Dragon Age: Inquisition to Get Gay Male Party Member

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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Dragon Age: Inquisition | oprainfall

Excellent news for those hoping to see more LGBTQ representation in video games: Bioware is going to have its first gay male party member in the upcoming game Dragon Age: Inquisition. That character will be Dorian, a mage from the Tevinter Imperium who forsake his wealthy life to root out corruption. He also sports a nifty mustache.

This will be a first for Bioware. While there have been gay characters in their past, they were not often playable, as in the case of Steve Cortez in Mass Effect 3. Or, it has been argued, that they were females placed there for the male gaze. In an interview David Gaider, the character lead series writer for the game, wanted to point out that this was different from having a bisexual character.

Dragon Age: Inquisition - Dorian | oprainfall

He used the term “fully gay” to illustrate this. Though he received some flak for the term, he quickly apologized by stating that some people would argue that bisexual characters are gay. Gaider wanted to be clear that Dorian was strictly homosexual and not make a comment on bisexuality.

“I suppose this aspect of Dorian will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it.” David Gaider added, “It made writing Dorian a very personal experience for me, and I’m hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realized character to fans in the end.”

Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out on October 7, 2014 and will be available for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.


About Antonin Kořenek

Antonin has been playing video games since before he could read. Once he did, he fell in love with their stories and worlds. He spends most of his gaming time with either story-based or strategy games. As an aspiring novelist, he blames games like Earthbound and Final Fantasy Tactics for getting him started. Antonin graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI with a degree in English Literature. When not gaming, he can be found reading, obsessing over something on Twitter, or researching strange folklore.

  • Axle_Magnum

    Eh, didn’t really warrant headline news, honestly. He’ll just be another character, that’s all that people should care about,

  • As a pretty devoted social justice warrior, I have to agree with Axle_Magnum. More diversity is fantastic, but the way Bioware has rolled this out is incredibly weird. Like, you want a gold fucking star? Imagine if a film director or a novelist came out and said “Guess what, everyone! In our next project, we’re going to have a GAY CHARACTER!!!!!”

    • Axle_Magnum

      My honest reaction to this was “He’s gay, whoopdedoo. Just don’t make him too gay to function.”

    • “too gay to function”

      I have no idea what you mean by that, but it sounds pretty offensive.

    • Axle_Magnum

      It’s a Mean Girls reference, I’m guessing you didn’t pick that up.

    • Nope! Guess it’s one of my cultural blind spots, haha

    • Axle_Magnum

      I don’t think it would’ve been wise to go from not caring to being offensive, in my opinion. And don’t worry about it, it’s fine. It was just a quote that I had remembered because of the article.

    • Antonin Kořenek

      Did I miss a post from Bioware about it? The only mention that I noticed was in the character profile interview thing, in which it’s only mentioned twice. That doesn’t seem too weird to me, but I might be missing something. It seems like everyone else is making a big deal about it. Personally, I think it’s news… maybe not headline news kinda news, but news.

    • Maybe it’s the fault of games journalism, then. Which is in no way surprising.

    • HAIL9000

      I think that’s definitely the case. David Gaider actually addressed this issue on Twitter, I don’t think they meant it to be the debacle it became:


      It’s also odd because they previously announced that Sera (another DA:I party member) would be a female exclusive romance option in a similarly nonchalant fashion and it didn’t receive this kind of coverage.

    • Tyler Lubben

      I already mentioned this in the Facebook thread, but I don’t think that comparison is totally true. In Bioware games especially, people are going to want to know how they can sleep with. Maybe that isn’t the kind of game you play, but a lot of others do care about the social/romantic side of the game, so sexual orientation IS important in that respect.

  • Thanatos2k

    So? They’ve had them before.

  • Goose

    Please don’t devolve into the next kotaku.

  • bf313

    One more article like this and i’m done with this website, i’m pretty sure i’m not the only one that doesn’t want another gaming news website filled with clickbait and social justice lectures.

    • Goose

      Gaming journalism is turning into such a massive joke. I thought oprainfall was an exception focusing on niche games but I guess there’s always going to be individuals thinking that it’s okay to shove sjw shit down everyones throats.

  • WCM

    Great. Bioware is continuing to try to shove a social agenda down my throat. I won’t be purchasing any more of their games.