Bioware Wants More “Genuine” Romance in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Bioware’s Mike Laidlaw wants to bring romance and relationships beyond sex.

Speaking in a recent interview, Laidlaw expressed his desire to expand the relationships in Bioware’s Dragon Age games so that players are incentive-ized to do more than just bed their potential virtual partners. In turn, he pointed at several other games and game series that he and the game’s writers have taken particular inspiration from.

“There are some [games] that are really, really effective,” said Laidlaw. “The most romantic moment in a video game that I’ve ever seen is when Jackie visits his girlfriend’s apartment in The Darkness…. She baked me a cake, she’s moving in, and you watch possibly the entirety of To Kill a Mockingbird as she passes out on your lap because she’s tired and snuggly. That is amazing.”

Laidlaw also expressed an appreciation for how Persona 4 treated dating, as well as the deep platonic relationship between Joel and Ellie in The Last of Us.

“It says these are real people and it’s okay to care about them. I think to some degree there’s a joy to escapism when it’s okay to care. That is something that I think is kind of a single-player phenomenon.”

These examples and more have, according to Laidlaw have led Bioware to take what it hopes will be a more “genuine” approach to relationships in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

“Let’s not have gifts that buy affection. Let’s not have sex be the end goal. Let’s instead try and reach for something that’s like genuine affections and let you go up and say, ‘Hey you, we’re going to kiss now.’ And let players enjoy that, and feel like, yeah, that’s a real thing.”

Players will get to experience these new romances when the game releases on November 18th for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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5 Comments on Bioware Wants More “Genuine” Romance in Dragon Age: Inquisition


On August 20, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I just hope there isn’t a creepy uncle in it that ask his niece how it was like getting it on with another girl…

Bloctor Blobotnik

On August 21, 2014 at 12:30 am

Jeez, how much is BioWare paying you guys to keep promoting their crap? Or do you really have such short memories of why they don’t deserve this amount of exposure?

Janelle Bonanno

On August 21, 2014 at 6:02 am

@Bloctor Blobotnik Nothing, obviously. That’s what ad banners are for. That said, I hate romantic relationships in games too.

Phil Hornshaw

On August 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

@Bloctor Blobotnik



On October 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Well, Laidlaw is at least looking in the right places for inspiration if he is looking at Persona 4.