Star Wars: The Old Republic denounced for gay relationships
Family Research Council says BioWare has "gone to the dark side" with promise to include same-gender romance in MMO game.
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BioWare hasn't shied away from same-sex relationships in its role-playing games in the past, having previously factored homosexuality into its Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises. In September, BioWare confirmed that this stance would extend to Star Wars: The Old Republic as well, and it's a decision the Family Research Council is just now taking issue with.
In a statement posted to Family Research Council's official website, organization president Tony Perkins condemn BioWare's intention to include homosexuality in SW:TOR.
"In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side," Perkins wrote. "The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships. BioWare, the company that developed the game, said it's launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints."
Perkins' assessment of the matter isn't quite accurate. According to BioWare's official announcement in September, which was repeated in a recent forum post, the company intends to implement same-gender romance options at an unspecified future date. The company said that it did not include these options initially due to "design constraints of a fully voiced MMO of this scale and size."
"Because The Old Republic is an MMO, the game will live on through content expansions which allow us to include content and features that could not be included at launch, including the addition of more companion characters who will have additional romance options," the statement reads.
The Family Research Council is a conservative lobbying organization based in Washington, DC. It was formed in 1983 by evangelical Christian leader James Dobson.
EA had not responded to a request for comment as of press time.