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It's not entirely new information since the State of the Game #2 announcement (4 days ago from this post), but, I feel it's worthy of mentioning, and discussing.
Topic #4: Same Gender Romance: Any news on this front would be great…
Answer: First of all, I want to apologize that this is taking so long to get in the game. I realize that we promised SGR to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character. Unfortunately, this will take a lot more work than we realized at the time and it (like some other pieces of content we talked about earlier in the year) has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play. As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of.
Secondly, I want to reveal today that we are adding SGR with some NPCs on Makeb and do intend on pursuing more SGR options in the future. More details to come!
OK, where to begin. It's great that EA has acknowledged the request for Same Gender Romance Arcs (SGRA) from many gamers. This topic started WAY before the game released, however, so it's nothing new. Fans really wanted companions to be romanceable, though, even if gay/lesbian. Adding those arcs was apparently too hard for EA (in other words it cost too much), so it gets watered down to NPC's, likely shared across both factions (just like the main Hutt story).
If EA adds SGRA NPC's this time, then to be consistent with the SW universe, they would need to continually add them. Wouldn't it be better for the overall scalability of the game to just keep SGRA available to companions, and limit it there? EA is running their costs up now - it will only disappoint later when they can't deliver, as players will find that every content update doesn't include SGRA (ie short fix now, costs more in the long run).
Not according to EA.
The number of romanceable NPC's will be less than the number of companions who could have been romanceable. I'd expect much less .. maybe 1-4 NPC's total, across all factions and sexes. Yeah 1 or 2 per sex.
This is very weak. And those NPC's that are Bi or Gay only exist on Makeb? Nowhere else?
There are some story holes here. They don't exist anywhere else? EA is opening a door here - Makeb is LGBT friendly, but only on this planet, nowhere else is it thought of or allowed ...
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