SWTOR’s Approach to Same-Gender Romances
During BioWare’s livestream of their Guild Summit today, the topic of same gender romances with player companions was brought up, and their answer bothers me.
The good news is that they’ll probably come sometime this year, along with the next updates to the story. The bad news is that they don’t have plans to make it happen sooner, and that it won’t be for all companions, because it would not fit all of them.
It’s that last bit that seems slightly off to me – currently, if you can’t romance a companion, there is absolutely no reference made to their sexuality at all, for the most part. So adding same-gender romance to that companion would not deviate from their character; it would be adding on a new facet that you just hadn’t seen before.
BioWare is essentially saying that, even without their sexuality having been referenced, you should be able to TELL who would be open to same-gender romance and who wouldn’t (if you can’t tell ahead of time, then it wouldn’t feel wrong either way; i.e., would fit the character to have it). That they inherently act differently from a character who isn’t gay/bi, even in non-romantic situations.
I understand that when creating these characters, the writers likely gave them stories and attributes beyond what we see in game. But really – I don’t care. The character that matters isn’t the one in their head, it’s the one in the game, and it’s simply wrong, in my opinion, for them to suggest that characters which betray no hints of their sexuality should “fit” one way or another in terms of SGR.