The Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion will give players the option to pursue a gay love story for the first time, though the Jedi-on-Jedi action will initially be restricted to characters not controlled by the player. Guess they’re really going for the true-to-life factor on that one.
SWTOR Executive Producer Jeff Hickman offered some more insight with his “State of the Game” address:
First of all, I want to apologize that this is taking so long to get in the game. I realize that we promised SGR to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character.
Unfortunately, this will take a lot more work than we realized at the time and it (like some other pieces of content we talked about earlier in the year) has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play. As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of.
Secondly, I want to reveal today that we are adding SGR with some NPCs on Makeb and do intend on pursuing more SGR options in the future. More details to come!
Of course there was some backlash when news first broke that SWTOR and fellow RPG Mass Effect 3 were gaying up their virtual universes, but that was countered by a petition featuring over 60,000 signatures thanking Electronic Arts for putting the joy back in joystick. Now other games, such as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will include gay characters and storylines, and maybe even same-sex weddings.
We’ve certainly come a long way from the pioneering efforts of that pink powderpuff power-bottom Kirby and Mario’s perpetual bachelor brother Luigi, haven’t we?