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.