Dorian the Mage will set new ground when he debuts in BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition on October 10th.
BioWare writer David Gaider describes Dorian as the first fully gay character I've had the opportunity to write”, adding:
It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where ‘perfection' is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden. Dorian's refusal to play along with that faade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.
I suppose this aspect of Dorian will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it. It made writing Dorian a very personal experience for me, and I'm hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realized character to fans in the end.”
The game's Facebook page also confirmed that Dorian will be a love interest for male Inquisitors.
Eurogamer adds that there have been two other ‘fully gay' characters in previous BioWare games – female party member Juhani in Knights of the Old Republic, and Mass Effect 3's Samantha Traynor/Steve Cortez, who were both non-party members.