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Mass Effect 3 Steps Out of the Closet with Additional Romance Options

May 16, 2011 Written by Jonathan Leack

The Mass Effect series has been a figure of attention since it came to existence in late 2007, not only because of its global acclaim, but because of its somewhat unnecessary sexual encounters. These “romantic situations” came under close scrutiny by news outlets a couple of years ago which were then used to launch a series of anti-video-game campaigns. With that said, I have a feeling the latest news from BioWare’s labratory will be a cause of  further controversy once Mass Effect 3 releases early next year.

To the surprise of many, BioWare Executive Producer Casey Hudson shared the great news via Twitter that Mass Effect 3 will include same-sex romance options. Hudson posted:

Happy to confirm #ME3 supports wider options for love interests incl. same-sex for m&f chars, reactive to how you interact w/them in-game.

Quite a few fans of the original Mass Effect were surprised, possibly even insulted, when this option wasn’t added in the second game following lots of fan feedback. As BioWare has stated, they want the series to go out in a gloriful bang, and this is one step they’ve made to ensure that everyone can enjoy the title as much as possible.

In other news, Mass Effect 3 was recently delayed from later this year into the first quarter of 2012. On the plus side, that gives BioWare additional time to make the final release of the trilogy as fun to play as possible.