Dragon Age: Inquisitionâ€™s romances have been aÂ whiteÂ hot topic in the past few months with Lead Writer of the game, David Gaider, conjuring many an opinion with his defence of the seriesâ€™ longstanding portrayal of non-heterosexual love interests and relationships. More thanÂ a fair few fans of EA and BioWareâ€™s fantasy series are curious at just which love interests will be available in the game given that character romances have been such a huge part of Dragon Age gameplay in the past, with romance related decisions affecting storylines and important moral choices through the seriesâ€™ previous two titles.
So with new screenshots and character info being released, it makes sense that new details on Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s romances have made their way outside of the BioWare compound too.Â Not exactly coming directly from the horseâ€™s mouth, the new information about the love lines and dating livesÂ of Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s heroes and followers comes from a PAX East attendee named LadyInsanity whose reveals sound anything but crazy.
One interesting romance option that the game is set to offer up is that of a â€œhate-filled forbidden loveâ€ in which players will be able to see a rival as less of a villain to beat and more of a villain toÂ woo and shack up with.
Alternatively, if players would like their characters to find their other half in a more traditional sense versus the classic tale of â€˜hero makes a friend, hero falls in love with friend, hero and friend live happily ever afterâ€™ will also be provided, perhaps giving players an incentive to pick a favorite party member and try and build upon that relationship, which is in many ways is why the Dragon Age: Inquisition team is so keen on including it.
Furthermore, the popular question of â€˜who will we be able to romance in Dragon Age: Inquisition?â€™ has also been addressed by LadyInsanity who reported that BioWare confirmed several characters as love interest options. These include Cullen, a burly Templar who featured in the previous two Dragon Age games and Cassandra Pentaghast, the seeker from Dragon Age 2 who interrogates Varric throughout the game. While it seems that Cassandraâ€™s inclusion fits with the idea of having a hate filled romance (she was an antagonist in the last game after all), romance options may also be available with theÂ nine followers available to Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s protagonist but while these havenâ€™t been confirmed by BioWare or EA, it would be unwise to rule them out.
Non-party cameos include Hawke and Grey Warden, the two protagonists from Dragon Age 1 and 2 who both have a â€œstrong possibilityâ€ of showing up, along with Flemeth (Morriganâ€™s mother who also happens to be a dragon) and an unnamed character from the Dragon Age Asunder novel but none of these characters are expected to be love interests.
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Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released in Fall, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.