Mass Effect 3 will include same-sex male relationships

BioWare has confirmed it will be including same-sex romantic options for both male and female Commander Shepards in Mass Effect 3, allowing players of all sexual orientations to experience the thrill of awkward puppet love for the first time in the series.

Until now, the only way to play as a gay character aboard the Normandy has been to assume the role of a female Commander Shepard or to pretend Liara is a dude. This weekend, a tweet from Mass Effect 3's executive producer Casey Hudson announced BioWare is bucking its tradition with the trilogy capper, writing, "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."

Asked why BioWare decided to adapt its romantic strategy after all this time, Hudson said, "Our our plans evolve over time, and are guided by your feedback."

The tweet follows Friday's reveal to PC Gamer that Mass Effect 3 wouldn't introduce new potential mates, but instead give players the opportunity to continue previous flings or, depending how amorous one was beforehand, play out love triangles between competing partners.

It will be interesting to see how BioWare handles male characters' relationships, especially for those those who may have spent the first two games bedding female companions. Then again, as long as those damn Reapers are kept in check, no one should have a problem with what or whom Shepard chooses to make sweet, sweet space love with.

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  • tai0316 - May 20, 2011 4:27 a.m.

    All I care about is: Does the fact that they're not introducing new love interests mean that I will have an option to save Thane? I was hoping they'd give a side mission for it or maybe make me choose between curing the genophage and curing Thane.
  • MrGeppetto - May 18, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    Also, apologies for the earlier post (The "gayfriendly") one. I'm just reading over it for the first time, and I'm honestly not sure why I posted it in the first place. This is why sober me needs to lock drunk me off of the computer. It was a pretty irrelevant post. I'd delete it if I could.
  • MrGeppetto - May 18, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    Because, in today's society, it's still considered taboo. Fifty years ago, so was interracial marriage.
  • MrGeppetto - May 18, 2011 3:08 a.m.

