Gaming can teach us all kinds of strange things – almost anyone can do parkour, hanging from ceilings and killing people is worthy of an achievement, and sexual relationships can happen with anyone if you just say the right things at the right times. Now, Bioware is looking to make relationships in Dragon Age more realistic, and mature.
Dragon Age romances were typically rather wooden, and not in the way we’d want them to be. The romantic dialogue was stilted and awkward, and when characters did consummate their relationship it just looked weird – sometimes it seemed more like they were grappling with each other while wearing negligee. Bioware has looked into making the graphics for these liaisons, and the build up to them, more realistic. Speaking to Gamerzines, Cinematic Director Jonathan Perry explained:
We certainly could push those romance scenes in any direction we wanted really. Something that didn’t work well is that we tried more, well I won’t say graphic[…]
Certainly when you have these characters interacting with each other in such an intimate way it’s incredibly expensive in terms of animation fidelity and getting it to look like they are really there and touching each other. […] You might have a nude character but they are framed in such a way that parts of them are in shadow, or having characters in various states of undress.
Not only will they be changing the roll-around-in-the-shadows elements, players will have to be focused on more than just the sex itself. Perry explains that the romantic encounters are now designed to be a culmination of spending a lot of time with a character and getting to know them. Does this mean that we are moving beyond just selecting the heart option in the dialogue wheel? Or does it just mean that it will take more effort to get your character of choice into the shadows?
I’m seriously excited about Dragon Age Inquisition. No, not the shadow part, although that will be fun, too. I’m excited to see what Bioware brings to the table, and how they learn from their mistakes. Is this an insta-buy for you guys, or are you still feeling a bit burned after Dragon Age II?
Last Updated: October 15, 2013