It’s hard to picture a modern Bioware title that didn’t have story choices or romance options. Yet, according to a report by OXM on Thursday, these elements are a guaranteed to be included and the developer debates whether or not to add such features before work on any specific title begins. Posting on his own personal blog, Dragon Age Lead Writer David Gaider revealed that there were indeed internal discussions regarding whether Dragon Age: Inquisition would include in-game romances.
I know some fans would be happy if we just abandoned the effort altogether. Generally those are people who don’t use that sort of content in our games anyhow, so us not pursuing it naturally wouldn’t bother them.
Fortunately for those who do enjoy seeing the different story arcs of the games’ romances can rest easy, however, as the developer has confirmed that they have chosen to include romances in Inquisition. Gaider revealed that it made more sense to continue crafting in-game romances as it makes more sense to keep those who enjoy such content happy by including it in Dragon Age: Inquisition. After all, those who don’t wish to pursue the optional love stories can simply choose to not engage in this part of the game.
Even Still, Gaider knows that regardless of what they do, there will always be gamers who are unhappy with the decisions of who they can romance inside the game as he stated the following.
I can easily imagine a time when the romances in Inquisition are revealed (whether that will be before or after release, I have no idea). There will be an inevitable reaction from people who are disappointed they couldn’t romance someone with their character of choice, and some of them will rant at length as to how they were only deprived of said romance because of some agenda.
Romance options have become a staple of Bioware games. Both of the developer’s popular ongoing series, Dragon Age and Mass Effect, allow players to interact with NPC companion character to develop in-game relationships with. The developer realizes that these two franchises fans’ expect this option to be present. Moving forward, however, Gaider stated he isn’t sure if future Bioware series will include romance options.
We might decide it’s best not to open that particular Pandora’s Box.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch later this year on Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.