Star Wars gamers pay to play gay on just one planet far, far away

New extension on MMORPG will segregate same-sex relationships to planet Makeb

Star Wars gamers pay to play gay on just one planet far, far away
16 January 2013

A Star Wars game is offering players a chance to play gay, but for a price and only on one planet.

Star Wars: The Old Republic players have been as furious because they are unable to play a homosexual character.

But in a new expansion, titled The Rise of the Hutt Cartel, wannabe Jedis will now be able to pay for access to a homo-haven planet.

Called Makeb, it will be the only place in the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) where you will be able to pursue a gay romance.

Jeff Hickman, executive producer of game developer BioWare, apologized for the delay.

‘I realize that we promised SGR (same gender romance) to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character,’ he said.

Hickman said while ‘allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of,’ it took a lot more work than he realized at the time.

In the game launched in 2011 where nearly every interaction is voice acted, there are ten men and ten women who can be ‘romanced’. However they are all straight.

The new extension will not turn any of them bisexual or gay, but place some homosexual non-playing characters on Makeb.

This means many are fearing the gay romances will not be as developed as straight ones, will only exist behind a paywall and for high-level characters only.

On PCGamesN, Steve Hogarty described the ‘gay planet’ as a ‘jarring stop-gap that only serves as a testament to the existing in-game sexual inequality’.

He said: ‘At worst, it suggests BioWare don’t understand the concerns of those fans who want to play the game according to their own identities, that they see “SGR” as additional or surplus to the regular game rather than something that should sit quietly and seamlessly alongside heterosexual dialogue options from the outset.

‘SGR shouldn’t be a feature. It shouldn’t be a dirty fling on a remote planet. It shouldn’t be an acronym. It should just be.’

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