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.
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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.