With only two of the eight possible romance options in Dragon Age: Inquisition yet to be revealed, Bioware has ruled out the possibility that players will be able to have a romantic relationship with at least one popular returning character. Varric, the roguish storytelling dwarf who was first introduced in Dragon Age II, has been confirmed to once again not be available as a romance option in the series’ upcoming installment according to a report by Gameranx on Aug. 25.
This will be the second Dragon Age title to feature Varric as a companion character but not a potential love interest. Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw revealed that the decision to continue to prevent players from romancing the crossbow wielding dwarf was discussed in length and that the ruling wasn’t made lightly.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature eight other characters players can start a relationship with instead of Varric, however. The different love interests of the game will be divided among various sexual preferences so that gamers will be able to enter into a variety of romantic options representing straight, gay, and bisexual relationships. Each NPC will also have their own personal preference and players won’t be able to sway them otherwise.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will give players the option to select their race, class, and gender with it launches on Nov. 18. While there will be numerous romance options presented to players within the game, only half will actually be available to each gender. For those who are completely uninterested with in-game relationships, the romance system is entirely optional, and gamers can choose to remain single instead.