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'Dragon Age Inquisition' romance partners, concerns and more discussed

'Dragon Age Inquisition' Cassandra
'Dragon Age Inquisition' Cassandra
Photo courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

David Gaider has commented on several concerns in regards to romance partners in the upcoming multiplatform video game, "Dragon Age Inquisition." According to a report from Gaming Bolt on May 2, the lead writer took offense to a fan statement suggesting that his company is backing away from supporting players who are homosexual. He replied by stating that the relationship system from "Dragon Age 2" may have distorted the expectation from fans.

The second game in the series features four romance partners in the main game: Anders, Fenris, Isabela and Merrill. Sebastian was also added in as a DLC companion. Players were able to date Anders, Fenris, Isabela and Merrill regardless of the genders of the main character. According to David Gaider, the purpose of the system from "Dragon Age 2" was not to exclusively appease to homosexual players. Instead, it was to give all types of gamers more than one romance option. Bioware's goal should remain the same with "Dragon Age Inquisition."

David Gaider did confirm that the upcoming title should have a mix of bisexual, heterosexual and homosexual characters although he wasn't willing to provide a concrete number. On the other hand, he did state that the diverse cast give the development team more stories to tell without being vague. Bioware is also including branching paths for players who don't feel like hooking up as well. You can find the comments from the lead writer from his personal Tumblr blog below:

As Mark Darrah tweeted earlier today, we have characters that are gay as well as bisexual and straight. I’m not going to discuss numbers or any further details at this point, so you can make of that what you will, but that allows us to tell more types of character stories without having to resort to ambiguity. Those stories exist for players who don’t romance the characters as well, and that’s also important.

Bioware previously stated that romance partners from "Dragon Age Origins" and the aforesaid "Dragon Age 2" can't be courted in "Dragon Age Inquisition" as the development team wanted to start fresh. On the other hand, some of the characters that weren't love interests in the prequels (Cullen and Cassandra) will be available as dating options. You can find a screen featuring Cassandra from the official "Dragon Age" Facebook account with the image located near the top of this article.

The sequel has a formal release date of Oct. 7 in North America and Oct. 10 in Europe. The PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions should end up looking better than the PS3 and Xbox 360 ports. However, the gameplay should remain the same on all platforms.

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