As is customary in Dragon Age titles and also BioWare’s role-playing games, the new Dragon Age: Inquisition is going to allow players to forge romantic relationships with other party members.
However, this time around BioWare intends to go for more “mature and tasteful” sex scenes instead of the more ‘unrealistic’ ones in previous games. Speaking with GamerZines, cinematic director Johnathan Perry said that pushing the specific scenes graphically seemed just out of place.
“We certainly could push those romance scenes in any direction we wanted really,” he said. “Something that didn’t work well is that we tried more, well I won’t say graphic, but in Dragon Age: Origins we had characters crawling around in their underwear and it looked weird because they were wearing these lacy Victoria’s Secret panties and outfits which looked out of place.”
He also pointed out that the subtle approach is also better on the development budget. “Certainly when you have these characters interacting with each other in such an intimate way it’s incredibly expensive in terms of animation fidelity and getting it to look like they are really there and touching each other. I think Mass Effect’s scenes were done really well and I think we will take Inquisition’s scenes in that direction.
“You might have a nude character but they are framed in such a way that parts of them are in shadow, or having characters in various states of undress. We also want to focus not just on the sex itself, but also that this is the culmination of spending a lot of time with a character and getting to know them, and so we’re giving scenes a mature and tasteful treatment I guess. We’ll see where it goes for Dragon Age: Inquisition, it’s something that we’re working on right now so we’ll see how these scenes pan out.”
Dragon Age: Inquisition is going to release on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One next year.