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April 23
2014

Dragon Age Goes Gender-Neutral!

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Dragon Age Inquisition Gender Neutral Cover Art
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Sometimes it’s the little things.

The Dragon Age series has always stood out for its “all’s fair in love and war” handling of in-game romances. It’s also infamous for featuring rendered sex scenes, gay and straight, that are seriously awkward to behold. Like its sister series Mass Effect there’s typically a less-than-subtle suggestion that, despite the freedom to build any character you want, creating a male hero is the right way to go. At least that’s how it was in the past. Developer BioWare has just released some official box art to challenge that perception.

Dragon Age: Inquisition, the latest entry in the series due out this fall, features a figure on its cover that could be any gender. The best part — the character’s gender is totally irrelevant!

Dragon Age Inquisition Gender Neutral Cover Art

When asked about the cover art choice on Twitter, creative director Mike Laidlaw replied , “an uncertain gender was absolutely intended. It’s whoever you want to roll, essentially.”

Good on you, BioWare.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is currently slated for a Fall 2014 release on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Basically every system that doesn’t contain the words “Nintendo” or “Wii.”

Refer back to this Gamespot link to see the original box art article and get more updates on Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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About Brad Baron

(Writer) Brad grew up on poorly translated JRPGS, Zelda, Crash, and Spyro. If ever a nerd there was, that nerd in fact was he. These days, he's a singer, actor, playwright, and blogger. He also fancies himself a curator of the cyberspace museum that is YouTube. He graduated Princeton University with a BA in English, just like that cute puppet in Avenue Q. When he isn't lip trilling, he's openly weeping while listening to the Ni no Kuni soundtrack or slaving away on yet another Assassin's Creed escort mission. In addition to writing for GayGamer, he frequently updates his personal blog "Mind Shuffle" and his Tumblr "Baron as in Red."

5 Responses

  1. avatar Robandres says:

    Cullen Is A Love Interest :D
    Can’t wait!!

  2. avatar Aaron T says:

    I would have thought it was a woman, myself. The shape of the torso looks very feminine. But Kudos to Bioware for leaving it open to interpretation!

  3. avatar AyeHaley says:

    I would have loved to play this on my Wii U…Not everyone has enough cash to support multiple consoles…

    a Wii, Wii U, 3DS and iPad are already a pain in the ass to buy wanted games for. :/ And now I have to get a PS4 for Batman, Dragon Age and every other high profile, awesome looking multiplat game. *sadface*

    On-topic: I hope more devs/publishers decide to make a gender-neutral boxart. There are so many female gamers who feel left out. (and us male gay gamers with all those muscular man on those covers giving us weird vibes)

  4. […] Dragon Age Goes Gender-Neutral! | Brad Baron at Gay Gamer (April 23): “Dragon Age: Inquisition… due out this fall, features a figure on its cover that could be any gender. The best part — the character’s gender is totally irrelevant!” […]

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