Same Gender Romance Coming Soon To SWTOR?

Larry Everett made a very eye-opening prediction today about same-gender romances coming in SWTOR: Rise of the Hutt Cartel. This was on Massively in his article, Hyperspace Beacon: What does the future hold for SWTOR?

I was having the same exact thoughts today, but with the additional observation that the Hutt species is hermaphroditic, that is, they have sex organs from both genders hiding somewhere on their big slug-like bodies.

What better time to introduce the enjoyment of love in all possible forms, including droid love? I would think droids are also hermaphroditic, with various interchangeable modules–okay I don’t want to go too far with this, but if there are any droids out there with power supplies that last longer than normal batteries, look me up.

I can also say that a LotRO kinmate on the Landroval server said in our kin forum last July 2nd that her friend is a lead writer for SWTOR, and that she “Just talked to my friend and he confirms that there is definitely some same-sex content coming down the pipe for SWOTR. He can’t say when, but it’s confirmed.”

I think quality companionship is a really big deal in an RPG. It doesn’t even have to be romance. It can be a faction. It can be friends. The party banter in Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age is much-beloved because it adds so much to immersion and characterization.

I’ve only played Skyrim for six hours (so glad I waited for my new PC–it’s the best-looking game I’ve seen), but I’m already impressed by the characters and how they try to recruit me into their factions. The world of Skyrim is so amazing so far.

Anyway. Here is the relevant text from the Massively article, and behold my newest artwork creation as well, in the form of a quirky comic strip.

“Since the announcement that SWTOR would continue the BioWare tradition of romantic story arcs in TOR, players have been curious (no pun intended) about whether same-gender options would be available and how they might play out within the existing character storylines. I certainly believe that Rise of the Hutt Cartel will bring us the SGRAs we’re looking for.

I’ll even speculate that the arcs will be similar to those in Mass Effect 3. I don’t believe that suddenly every romance arc will be available to you regardless of gender. I believe that certain characters, possibly existing companions (Kaliyo, I’m looking at you), will have a change of heart, as it were, and make themselves available for players to romance now.

However, I think the biggest area for SGRAs will be in brand-new characters introduced on Makeb. These characters will be orientated one specific way, and if your character is the same gender, then you will be able to romance them. Additionally, I believe we will receive a new companion — maybe two. This companion will be gained much as we acquired HK-51: There will be a shared story arc for every class to gain this companion, and I believe this companion will be completely romanceable. ~Larry Everett

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2 responses to “Same Gender Romance Coming Soon To SWTOR?

  • iamthetruthseeker

    Star Wars Game Segregates Gay Characters onto ‘Gay Planet”
    Same sex relationships available in paid update.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/423849/20130114/star-wars-old-republic-sgr-gay-planet.htm

    So much for equality and openness.

    “Named Makeb, the planet will be launched as part of the new Rise of the Hutt Cartel pack and will be the only place in the game where players can select “flirtatious” dialogue options with characters of the same gender.”

    I…I have no more words…and not in a positive way:

    • Jacquotte

      Yes, I didn’t write an update for this because, well, what can you say. *Of course* we expected them to be with companions since that is the precedent in every other Bioware game.

      I felt their original claim of technical issues with the SGR (causing a delay) was B.S., and that looks fairly correct because this shows that they never worked on them for companions in the first place.

      Will I level a character to cap so I can flirt with a female NPC? Uh, no. The comment that says “why bother” at this point, doing it like this, I sadly almost agree with.

      I always thought a microtransaction optional companion would have been the way to go since it would pacify various haters and parents by causing the issue to be invisible unless you actively “opt-in”.

      Maybe it boiled down to X manager solving this problem with Y dollars, using a solution that involves not having to support SGR continuation in the future. Technically fulfill the promise that was made, for various reasons, with minimal investment and risk.

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