Well, this is interesting. Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series, has been tweeting his little heart out about the third game in the series, and let slip this little detail:
Happy to confirm #ME3 supports wider options for love interests incl. same-sex for m&f chars, reactive to how you interact w/them in-game.
Hmm! The line from Bioware has always been that a same sex relationship wouldn't fit into the established parameters they'd set up for Male-Shep, something that always seemed a little hinky to most folks, I think. That makes me wonder exactly how they're going to handle this in-game; will Shepard go on a special "camping trip" with one of the crew members and end up having a very awkward conversion with Ashley, Liara, Jack, Tali, Miranda, or Kelly? Maybe he'll be hit with some experimental Reaper weapon designed to disrupt human mating habits? Seriously though, assuming this is actually about Shepard and not some other new character they're planning on introducing, I wonder if they'll address the change at all in the plot, or if it will all boil down to the idea that sometimes the future is an exciting place.
It will likely be a while before we get concrete details. Although Hudson originally claimed Mass Effect 3 would have no new love interests, another tweet implies those plans have changed. As for me, I think I'll have to see my fem-Shep through to the end, but if this pans out I'll definitely have an incentive to replay the third game, and maybe even the series, at least one more time.
Thanks to Vorpal Bunny for retweeting this.