Update: It turns out the original article that this information was reported on took the information from a well-known Dragon Age blog that contacted Examiner who wanted to clarify on some of the misinformation from the original report. LadyInsanity attented PAX East this past weekend and the information regarding the types of romances discussed below were actually pertaining to previous entries of the series.
Original Article: During panel discussions that took place at PAX East this past weekend, Bioware revealed a number of new details regarding Dragon Age: Inquisition which is expected to release later this fall. One of the biggest pieces of information the developer confirmed were updates to the in-game romance system as reported by Gameranx on April 13.
All recent Bioware titles have allowed fans to romance specific supporting non-player characters within the games. While Dragon Age: Inquisition will continue the trend, the developer is improving the mechanic to create a larger variety of outcomes. For example, it was revealed that the way each romance unfolds can be very different. This can result in standard love affairs or even more comedic pairings.
Think of each type of romance in Dragon Age: Inquisition as a different kind of movie with every possible way that the love can unfold in the game is like a different genre. Depending upon how players choose to interact with different love interests, they may see the story unfold like a pure love story, a romantic comedy, or even somewhat like a buddy action movie. Of course, should fans not want to romance anyone, the option remains to fully skip the romance system.
At their PAX East panel, Bioware confirmed two different in-game characters as possible love interests. The first is Cassandra, the Seeker from Dragon Age II who set the frame story of the second entry by questioning Varric. The other confirmed romance option is the recurring character of Cullen who has so far appeared in every installment of the fantasy franchise. It’s interesting to point out that Bioware won’t confirm if Cullen is also a companion member. However, all possible love interests in past Dragon Age titles have also traditionally been party members.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be out this fall on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. Players will take the role of an Inquisitor who travels the war torn country of Orlais to investigate mysterious tears which are removing the separation between physical Thedas and the magical fade.
Update: Here is the full clarification from LadyInsanity on the subject
Those examples of romances are what we have already experienced in the past with Origins and 2, and examples of what we could experience in Inquisition. Anders was that forbidden romance, as he knew he would ruin Hawke’s life by rivaling the Templars and Chantry. Affection lies for many romances, like Alistair displaying his visible admiration through giving a rose to the Warden. (To further clarify, my Varric example does not pertain to an actual situation in Inquisition.)
Your possible relationships in Inquisition will vary, depending on character. However, your romance experiences will not fall under a numbered restriction of relationship conditions as simple as affection, humor, or rivalry.
Thanks for the clarification Ashe.