"Star Wars: The Old Republic" Expansion Treads Controversial Ground with All-Gay Planet

BioWare segregates entire gay NPC population of "Star Wars" to a single planet

Those of you who have played Star Wars: The Old Republic might have noticed something that stood out a bit from BioWare's other offerings--specifically, the lack of same-sex romance options, something BioWare has always been more progressive about than other developers. After all, despite what hilariously aggressive homophobes might think, gay people actually exist, and many of them like video games.


BioWare has made an... interesting step toward including same-sex relationships in The Old Republic with the upcoming Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion pack. Along with raising the level cap to 55 and adding story content, Rise of the Hutt Cartel takes place on the fabulous planet of Makeb, home to 100% of the galaxy's homosexual population.




Calling this "inelegant" is putting it mildly--it seems like BioWare has effectively segregated every gay Star Wars character to a single planet. Honestly, the thought is there, and that's what's really important. The Old Republic executive producer Jeff Hickman explained that giving LGBT characters a more natural place in the game is much more difficult than it sounds:


"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."

I'm hoping that this is just a clumsy first step for The Old Republic, and that they can eventually bring things (at least) to the level of Mass Effect, which just treats gay people like people and doesn't make a big damn deal about it.



Why yes, I did get shot down by Specialist Traynor, thanks for asking


What do you think about this? Is this a stupid solution to a very real problem, or is it just a temporary measure until BioWare works out something better?

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