Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Dragon Age — these much-loved Bioware video game franchises are among the most progressive in the industry, allowing players to develop characters that can engage in same-sex relationships. Dragon Age Inquisition will continue that tradition, featuring a ‘fully gay’ male character as a squad mate.
Party member Dorian (pictured above) is clarified as an openly-gay character in the game, with lead writer David Gaider describing him as follows:
“Dorian is gay–he is, in fact, the first fully gay character I’ve had the opportunity to write. It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where “perfection” is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden. Dorian’s refusal to play along with that façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.”
Dorian is in fact not the first ’fully gay’ character Bioware has written, but he is the most legitimate and flushed-out. He’s sexuality is a big part of why de decides to join the player’s team.
“I suppose this aspect of Dorian will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it,” Gaider, who himself is gay, added. “It made writing Dorian a very personal experience for me, and I’m hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realized character to fans in the end.”
Dragon Age Inquisition launches on October 7 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.