The online game Star Wars: The Old Republic will introduce same sex relationships in a new downloadable content package. However, these romances can only be pursued on one planet.
The new Rise of the Hutt Cartel pack will introduce a planet called Makeb, a place where players can exchange “flirtatious” dialogue and actions with characters of the same gender. According to the International Business Times, this is the only planet where such exchanges can take place.
BioWare executive producer Jeff Hickman said in a recent statement:
“First of all, I want to apologize that this is taking so long to get in the game. I realise that we promised [same gender relationships] 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 realised at the time and it 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.”
Although same gender relationships are now part of the Star Wars: The Old Republic experience, a lot of people are upset that these characters have been segregated from the rest of the game’s population.
According to Ad Week, supports of same-sex relationships have stated that BioWare is essentially creating a “gay ghetto” by forcing players to carry out such relationships in one particular area.
The website also points out that those who oppose the addition of same-sex relationships The Old Republic think developers should spend more time creating new content for everyone to enjoy. BioWare has yet to address the backlash as of this writing.
Do you play Star Wars: The Old Republic? What do you think about same-sex relationships being contained to one “gay planet?”