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Dragon Age The Veilguard Romance Options Not ‘A Huge Surprise, Considering Baldur’s Gate 3,’ Says David Gaider

Dragon Age creator David Gaider has revealed that he’s not surprised about the direction that Dragon Age: The Veilguard is taking with its romance options following the success of Larian Studios’ Baldur’s Gate III.

Speaking on X Gaider started by commenting, “I guess the move in [Dragon Age: The Veilguard] to ‘all companions are romanceable by everyone’ isn’t a huge surprise, considering [Baldur’s Gate 3], but – unsurprisingly – I have a few thoughts.”

He then acknowledged that the “fandom is pretty split on romance design,” stating that a large chunk of the fanbase want the option to romance anyone and everyone, and as such felt not being able to do so is “tantamount to a slap in the face.” However, there are other fans who prefer “characters with more agency, even (and maybe especially) if it doesn’t align with their preferences.”

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The Dragon Age creator didn’t choose a side here as being right or wrong, opting to say “it depends on what you want from the game” and that “we’re not all here for the same reasons, ok?”. He then added that the “only unfortunate aspect, in my experience, is that these two approaches are more or less diametrically opposed, from a design standpoint.”

Gaider went on to observe that previous writers in the series discovered that characters had their stories limited once the became romanceable, as they were “beholden to their romance arc and their need to, ultimately, be appealing.”

Why is that a limitation? Because not all character story arcs are defined by being appealing to the player. Even if the appeal of an arc is for a relatively limited audience, the requirement of having appeal inherently restricts the potential stories to a fairly limited band.

Dragon Age: The Veilguard is scheduled for release in Fall 2024 for PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X/S.

[Source – David Gaider on X via Eurogamer]