Double Fine's strategy game Massive Chalice, which has sailed past $847,000 in funding via its Kickstarter campaign, will include same-sex marriage options, according to lead developer Brad Muir. In an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun Muir explains how the community helped convince them that it was a good option to have in the game:
"We did not talk about [the possibility of gay marriage] until we launched the Kickstarter," he told the website. "We were so focused on pure pragmatic mechanics and how it would work and coupling and all these things that we hadn't [considered it]. That was something I got kinda blindsided by. That was really unfortunate. It kinda makes me feel s****y that it's not something I'd thought of. I think it's sort of hetero privilege that I didn't see it coming."
Muir admits that Double Fine and his development team haven't quite figured out how to work the feature into gameplay:
"We've been talking about ways to actually incorporate gay marriage," Muir said. "One of the suggestions was to allow couples–male/female or otherwise–to contribute to the good of the realm via means other than childbirth. So couples could raise children or research technology. That's one interesting way to handle it. And then, if you couple it with the ability to foster children, I think that's a way you could have same-sex couples in the game. And it's optional. People can choose to engage it or not."
The game does not have an official release date yet, though the Kickstarter page does list 2013. Massive Chalice is being developed for PC, Mac and Linux.