Same-Sex Romance For All in Mass Effect 3, Says BioWare

If you want man-on-man and woman-on-woman action in the next Mass Effect game, you’ll be happy to hear that BioWare has made your wish its command. According to a tweet from executive producer Casey Hudson, Jane and John Shepard will support a wider array of romantic options, adding that the writing team is handling love interests of existing characters "with sophistication" and will do their best to "preserve character continuity." From his twitter feed:

"Happy to confirm #ME3 supports wider options for love interests incl. same-sex for m&f chars, reactive to how you interact w/them in-game."

Hudson also revealed "love interests won’t all necessarily be permanent squad members." Fans can look forward to love across the universe, it would seem.

On a related note, the idea of a gay robot sidekick for Duke in Duke Nukem Forever has been shut down.. for now. In a recent article featuring comments from Gearbox president Randy Pitchford, Eurogamer was told that the studio had been toying with the idea of teaming the salty protagonist with a robot with a diametrically opposed sexual orientation. Pitchford said that concept was to "explore how Duke would relate to a peer that might have a different sexual orientation."

Of course we have a pretty good idea how Duke would react to the character and chances are (this is my personal opinion) Gearbox felt like showing such interactions might come off as homophobic. Still it is interesting that Gearbox is exploring some unique ideas, and Pitchford hints that such a concept might appear in a future title in the series.

Sources: Blues News, Eurogamer, Shacknews

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    SpencerRuler says:

    It’s not about how it works in the real world. After all, there is no such thing as FTL travel, yet you see that all the time in Mass Effect. It’s about being faithful to the canon. For all we care, though, Shepard can become gay even if you made him have a straight relationship in the two previous games. You’re the one making the decisions after all.


    Living in Canada can be a very good thing, you know. We enjoy the universal healthcare and gun-free environment of an European country while getting all of our games released at the same time as in the US.

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    Roh02 says:

    Im all for the inclusion of gay characters but dont go making established straight characters gay all of a sudden thats not how it works in the real world.

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    "Bioware’s own Dragon Age series, with threesomes (foursomes!) with Lelianna and Isabella…"

    Sounds like Dragon Age: Origins was mis-titled. Maybe it should have been called ‘Dragon Age: Orgy-ins’.

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    Arell says:

    I’m not giving them any slack.  What they did was abhorrent in regards to journalism, or even Editorialism (considering it was on one of their "opinion" hours, not their "news" hours, since they think there’s a distinction).  However, it wasn’t this titanic event that gamers make it out to be, nor did it mark the beginning of a campaign against sex in games.  Fow News has barely ever brought up the subject again.  I’m not certain, but I think the host of that show, or at least the psychiatrist, later appologized for the complete fabrication of information, stating they talked about only what they heard and hadn’t even seen the content in question.

    All I’m saying is, Fox doesn’t really care if we have virtual gay sex in games.  They didn’t in DAO or DA2, and there are a couple other games with homosexuality in it.  Nier had a transgender character.  Honestly, "games are evil" is a topic for a slow news week, and conservatives have plenty of other more important things to bitch about right now.

    Giving them slack?  Ha!  I’m stating that they make up fake controversies when they’re bored with real events.  They don’t have a special place in their hearts for games in general, or ME specifically, those were just easy targets at that particular time.

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    Magic says:

    I think you give Fox too much slack. They displayed some absolute and utter fabrications about alien ‘sex orgies’ in Mass Effect. They fed that tidbit to the psychologist they had speaking on the programme. I can only think of two possibilities there: they either knowingly made it up to generate controversy and moral panic, or they didn’t do any research at all, beyond reading that the player could have a relationship with characters and went on to make some atrocious presumptions.

    Both are apalling and represent the worst in journalism and attitudes towards gaming.

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    eston says:

    Hopefully they’ll add some depth to it this time. It honestly felt like a tacked-on gimmick in ME and ME2, and added very little to either game. As a long-time gamer I think it’d be awesome for games to show some deeper emotional attachment since devs seem determined to put games on par with cinema, but I haven’t felt that in the Mass Effect series just yet. That said, at least they handled it in a classy way for the past two games, and I hope they continue that pattern and don’t go quite as over the top as they did in Dragon Age.

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    State says:

    Allowing for lesbian relatioships in ME1 seemed like titilation considering that male gay relationships weren’t possible. I’m glad they’ve fixed this for ME3.

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    Quite simple, really. Fox will replace Duke Nukem Forever with this to be "The worst game ever, past, present or future, that’s corrupting the youth of America".

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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    Arell says:

    They probably won’t respond at all.  I’m quite the Faux News hater myself, but I have to be truthful about what happened for ME1.  Meaning, Fox News hardly started a jihad against gaming that gamers remember.  They yapped about some misinformation for 20 minutes on an opinion show, then briefly mentioned it again later in the week.  It was less than 30 minutes worth of coverage, and they never brought it up again.  Meanwhile, other A-list games have had sex and homosexuality in thier games since, and it hasn’t been an issue.  Bioware’s own Dragon Age series, with threesomes (foursomes!) with Lelianna and Isabella, and then Isabella’s rather raunchy (and delightful) humor in the second game, could have raised conservative war flags, but it didn’t.

    Anyway… give me Tali x FemShep lovin’!  Imagine my irritation when I transfered my FemShep, who dated Liara, and found no romance options other than a non-relationship with Kelly.  I would have settled for anyone, Jack, Kasumi, that Asari Justicar chick.  I’m in the process of playing a Male Shep from ME1 so I can romance Tali, who is my favorite character.

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    Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    Can´t wait to see how Fox News will spin this. I´m not fan of Mass Effect, but I´m glad that Bioware dares to follow up this relationship system.

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    Grif says:

    BioWare: Listening to their fans since forever. I can’t wait for the game.

    On a side note, how are Duke Nukem and Mass Effect 3 even remotely related? There’s the same-sex thing, but ME3 is a fact, and DNF was just an idea. Hardly even close.


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