By this point, most gamers are well aware of the romance stuff BioWare games have come to be known for, from Mass Effect to Dragon Age. For better or worse, improving in-game romance has become a major pillar of development over at BioWare, and at last week's GaymerX panel, the studio revealed the possibility of polyamorous and asexual relationships in future games.
While the way BioWare writes romance right now can be seen as extremely flawed for any lack of realism, the developers are considering improvements like juggling multiple partners or potentially screwing up a relationship with someone. Asexual relationships are also one of the top requested options from their fans.
The devs really have no issues with polyamorous relationships (in their games) either, but the scripting for this sort of behavior apparently conflicts with the game code, meaning polyamory remains on the drawing board. According to BioWare themselves, it's "not something we have a problem with on any level beyond the scripting."
Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider also weighed in, mentioning the possibility of failed relationships in future BioWare games. After all, relationships are tough.
"We have often talked about there's something to be said about how maybe we don't need to have romances be automatically successful [and give them] more failure conditions. You could actually fail a romance and then you'd actually need to work a little harder to get through it, and it's not just saying, 'Do you like me?' Okay, that means we're going to start the romance and we're automatically going to get to the end. That is something we've considered as well."
The asexual relationships tidbit, which you can hear about in the recording below, isn't entirely clear right now. I would assume, however, that they mean relationships not based around sex, since right now every relationship in Mass Effect and Dragon Age sort of leads up to the awkward sex scene, with the exception of Dragon Age 2's DLC character Sebastian Vael.
While I'm not personally interested in playing dating sims from BioWare, knowing their dedication to improving this particular aspect of their games should be a good thing. Romancing is here to stay, so it may as well be done properly.