    @Hank34 "All you gay friendly people?" Is that the technical term? If so, do you mind if I just adopt terms like "ignorant, gaybashing, homophobic biblethumpers?" You act as if it's "unusual" for someone to be "gay-friendly," and as if that's some miniscule minority. And, for the record, that's just as sickening to "all of us gay friendly people" as homosexuality is to you.
  • Modroneman - May 17, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    Whatever, I still hate everyone!
  • Ninjasauce404 - May 17, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    wow. this is so forced that its not even funny. let me start off by saying that i don't care what sexuality folks are. it means nothing to me. at all. BUT seeing it shoehorned into my favorite sci-fi trilogy really annoys the crap out of me. if it was included in the first 2 games then it wouldn't matter at all. but now all of a sudden in the last game shepard has the option to come out of the closet? from nowhere? what if you already had romances with the other female characters? even if you haven't, then what? are they going to make a new crew and ditch everyone's favorite characters to make room for some gay dudes and girls? wtf? so all of a sudden grunt comes out the closet or garrus? or maybe jacob? or what about thane? i understand it will be an option which is cool because i won't choose it but it will be SOOOOOOOOOO DUMB if after a huge reaper boss fight or something wrex or garrus pull shepard to the side and says, "look shepard. all these missions we've been on together and lives we saved i've been hiding something.... "well gee garrus, what have you been hiding?" " i love you shepard. I....need you." then an option comes up that says: "invite garrus to private quarters" "lets talk in a more....intimate location garrus" then a 10 sec video of two character models clipping through eachother just to cater to the gay community? to add another customization option? what? games are art man. and noone should ever have to force something into their vision to cater to ANYBODY. obviously this wasn't on there minds if it wasn't included in the first 2 GAMES. and this is going to make things feel inconsistent. and its not even an important part or game breaker but damn i just hope they handle it right. these characters kick ass and if they just change this aspect of them for no good reason its really going to take away from the story and characterization of the game which are, in my opinion, mass effects strongest points.
  • paganpoet - May 17, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    no1curr doll
  • MrSinister - May 17, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Who the hell cares? You want to add something new to me3 then fix the super dumbed down leveling system, awful plot, stupid planet scaning, and the retarded squad ai. Then I might care, alittle.
  • elchetos - May 17, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    @Hank34 I think there are a few key points being missed here... Including an option that is in no way mandatory is not "shoving it" to you, or at least it wasn't last time I checked. I think you shouldn't be worried, BioWare is not trying to make ME3 a gay factory, it's just an OPTION for those who wish to pursue that path. @anonymous321 I won't even bother, but please, keep the comments secular and your religious views to yourself.
  • inkyspot - May 17, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    They want everyone's money. Smart move marketing wise. But I think now I have to turn my male shepard into a female shepard... Nah.
  • fatguy19 - May 17, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    @Anonymous321 Consider yourself added to my fucking hypocrits statement
  • fatguy19 - May 17, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    @BellaKazza @Hank34 So you were ok with playing the games if you could be a lesbian but Now you can be Gay in mass effect 3 your disgusted by it? You Fucking Hypocrits
  • fatguy19 - May 17, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    Yay! One step closer to freeieng the world from the tyranny of religion
  • paganpoet - May 17, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    I love that most of these responses are in support, but I like watching the other side scramble. Poor dears, on the wrong side of history. Years from now, when schools teach homosexuality as an immutable characteristic (as most sane people already realize it is, and as it's defined by the American Psychological Association among other expert agencies), society will look back on you with embarassment just as we do now with racists and misogynists.
  • Tariqwahab - May 17, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    SOooo.. when are we going to c a love scene between grunt and shepard?
  • freakyfro99 - May 17, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    @Hank34 Are you serious? Blatantly hitting on you? The only character to blatantly hit on you is Anders and that's because he IS gay. He's the only blatantly gay character in the game. What did you do? You turned him down probably. Fenrir is available as a gay option too but that really isn't obvious unless you actively pursue it. You're not interested in a gay romance in your game so you closed that path off. I'm gay. I would like my character to be gay as well. When the girl characters hit on me I just turn them down. That's all you have to do. It's an RPG, if you don't want your character to be a certain way then he/she/it doesn't have to be. I really fail to understand what gets so many of you in such a huff. Are you afraid that your character will wander over to the "dark side" of homosexuality without your consent or something? Nowhere near as many of you seemed to give a damn when lesbian romances were allowed. I don't know if you realise this but there are gay guys that play games and we would enjoy it if we were able to make a character that resembled us as much as you can make one that resembles you.
  • Fusionmix - May 17, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    Oh Jaaa~aaack... who doesn't want to be in the girls' club now.... My sad and lonely renegade Fshep will be sad and lonely now more.
  • ChiChiRocket - May 17, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    @jmcgrotty Don't worry, they may argue over semantics, but it still doesn't change that their opinions are quite hurtful. If you guys are going to argue using the Bible, you may want to keep in mind that a LOT of things are "abominations." Things that are, unfortunately, getting to be generally-accepted in society are all such abominations; cheating on your significant other, lending money with interest, and oppressing the poor and vulnerable just to name a few. Just keep in mind that while you having fun using this word "abomination" because it sounds more serious, keep in mind that being hard-hearted is also one.
  • lwright86 - May 17, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    @Anonymous321 The Bible calls homosexuality an abomination in the eyes of God. Sex scenes with make-believe species is one thing but this is just flat out wrong on so many levels. Shit, let me just get this right then. So, in the eyes of God, sex between 2 men is wrong, and sex between two different species is wrong. But MAKE BELIEVE sex between two different species is fine and dandy, but MAKE BELIEVE sex between 2 men is still wrong. Wow, that's complicated. I wish God would print out a pamphlet with a spreadsheet in it or something...
  • jmcgrotty - May 17, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    CRAP! Sorry people. Browser problems. I was NOT trying to spam. If anyone can get rid of the duplicates, I'd appreciate it (not sure if the report button will do that without getting me in trouble). So big-time sorry from me.

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