Bioware is Taking Dragon Age Inquisition Romance Options Very Seriously

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BioWare’s David Gaider answered to a question asked by the user regarding romance options in Dragon Age Inquisition. He gave quite detailed answer on his Tumblr.

I can easily imagine a time when the romances in Dragon Age Inquisition are revealed (whether that will be before or after release, I have no idea). There will be an inevitable reaction from people who are disappointed they couldn’t romance someone with their character of choice, and some of them will rant at length as to how they were only deprived of said romance because of some agenda.

We took away that romance because we’re mean, or because we’re boring and couldn’t we see that the romance they wanted would be so much more interesting? And that romance we actually put in is not only terrible but is homophobic/biphobic/racist/pedophilia/etc., which their romance pairing would not be.

No romance in a Dragon Age Inquisition will be a negative point for the long-time fans of the franchise and it may lead to players dropping the idea of buying the game altogether, unless it’s at least close to what previous Dragon Age games offered.

Debating that thought, David Gaider commented;

The conversation of why we even bother certainly can and will come up within the team. For the most part, it’s not hard to soon remember that we bother because there are a lot of people who enjoy the romances we write very much—and if there are people who take it to an angry place, it’s probably because they passionately care. And also probably because we do sometimes make mistakes and can indeed do better.

I know some fans would be happy if we just abandoned the effort altogether. Generally those are people who don’t use that sort of content in our games anyhow, so us not pursuing it naturally wouldn’t bother them. I’ll just ignore the element who see romances as a thing that only “fangirls” like, and which is thus of lesser value to a “real game”.

Debating why romances matter, Bioware takes us back to roots of what makes them special and that’s character development.

To me, the thing that BioWare does best is not story but characters—I think our characters are done to a level that few other games even attempt, with an element of agency that strikes a chord in our players…and romances has been a natural outgrowth of that. Sure we could stop, but that would be turning our backs on something we do which almost no-one else does. The question would be: “why?” And what do we replace it with?

It’s possible we could answer that question. We’ve made a few games without romances before, and we could do it again. Perhaps, if we made a new IP, we might decide it’s best not to open that particular Pandora’s Box (which, yes, romances have always been) and go with something else…but that “something else” better be something damned good, as there are a lot of people who enjoy that part of our games immensely and who might not be willing to buy into a new series which didn’t have it. Some folks might be eager to write those fans off, but I’m not really sure that BioWare feels the same.

Are you looking for the romance options in the new game or not? Dragon Age Inquisition is set to release this fall.

Hammad is one of our regular news writers. He is fan of Stealth and Open world genre, and enjoys FPS multiplayer from time to time.
  • BlackHelix

    I’m definitely one for romances in games. Not only does it make it a little more interesting but it makes it a little more realistic they may not get the romance 100% perfect but they try and I can’t fault them on that. I also have found that it gives me something else to do within a game, something else to ponder as I fight throughout the games or try to settle disputes. I don’t care if its hetero/gay/lesbian/bi to me it doesn’t matter especially if I am able to choose my gender. If I want to romance a certain person but can only romance them as a same-sex character so be it, I’ll choose the same gender. If I can only romance a certain person as an opposite-sex character then ill do it that way.

    To me romance is a good part of a game that just livens it up a little more and gives players a little something more to do. But then again that’s my own opinion.

  • 7rhg3

    I completely agree. Not only are romances an amazing addition to player progression but they add to the story so much. I know for a fact that certain romance options can change the story options quite a lot and more dialogue is open to you because of them. And in some cases you feel obligated to make certain choices to appeal to characters more which is completely realistic and changes the way the game plays…you might have to make a choice you wouldn’t have made for example, and you may live to regret that choice…but thats life.

  • Kiersten

    I would be so disappointed if they didn’t have romances. While the games main focus shouldn’t be romances, it would suck if romance wasn’t included. The romances add not only to the enjoyment of the game as a whole, but to the development of the characters as well.

  • zainfazal3000

    A Qunari Inquisitor who is Tal-vashoth falling in love with an elf, or a human or even a dwarf. That would be very interesting to see.


    They can see that Bethesda has done with just vanilla romances and let the pc players mod in what they like.SO they know there is that option, sadly not in DAI because there’s no toolkit.
    Not sure Varric will be romancible because of Bianca.I am not attracted to him so I wouldn’t romance him if offered, but ok for others if that option exists.

  • Shepica

    Definitely YES for romances in games, Bioware does excellent work, I personally wouldn’t buy Bioware game without romance

  • Paula

    I loved the romance and the interaction of the characters.. Dragon Age helped me through my cancer treatments and I just love the game.. It would not be the same if there wasn’t romance..

  • Rose

    As long as Varric is an option I’ll be happy. Maybe just female dwarf exclusive since we know he doesn’t fancy humans. Can’t see him being gay/bi though (not to be homophobic, just don’t think it would fit his character).

    PS. Completely agree with Donavan, not like people will be forced to do it.

  • Donavan

    I personally hope they keep the romance no matter what. Its what help make the game more interesting and a sense of character. Those fans who don’t like it can go rot in a hole because its just as important as anything else in a RPG game as well. Straight, gay, or big it doesn’t matter as long as it feel real like a romance should be.

    • omgshrimpz .

      Without romance the characters may as well be emotionless robots.