Bioware are known for providing players the freedom to have relationships with almost any race or gender, as proven in their Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. The studio isn’t planning to implement romance options in Anthem, however, Bioware General Manager Casey Hudson discussed the possibility in an interview with GamesBeat at E3 2018.
Hudson discussed the reason behind the team’s decision to avoid romance options in Anthem. He continued later on to reveal the impact of romance options on the Mass Effect franchise and how it is “just more in an action genre of storytelling.”
I think the expectations from a BioWare game—Mass Effect and Dragon Age, they’re quite mature-rated storylines, things like that. That was one framework for what romances were in a BioWare game. So then the question is, are there going to be romances in Anthem? We’ve been saying no, but—the nuance is, of course we do want relationships. It’s just more in an action genre of storytelling.
Of course, like with other games, we just want to see how people respond to that, and then we can build more. You might remember, with Mass Effect, Garrus was an alien that, as we developed the story—he was a kind of birdlike concept art that we eventually pulled together and shipped that game. But we didn’t know what he would really be like and what the reaction would be. It turned out that people loved Garrus so much that they wanted romances with him, so we built that into Mass Effect 2 and people loved it. That same opportunity exists here. If people really like a character and they want to spend more time with them, want a relationship with them, that’s definitely in the cards for the future.
Anthem releases on February 22nd, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.