Video: Gay romance an option in new Mass Effect game

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a pink background.

A first look at footage of a much-vaunted gay relationship in video game Mass Effect 3 has emerged ahead of the game’s general release tomorrow.

Bioware’s Mass Effect series charts the futuristic adventures of Systems Alliance Commander Shepard as he or she, depending on the player’s preference, tries to defeat a race of hostile machines.

A lesbian love scene was included in the first game of the series but there was no option for male characters to pursue same-sex relationships.

Star Wars: The Old Republic, a online role-playing game based in the Star Wars universe and developed by Bioware, came under fire from the Family Research Council for its plans to include a gay storyline.

In that case, Bioware had been commended for listening to the gaming community after one of the moderators on its forum reportedly told fans in 2009 that the term “gay” did not exist in the Star Wars universe.

Mass Effect 3’s executive producer Casey Hudson, told XBox360: “We wanted to take a step towards responding to some of the feedback we’d had, things people have asked for. We always do that. And to be more inclusive. So we do have same-sex relationships for male and female.”