Dragon Age: Inquisition companion Dorian is – according to writer David Gaider – the first “full gay” male character he’s written.
Gaider has since responded to criticism over the term “fully gay” on Twitter:
@thesunnyamazon Many would say, "No, it's not." But fair enough–I did not intend to comment on bisexuality, and will leave it at that.
— David Gaider (@davidgaider) July 1, 2014
Writing on the BioWare blog, Gaider introduced Dorian and said, “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 was asked if he was happy with how Dorian turned out, and replied, “I suppose this aspect of Dorian will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it. 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.”
As Eurogamer points out, Knights of the Old Republic character Juhani was written gay, but a bug allowed her to be romanced by male players while Mass Effect 3 NPCs Traynor and Cortez were both openly gay as well.
Check out Gaider’s mini-interview through the link above and let us know what you think.