Ever since Cory Butler confirmed on BioWare Pulse TV that same gender romance arcs (SGRAs) will not be in SWTOR at launch, BioWare has been silent on the issue even as a large portion of the gaming community has debated both sides of the issue. Today Stephen Reid hopped onto the Dev Tracker to say that SGRAs will be included as a “post-launch feature.” He implies that the current exclusion of this feature was due to a choice made based on time constraints.
Full statement and Comments after the jump.
Official statement follows:
Due to the design constraints of a fully voiced MMO of this scale and size, many choices had to be made as to the launch and post-launch feature set. Same gender romances with companion characters in Star Wars: The Old Republic will be a post-launch feature. Because The Old Republic is an MMO, the game will live on through content expansions which allow us to include content and features that could not be included at launch, including the addition of more companion characters who will have additional romance options.
Assuming that BioWare is shooting for ESRB’s Teen rating, this announcement quells arguments that the presence of SGRAs automatically results in a Mature rating. Reaction to the announcement runs the gamut — praise for being inclusive, indifference, criticism of homosexuality as “creepy and weird,” irritation that development time is being wasted on SGRAs.
Stephen points out that SGRAs are of interest to more than just a tiny segment of the population and that it will be only one of many other features that will be introduced post-launch in his follow-up post here. Stephen says exact details are still being worked out, you will not be “tricked” into an SGRA here. Allison Berryman reminds everyone to keep the conversation civil here.