BioWare: Putting Same-Sex Romance Into The Old Republic 'Will Take A Lot More Work Than We Realized'

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In September, 2011, the folks behind online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic promised to add same-sex romance after the game had launched.

Today, in January of 2013, same-sex romance still isn't in the game. This has made quite a few The Old Republic players angry. They've been petitioning and writing angry posts on developer BioWare's forums for the past few months.

So in a new blog post that answers some frequently-asked questions about The Old Republic, BioWare's executive producer Jeff Hickman addresses the issue (among others):

Topic #4: Same Gender Romance: Any news on this front would be great… Answer: First of all, I want to apologize that this is taking so long to get in the game. I realize that we promised SGR 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 realized 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. As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of.

Secondly, I want to reveal today that we are adding SGR with some NPCs on Makeb and do intend on pursuing more SGR options in the future. More details to come!

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Alright, I have a question here: why is same-gender romance, much less any kind of romance, necessary in this game? I'm asking an honest question, not trolling or anything along those lines. What does it add to the game?

Also, last I checked, Jedi were not allowed to marry or have romantic relationships, or does this not apply since it takes place so many years before the films? Or rather, do you not even play as Jedi in this game? I apologize for not being up to speed on the game and the expanded universe of the series. I'm not that big of a Star Wars fan though I do generally enjoy the franchise.