Those of you who are familiar with the Dragon Age games, or Bioware games in general, will know that there are various opportunities to develop romantic relationships between characters, even sometimes going 'all the way'. Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bioware's latest title, is no exception.
First off let me just say that this article obviously contains spoilers, so if you want to discover the romantic options in the game for yourself when it launches I would stop reading now. Right, you have been warned.
Be ye warned, there be romantic spoilers on the Bioware Forum. Posted by me, because it was time. http://t.co/rDRqMsfj5y— Mike Laidlaw (@Mike_Laidlaw) September 3, 2014
Over on the Bioware forums creative director of Dragon Age, Mike Laidlaw, gave players the rundown on what to expect with the romantic encounters in the game, including which characters prefer which gender.
Laidlaw writes about his reasons for revealing the romance options in the game, stating:
'It’s quite valid to ask, “Why reveal which characters can be romanced at all? Isn’t it better to leave the mystery and let players discover the romances as they play?” While some players understandably prefer to start games completely unspoiled, the truth is that DA:I is huge. The story takes a great deal of time to unfold, as do the relationships players develop with followers. As a result, you could play the game for a significant length of time before discovering that a follower isn’t interested.'
He also said that 'we’ve designed each follower to have a rewarding story arc for players who choose to engage with them, romantically or not'. For some characters they won't really want to be romanced if it doesn't make sense within their own personal goals, and it's dependent on how players' adventures with the character have evolved too.
Second warning, below you'll find exactly which characters find which gender appealing, so turn back now if you don't want to know.
The following 'core' romance options below are available to any race within the game, and fulfill the devs 'first design goal of providing multiple options to everyone':
- Cassandra is interested in male characters.
- Blackwall is interested in female characters.
- Josephine is interested in both male and female characters
- Iron Bull is interested in both male and female characters
- Sera is interested in female characters.
- Dorian is interested in male characters.
A couple more romance options were added in as a result of the extra development time DA:I received'. They're not as extensive as the ones above, due to their story arcs.
- Cullen is interested in female elves and female humans.
- Solas is interested in female elves only.
For fans of Varric, Vivienne, Cole, and Leliana, this means they won't be available to romance in the game unfortunately.