The first gay companion character in the Dragon Age series was revealed on the official Dragon Age: Inquisition web site by BioWare. The mage character Dorian was revealed on the official Dragon Age site by lead series writer David Gaider, who described him as "the first fully gay character I've had the opportunity to write." Some on Twitter took issue with Gaider calling Dorian "fully gay," so he clarified the definition to mean "legitimately," which also didn't get a nice reception. Semantics on Twitter aside, Gaider does his best to explain the character and a little of his back-story on the game's official site:
"It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where 'perfection' is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden," he explained.
"Dorian's refusal to play along with that facade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah."
"I suppose this aspect of Dorian [his sexuality] will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it. It made writing Dorian a very personal experience for me, and I'm hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realized character to fans in the end."
So what does this mean within the context of gameplay? Dorian will be the first male party member who can only be romanced by men without the option to romantically involve him with a female character.
Dragon Age Inquisition releases October 7 in North America and October 10 in Europe.