Mass Effect 3 producer Casey Hudson says fan-feedback has been a key factor in developer BioWare’s decision to include a wide array of romantic possibilities for players, including homosexual relationships and inter-species love.
Speaking in this week’s episode of Up at Noon, Hudson said, “We got a lot of feedback about romances, and the way people perceive our game. It’s kind of interesting, because as we’ve layered in things, you can make a lot of choices about relationships. At some point over the course of the series we realized that people felt that same-sex relationships were a conspicuous absence from the options you have as a player. And we always strive to be inclusive. So we included that.”
He added, “When we started the series, we actually had no idea whether our characters would be as compelling in terms of human emotion as we wanted them to be — especially with alien characters. So we didn’t design romances for some of the aliens like Garrus and Tali. But the voice acting turned out to be really good, and even though they were alien they kind of had a really deep ability to convey human emotion. And people wanted romances with them. And so we did that as well, and they become some of our more popular relationships.”
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