Developers Reveal LGBT-Inclusive Video Game Sequel Will Feel 'Familiar'

By Patrick Yacco

Originally published on Advocate.com December 22 2013 2:49 PM ET

Aaron Flynn, General Manager of video game developer BioWare, tweeted on Wednesday that the company's upcoming volume of Mass Effect will be "fresh, but familiar."

Flynn's comment that the upcoming sequel will feel "familiar" should excite LGBT fans of the series as the game's previous chapter, Mass Effect 3, expanded players' ability to "romance" characters of the same gender. Though this option caused some backlash, BioWare mostly received praise for embracing diversity and furthering LGBT visibility in video games.

The studio has also recently released a number of mystery photographs, mostly focusing on the staff's work on the game. No firm details have been announced, but Flynn tweeted that more information will be revealed in 2014.

First released in 2007, Mass Effect tells the story of heroic Commander Shepard's fight against an alien race called The Reapers. In total, the trilogy of games has been a critical and financial hit. Over ten million copies have been sold collectively, and fans eagerly await the next chapter.  

Take a look at two of the groundbreaking scenes from Mass Effect 3 in the clips below.

Contributor: 
Patrick Yacco