Yeah, it sure seems so.
In the upcoming “Rise of the Hutt Cartel” expansion, players will have the option to enter into flirtatious dialog with their same-sex companions and begin same-sex romantic relationships with them. Bravo? Not when you find out they have to go to a special planet to do it!
Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer from Bioware wrote the following in a blog post:
I realise that we promised SGR (same gender relationships) to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character. Unfortunately, this will take a lot more work than we realised at the time and it (like some other pieces of content we talked about earlier in the year) has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play
Again, great and wonderful. We know that BioWare has supported same-sex relationships in the past, as witnessed in Mass Effect, in which players could have same-sex relations (And boy do we mean relations!) as far back as the first game of the trilogy (Don’t argue semantics with me, here…The Asari are chicks!). In a strange bit back-pedaling, though, Bioware has decided that, in this case, players will have to go to a special place in order to get their same-sex groove on.
The planet, named Makeb, will be the only place in the game where players will be able to make dialogue choices which could potentially lead to this, which seems to be based on pressure the developer is receiving from homophobes in the official forums. Comments like this –
Star Wars is a family-based story with nothing to do with SGR. Please, please, please Bioware do not allow SGR in Star Wars The Old Republic. It will ruin the game and make a lot of people leave it.
Are somehow able to sway these people at Bioware in to backing down.
And another thing (Thanks to my buddy girlie-hands Daniel for making this point)…NOBODY ELSE IN THE GAME SEES YOUR DIALOGUE WITH YOUR COMPANIONS! It’s part of your own personal experience and nobody is any the wiser for it. I know because I played SWTOR and when the people I played with were having dialogue with their companions, I couldn’t see squat!
So it looks like Bioware is trying to appear supportive but, as with everything else, of late, they’ve dropped the ball. HARD.
Wow…The only thing I can think to say is this…
Jump the fuck in or jump the fuck out. Don’t dangle your tootsies in the water and claim you’re swimming. “Oh, look at us, we’re supportive!” Yeah, sure Bioware. Your players can be gay anywhere they want, so long as they only ACT gay on one little planet? I facepalmed so hard I broke my own nose.