Bioware reveals first gay character for Dragon Age: Inquisition game

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The latest instalment of hit video game Dragon Age will feature its first prominent gay character.

LGBT characters have featured in developer Bioware’s games before but have always either been bisexual or background characters.

Dorian, on the other hand, is a character that gamers can play as or can choose to have a romantic and sexual relationship with, if they play as another male character.

The game’s writer David Gaider said: “It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where “perfection” is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden.”

“Dorian’s refusal to play along with that façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.”

Gaider admitted that Dorian’s homosexuality would make him “controversial in some corners” but continued that he “was glad to include it”.

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