Bioware Discusses Romance Options in Mass Effect 3 (SPOILERS!)

DO NOT READ THIS if hearing about the upcoming romance options for mass Effect 3 (and any inherent character revelations therein) would ruin your day. This is my disclaimer and I am no longer responsible for spoiling things for you.

Kay, if you’re still reading, you’re on your own.

So Bioware recently did a big interview with Official Xbox Magazine about the upcoming Mass Effect 3, and in so doing, got the dirt on a bunch of new details about how the game will play and even some story deets. We’re looking at one particularly interesting little tidbit that popped up in Eurogamer‘s story:

There are apparently no new romance options in Mass Effect 3. BioWare revealed that 70 percent of Mass Effect 2 gamers weren’t loyal to their Mass Effect 1 love interest. And this will have repercussions in Mass Effect 3.

Whoa, bombshell. That carries over from the revelation that the squad you take into ME3 will be heavily determined by the actions taken (read: deaths suffered) in Mass Effect 1 and 2. All of them, from the sounds of things, will be returning characters. The “no new romance options” refers to the idea the people you’ll be, ahem, boning are people you’ll have, ahem, boned before only. This isn’t “Seinfeld,” after all — you can only have a max of three different sexual partners across all three games (assuming you can have one of the other options you didn’t take in one of the other games, and aren’t stuck with just the people you previously romanced).

Bioware’s little statistic about ME2 players not staying loyal to their chosen partners in game one is also interesting to me, specifically because 1.) Shepherd died and everyone moved on, 2.) Romance options from the first game weren’t available in the second, and 3.) Ashley Williams was kind of a bitch when you finally caught back up with her in ME2.

Whatever “repercussions” means (and certainly they can only be negative, because how could they be positive?), it’s interesting that Bioware is deciding to take action based on player actions that couldn’t be taken — that is, the 30 percent who stayed loyal to their previous companions didn’t have a romance in ME2, which suggests to me that they weren’t able to for some reason (like missed it in the story). Why would you deny yourself game content if you didn’t have to? And further, if Bioware goes with penalizing you in some way — like making Williams/Alenko/L’iara angry with Shepherd during the game — players are going to be annoyed for being punished (or even treated badly) for doing what the game is built to do.

Anyway. Love triangles are afoot. Get your galoshes.

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10 Comments on Bioware Discusses Romance Options in Mass Effect 3 (SPOILERS!)


On May 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm

So… wheres the spoilers? Everything you wrote about was well known before ME2 released.


On May 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Bioware should just become a softcore porn company cause that’s all there games are now. story lines with endings always having you get in some got’s or some chicks pants who has a sexual fetish with midgets.

I mean seriously, why the hell would anyone develop plot or storyline around ing someone at the end of a video game. It’s a game, it’s not like any of the characters have any real personality.

Know what keep going Bioware. We need all the weaker links in the genetic food chain to die anyway.


On May 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

More ME3 spoilers was brought to my attention.

That game will be good what ever they decide to do with it. Yes even if it becomes a Turn Based Strategy Farm Simulation!


On June 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm

WHAT?! I was sooo loyal to mine!


On July 23, 2011 at 11:33 am

Remaining faithful to the ME1 love interest isn’t about denying yourself game content. It is part of the game content. It’s about role playing. Romancing another character is what different, multiple playthroughs are for. Someone doesn’t have to experience all the ways the game could play out in ONE file/playthrough. Then there’s the reason why a certain ME1 love interest behaved the way they did in ME2. Shepard DIED. People just don’t come back from the dead. Shepard’s the first to do so. Of course, any sane, rational, normal person is going to be wary of that fact when they weren’t a part of it much more completely out if the loop. They may have trusted Shepard but trust only goes so far & coming back from the dead isn’t something that trust in any shape, form or fashion would include. Think about it. If anyone, including & especially the person you love, told you that, what would you think & say? You would call “bull” & think they lied to & abandoned you for two years. Anyone who says they wouldn’t is deluded & lying to themselves & others. Then add Cerberus, the organization that both Shepard & the certain ME1 love interest fought & saw for themselves the atrocities Cerberus committed in ME1, into the equation & the ME1 love interest’s reaction is not only understandable but justified especially considering how out of the loop they are. They don’t know jack about what’s going on. They are the character that knows the least of all the characters. So, the question shouldn’t be whether the player gets punished for having another relationship in ME2 but the player has punished the ME1 love interest for being & having the reaction of a normal, rational & SANE individual. Yes, the player should be. If they are & had been that selfish & self-absorbed & lacking the ability to empathize & compassion that is so necessary & vital for any relationship. These games are about player choice & the consequences of those decisions & choices. Everyone has to face those. Cause & effect. There’s going to be A LOT of people crying about & getting angry about the result of their choices in the games. They only have themselves to blame.


On July 30, 2011 at 10:55 pm

You know I too am loyal to the first romance choice that I made from the first Mass Effect game. Which happened to be Ashley Williams. And no I honestly did not have romance with any other squad mate from Mass Effect 2. So I am cofident and hopeful that my choice will make me very happy in result from the first two games. And I think one of the makers said all you have to do is play with your ME2 character and whatever choices you made in the past two games will somehow build up around Mass Effect 3. All I have to say is if thats how its gonna work then I have no problems considering everybody survied and is loyal to my shepard character. With that said all I have to is wait and find out how my choices affect my copy of Mass Effect 3 when it comes out.


On August 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I heard that there WILL be more romance options.


On December 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I hooked up with Kaiden in ME1, but he was such a jerk on horizont, so i would like to dump him. I hope Bioware will let me. Instead, i would like to get together with Liara.
Or Joker. I always loved him, but i know he wont be an option. :( (


On March 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

I stuck with Kaidan all the way through, so I damn well better get rewarded for not having my Femshep hook up with anyone in ME2!


On March 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

wait i don’t have the first one or second one can i still romance some one