If you ask me, the best romances are fluid romances, that is, romances involving pints of fluid. BioWare Edmonton understands this (or something like this), and will be ensuring that romantic pursuits in Dragon Age: Inquisition will be more fluid, more natural and less “you have given a boy a flower, you have earned seven kiss points, congratulations, have a kiss” than in previous games. Speaking to PCGN, producer Cameron Lee briefly discussed how love and courtship is changing in the latest Dragon Age game.
Dragon Age is known for many things, among them its refreshingly mature attitude towards grown ups having sex with a wide range of different characters. When asked whether the studio was taking a different approach to romance in Dragon Age: Inquisition, producer Cameron Lee explained: “it’s not as binary as previous experiences. I know the guys are trying to work towards more fluid, natural relationships and romances.”
Not as binary? Lee clarifies: “Well you know, in Dragon Age: Origins, you’d give somebody a gift and you’d see a +5 approval over their heads. I think we want to have something a bit more fluid and natural than that, this time around.
“It’s definitely woven into the story and into the experience. If you go on adventures in Dragon Age: Origins, there were some events and conversations that would occur if you’d hit a limit, if you’d hit a bar on an approval rating scale, whereas in Inquisition we want to be more fluid in the sort of responses that you’ll get and the flavour that relationship will have over the course of that quest. And there are some other full-on companion kind of experiences that you can have as well, but we’ll get into that at a later date.”
So a more naturalistic approach to courting and being courted would seem to be on the cards for Dragon Age: Inquisition, a process that’s less obviously based in cold, unfeeling numbers and more focused on the unknowable subtleties of the heart. An improvement, though there are still more details to come on precisely how the new system will operate.
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