Saturday, January 28, 2012

NEWS: Love in a Time of Intergalactic War

Last month, The Old Republic launched to millions of users worldwide. It is, in my opinion, a great game. It stepped up to the plate and put the RPG back in MMORPG, which many people felt was long overdue. Bioware, the company behind it, has had an amazing track record of success in the Roleplaying game industry, not only as a gameplay innovator, but as a bastion for equality of race and sexuality. However, one particular omission has left a sour taste in the mouths of certain gamers. However, Bioware has promised to correct this error.

That's right, lords and ladies, Jedi and Sith alike, same sex romances are coming to The Old Republic! No word yet on whether it will be retroactively applied to existing companions, which is what I would hope, or if it will come with brand-new companions. But one way or another it is coming.

The reason that Bioware gave for not having same sex romances at launch were actually pretty solid. For those of you who haven't played it, every single NPC that can be interacted with in the game is fully voiced. The project has set a record for the largest voiceover cast. That is a whole lot of dialogue to be recorded, which takes time. They simply decided that, with all the dialogue that had to be recorded before the game could launch, the completely optional romance dialogue could wait. Am I happy that this was a feature they decided not to have at launch? No. But I'm happier that it's coming at all.

Bioware currently doesn't have a timeline as to when this feature will go live, but as you all know by now, my policy is that good things come to those who wait. Maybe by the time my Consular can find the love of a fellow woman I'll actually be able to afford to have an account again.

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