Dragon Age: Inquisition will offer more dynamic romances

Tuesday, 15th April 2014 10:50 GMT By Dave Owen

BioWare is evolving how romantic relationships will work in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Whereas previous games have offered only one kind of romance, Inquisition will allow you to end up falling for your heated rival, or fooling around with a friend.


The news comes out of PAX East, as reported by attendee LadyInsanity. Players will, of course, be able to fall in love in a more traditional manner.

UPDATE: LadyInsanity has been in touch to clarify some of the comments here. In a separate post she says:

“Not hinting Varric romance at all. The examples there are reasons why Hawke or the Warden romance (or rather, buddy up wtih) other characters: affection, humor (similarly to how buddy buddy Varric is with Hawke), or painstaking affection (rivalry). They were just examples used to preface what romances mean to people.”

“Your possible relationships in Inquisition will vary, depending on character. However, your romance experiences will not fall under a numbered restriction of relationship conditions as simple as affection, humor, or rivalry.”

BioWare also confirmed that series mainstay Cullen will be a potential love interest, as well as Dragon Age 2′s seeker Cassandra Pentaghast. There will be nine companions altogether, and BioWare is remaining relatively tight-lipped about who they will be.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is due for release on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC sometime this autumn.

Thanks, Eurogamer.



  1. Typical Timing

    I wish they’d stop bringing up this crap.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Luciferous

    @Typical Timing What ‘crap’ are you talking about? Trying to include way to further the relationships between characters in a character driven, narrative heavy game?

    If you don’t like it, then don’t come on to any of the characters, or if it bothers you that much go play something else when DAI comes out.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Obernox

    Varric! that sexy, sexy dwarf.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Typical Timing

    @Luciferous I just wish they would present something that actual resembles a real relationship if they’re going to make such a big deal about it every couple of weeks. Not just “oh you gave me a few gifts, I think we should bang now”.

    By the sounds of it the fact that they are broadening the spectrum of relationships (i.e. get it on with anybody) just means that they will be even more generalized.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Moonwalker1982

    Really looking forward to seeing more footage of this game. So far it seems to be aiming for the right direction, which is far away from Dragon Age 2.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. mightyhokie

    I agree. Honestly, had DA2 come out without there ever having been Origins it would have been considered an awesome game. But since Origins was SOOOOOOOO awesome that DA2 really paled by comparison. Sort of like Bioshock and Bioshock 2…had there been no original Bioshock then 2 would have been one of the greatest games ever. But the first was was so mind bending that there was no where to go but down.
    I was very disappointed that DA2 had one static approach. They def seem to have learned their lesson. I hope. =p

    #6 8 months ago
  7. ij 44

    @mightyhokie Neither were awesome – as video games they were shit, and this will be shitter still. I don’t buy video games to have a fucking relationship.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Doc Robotnik

    @Typical Timing “oh you gave me a few gifts, I think we should bang now”

    Like a real relationship, then?


    #8 8 months ago
  9. Doc Robotnik

    @ij 44 What do you buy them for, to shoot things?

    Games are a vast spectrum of unique experiences. Being able to interact with NPCs in different, more complex ways is a good thing.

    Most of the time the relationship thing is entirely optional, especially in Bioware games. You simply avoid the chat threads that are obviously designed to cultivate a relationship.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. dazedonthemoon

    @Typical Timing
    Did we read two different things. What they are talking about is evolving it from their previous games relationship system, not just you can fall for anyone. They want it to be more natural. Which is why the mentioned rivals and friends. Not that you just fall for the person who is your rival, but a more natural realistic way where you slowly start falling because of how close your relationship is with someone you are competing with.

    #10 8 months ago
  11. PSOCecil

    Because Bioware is awful at having actual gameplay in their games anymore, this is all they talk about. The ability to bang anyone. BiowarEA, pushing the industry forward. They aren’t even that good at writing, anymore.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. Darkfield

    @PSOCecil Romance =/= Sex! Although sex may be the ultimate goal for most. I’m not particularly a BioWare fan atm but statements like yours re utter hilarious.

    #12 8 months ago
  13. Moonwalker1982


    Origins was awesome, except its combat. It’s not that it was terrible, but it just was not for me. I need to be able to swing that sword myself, move around when i want, realtime basically. It’s because of the combat that i never finished it.

    #13 8 months ago
  14. Vice

    Yes yes, more faggots. Nobody ever doubted they gonna pull this shit here too.

    #14 8 months ago
  15. FlyBoogy

    Yes that is why I love Origina… :S

    #15 8 months ago

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