Dragon Age senior writer David Gaider, who also penned the game's prequel novels, has come to the defense of the studio's decision to include same-sex romances in its games. Gaider posted in the BioWare Forums that as long as game romances "of any kind are optional" (and need to be actively pursued by the player), advocating against content a player doesn't intend to interact with is "largely pointless."

"I would hope that some folks could be sensitive enough to be happy for those players [pursuing same-sex romance]," he concluded, "at the very least out of the selfish notion that they may one day end up in the minority of some content issue and receive the same consideration if nothing else."

So, it would appear BioWare's Dragon Age team is taking an open approach to sexuality in the sequel (just as it did in the first game). However, when it comes to same-sex romance between males in BioWare games, there's still a big question surrounding the company's intergalactic RPG franchise: Will Commander Shepard, who has been denied bromomance (alien or not) thus far, finally be allowed to explore a man's touch in the trilogy's dramatic conclusion?

This article was originally published on Joystiq.