EDMONTON, Canada (CBS Seattle) — Bioware has never been the one to shy from controversy in its titles, especially when it comes to sex. In its epic online game “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” the game maker has opened same-sex relationships for its players, but only on a single planet.
The Star Wars-based game will be receiving an expansion titled “Rise of the Hutt Cartel.” Bioware is going to allow same-sex relationships “with some NPCs on Makeb” in that expansion, according to executive producer Jeff Hickman.
An NPC stands for “non-player character,” which is a character in a video game that is controlled by the computer instead of a real person.
However, Bioware does want to include more same-sex relations in “Star Wars: The Old Republic.” Hickman says that there are technical issues that are preventing the developers on expanding on that aspect of the game.
In his developer blog, Hickman says the feature “will take a lot more work than we realized at the time and it has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play.”
Hickman stated: “As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of.”
Bioware has always been progressive when it comes to a sexual aspect in its titles. In 2007, Bioware rankled parents by including a sex scene in “Mass Effect,” and allowed a same-sex relationships but only if a player chose to play as a female.
In 2011, with the release of “Mass Effect 3,” Bioware fully allowed players to have same-sex relationships despite the gender that the player chose.
Bioware is based in Edmonton, Canada, with offices in San Francisco and Austin, Texas. They are a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts.