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Same-Gender Love Coming to SW: TOR After Launch

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Despite previous comments, Star Wars: The Old Republic will allow same-gender relationships after the MMOG is finally launched.

Stephen Reid, BioWare's senior online community manager for Star Wars: The Old Republic, recently stated that "same gender romances with companion characters" will be added after the MMOG launches at the end of the year.

That's a seemingly 180-degree turn after the MMO's producer Cory Butler previously confirmed that the relationships will not be available to players. Even community manager Sean Dahlberg said that the terms "gay" and "lesbian" do not exist in the Star Wars universe. "As I have stated before, these are terms that do not exist in Star Wars. Thread closed," Dahlberg stated.

But according to Reid, same gender romances with companion characters in Star Wars: The Old Republic will be a post-launch feature.

"Due to the design constraints of a fully voiced MMO of this scale and size, many choices had to be made as to the launch and post-launch feature set," he said on the official SW:TOR forum. "Because The Old Republic is an MMO, the game will live on through content expansions which allow us to include content and features that could not be included at launch, including the addition of more companion characters who will have additional romance options."

BioWare is still shooting to get the Star Wars MMO out the door by the end of the year, but there's talk that the game won't be done until early 2012. Electronic Arts CFO Eric Brown made this revelation at this year's Citi Tech Conference, echoing familiar words that PC gamers have grown accustomed to hearing since the early days of id Software's Quake: we're not done until it's done.

"We have a date set internally [for calendar Q4], with a lot of assumptions around it," he said. "We're not done until we're done. … We're not going to know with enough certainty to publicly announce a release date."

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    Thunderfox , September 15, 2011 10:24 AM
    "I see your Schwartz is as big as mine. Now let's see how well you handle it."
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    SoiledBottom , September 15, 2011 11:25 AM
    Part 2

    Luke and OBI get there ship with no trouble and everyone has a fabulous time
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    SoiledBottom , September 15, 2011 11:21 AM
    I can see it now

    George Lucas's next digital remix of Star Wars

    Bar scence....female patrons wearing flannel shirts with sleve's cut off and wallets with chains on them and male patrons dressed as assorted village people
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  • 25 Hide
    Thunderfox , September 15, 2011 10:24 AM
    "I see your Schwartz is as big as mine. Now let's see how well you handle it."
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    alidan , September 15, 2011 11:06 AM
    looks like yet another game where i will be playing female.

    honestly, same sex relationships are so much more interesting than opposite ones, but thats probably because im so SICK of the drama that opposite sex one have that is easily resolved with very little thought... at least in fiction, at least same sexed ones the drama doens't always have that easily solvable solution.
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    SoiledBottom , September 15, 2011 11:21 AM
    I can see it now

    George Lucas's next digital remix of Star Wars

    Bar scence....female patrons wearing flannel shirts with sleve's cut off and wallets with chains on them and male patrons dressed as assorted village people
  • 16 Hide
    SoiledBottom , September 15, 2011 11:25 AM
    Part 2

    Luke and OBI get there ship with no trouble and everyone has a fabulous time
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    Jazzmain , September 15, 2011 11:51 AM
    Since Star Wars is somewhat based off an Roman society architecture I'm pretty sure that same sex was going on then
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    stingstang , September 15, 2011 11:53 AM
    GoldenGooseIs it really that big of a request from gamers for same sex relationships? Suppose it shows what type of fans will be playing this game if they have the majority vote ^^

    It's not about who's playing the game. It's not even about playing the game as a homosexual character. It's about the OPTION to do so. It's about the variety of different gameplay. It's evolution, that thing Christian's don't like.
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    back_by_demand , September 15, 2011 11:59 AM
    I suppose it had to happen eventually, even though it's nothing new, I remember a lesbian kiss in Enter The Matrix and even trying it on with same-sex neighbours in The Sims.

    And to all those who are freaking out about this, also realise that these are not real people, and even if they were they are also ALIENS.
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    killerclick , September 15, 2011 12:05 PM
    I will never play this game. Not because of homo stuff but because I don't play MMOs. I want another KOTOR, single player, with actual voice acting, story and content.
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    killerclick , September 15, 2011 12:07 PM
    GoldenGooseIs it really that big of a request from gamers for same sex relationships? Suppose it shows what type of fans will be playing this game if they have the majority vote ^^


    They don't have to have a majority vote. Besides there are already gay relationships in Dragon Age (also by Bioware) so it's not a big deal that would require any special requests.
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    Parrdacc , September 15, 2011 12:35 PM
    Based on the forums for swtor, most really did not care one way or the other, but those that wanted the option kept bringing it up and making subtle remarks towards discrimination. Never mind that they had more important things to deal with what with beta and all that or most with a brain knew they would put in the option sooner or later anyway. Those who wanted the option just could not wait is all. If it is not in by the end of beta I bet they yell discrimination yet again.
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    drwho1 , September 15, 2011 12:41 PM
    I won't play star war games but I won't play any gay games either.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2011 1:02 PM
    How long until human-tauntaun relationships?
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2011 1:07 PM
    >I won't play star war games but I won't play any gay games either.

    Hmm, by a similar logic: You are a human. Some humans are gay. Do you therefore not want to be a human? Off you go and top yourself, then. :) 
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2011 1:21 PM
    Once again the minority wins and BW is almost forced to waste precious development hours on f@ggotry...

    User stingstang, how is fudge packing another man evolution?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 15, 2011 1:27 PM
    Oh, come on, people... now you're just being homophobic or whatever it is called in your "politically correct" countries :D 

    MY point is that it doesn't make sense to add same-sex relationships in the game universes where they were never present, because it feels exactly like "being politically correct" - saying or doing something you don't mean just out of fear to be punished/looked down upon. Star Wars? Precisely that... Mass Effect 3? Also falls under that category... Dragon Age? At least there, they were present from the start and ONE dialogue option dismissed them for the rest of the game, so it was acceptable. Otherwise, keep it away from the majority...

    Wait, I've got an idea. Why don't they release such things as DLC so that only people who're interested in it will get it? The article might be suggesting exactly that by saying that it will be released after the launch.
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    hoofhearted , September 15, 2011 1:33 PM
    Less than 5% of the population is gay, yet DA2 was probably 50% gay oriented. Some small minority of people are so vocal about discrimination and political correctness crap, now we end up with gay games.
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    stingstang , September 15, 2011 1:46 PM
    Holy crap... These aren't GAY GAMES! Why are you putting a label on games strictly for part of their content? Are you all so narrow-minded that you can't look past a simple (optional) part of specific gameplay?
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    stingstang , September 15, 2011 1:50 PM
    mrTHX2249Once again the minority wins and BW is almost forced to waste precious development hours on f@ggotry...User stingstang, how is fudge packing another man evolution?

    Gameplay evolution, as in more diverse content in all areas of the game. Come on, give me more credit than that...
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