Apparently people like it, so they've just continued. There have been a lot of posts on the forums asking about it. And Bioware's position is just to not romance people in their games if you dont want to, but because a lot of people want it, its there.


And you CAN shut down romance in all of their games, often in a hilarious way. So in this sense, you are saying you have apparently been okay with the writers exploring straight romance as a writing theme, but the second they include something homosexual, they are 'forcing their agenda'.


Cant it just be inclusivity? Just say no to the speech wheel. Hell, I'm pretty sure you would have to go out of you way most of the time to actually eventuate at the homosexual option.


Bioware have been doing this since Knights of the old republic. According to feedback. People like the romance in bioware games. And the vocal minority have always polled and requested homosexual relationships. So Bioware have pandered to this minority. 


Coming from somebody 100% straight, its not about a political agenda, its about the spirit of inclusivity. In that they refuse to listen to bigots dictate the game with their threats of a boycott.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@Cray-Z-Canuck This is ridiculous. If they don't allow gay romance they get picketed and broadcasted on national news stations (Tomodachi). If they allow gay romance people like you harpoon them and call it pushing a social agenda down your throat. 


If a single character being gay means you can't enjoy this game, then I take great pity on you. I truly feel sorry for your ignorance.

mrlemur2u
mrlemur2u

@rogerthat1945 Wow. welcome to 1950 were black men are supposed to know their place and stay away from the white women. That being said; while I respect your right to "have an opinion" and not like whatever you choose to not like please don't throw around words like "moral" to make excuses for your choices. And, equating the abuse of children to not being either white or christian or straight is just making the case you are a complete @ss.

jeremy-
jeremy-

@rogerthat1945 IMO some straight people dont care what other people do in their own time and wont go out of their way to hate speech on random forums. Guess what, if you dont like it, dont buy it. Bioware have been saying this sine DA:O and ME1. Their attitude is if you dont like it GTFO. 


Good bye and good riddance. Dont let the door hit you on the way out.

Mad-Matt-4000
Mad-Matt-4000

@rogerthat1945 I agree that it's sad people don't care about moral standards. After all, you definitely seem to care. You actively avoid games that have good moral standards, don't you? Bravo sir, bravo.

mummacula
mummacula

"What you do in the bedroom is your business. Now show me your skill tree."

bigruss51
bigruss51

@Spartan070  why (idiotically) opposed to? Just because I don't like being around gays, and would rather see a CHILD HAVE A MOTHER AND FATHER  doesn't make me an id&^%. I'm not against the existence of gays the way I'm not against the existence of Obama but if somebody had blown his brains out 5 years ago I would be happier, maybe idk. 

DefconRave
DefconRave

@shilo_24 Haha, I like your response :) Actually it would be alot more fun if after you pick your lover of choice or even if you never get romantic with anyone, some of your party members have relationships (romantic or otherwise) between themselves on their own. Also some conflict within the group not revolving around the player would make things seem alot more immersive.


As it is, the party seems more like your personal harem than a group of unique individuals with their own wants and needs, likes and dislikes.


Yes, this is a concession that romance in Bioware games will never go away. :P

rogerthat1945
rogerthat1945

@raver_mark @rogerthat1945 So wrong; and its why I never said its so funny laughing at HIV AIDS spreaders dying of their disease.

....partly because they spread it to heterosexuals

jeremy-
jeremy-

@rogerthat1945 @jeremy- Ironic statement considering statistics show religion is on the decline. You honestly think progressive straight people are going to go extinct? Tell that to the white-only policy on religion you guys had like 30 years ago.


Religion is only getting more and more progressive as time goes on. Your kids will think you were a backwards hick when they grow up, and they would be right.


I have nothing against religion, just aggressive bigots that rage on forums and impose their erroneous will everywhere. Keep your religion to yourself and you wont get hated on. Bye.

jeremy-
jeremy-

@rogerthat1945 @jeremy- How somebody can talk about disliking games displaying inter-racial couples on a game forum and not get banned is beyond me.


Can somebody please take out the trash? What do you think this is, 1930? Rofl. 


I gotta wonder, where do you live, (not specific, like what country/city). I would love to know where in the hell they teach you this kind of stuff in 2014. Its gotta be some remote village where you are in a complete bubble and totally removed from society because its not normal buddy.


What nationality are you. Is this like a white only thing where you only like white people to be married to other white people? Or is this some other kind of nationalism?

rogerthat1945
rogerthat1945

@jeremy- @rogerthat1945 From your comment, from within an economically imploding country with no standards since 1944, one might guess that you are one of those freaks who plan to marry a goat after divorcing your brother and sister.