Good news: the next Dragon Age will introduce Dorian, its first gay character in the series’ next installment. The bad news: Dorian, the Dragon Age: Inquisition character written by series veteran David Gaider, will be a mage.
I kid, mages are mostly alright, I guess.
But the introduction of Dorian is legitimately a progressive move for the studio, which has admirably worked to be inclusive in their games. Both Mass Effect and Dragon Age have typically offered same-sex relationships with bisexual characters.
Gaider explains why thematically he was interested in introducing Dorian:
“Dorian is gay—he is, in fact, the first fully gay character I’ve had the opportunity to write. It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where ‘perfection’ is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden. Dorian’s refusal to play along with that façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.”
Gaider says he’s aware that Dorian’s sexual orientation might be “controversial” in some corners (there’s literally no prize for being the first to complain about the game or the game industry having an agenda), but the writer says that Dorian’s story is one that’s very important to him.
Our crew had a good look at Dragon Age: Inquisition during E3. The October 7 release will be out on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
[Source: Dragon Age via Joystiq]