Bioware is apparently planning to introduce same-sex relationships within The Old Republic Star Wars MMORPG, but Family Research is up in arms over the issue. Family Research is a nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C., and claims itself to be “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power.” Family Research has issued a statement condemning Bioware’s use of homosexuality in the Star Wars gaming universe.
A representative for Family Research came out to say the following below in a public broadcast:
“In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists! Hello, I’m Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side. The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships. Bioware, the company that developed the game, said it’s launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints. That surprised a lot of gamers, since Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that “gay” and “lesbian” don’t exist in the Star Wars universe. Since the announcement, homosexuals have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren’t. On the game’s website, there are more than 300 pages of comments–a lot of them expressing anger that their kids will be exposed to this Star Warped way of thinking. You can join them by logging on and speaking up. It’s time to show companies who the Force is really with”
We found out that back in 2009, the issue of homosexuality within The Old Republic first arose when community forum users noticed that the words “gay, lesbian, and homosexual” were all censored when they were typed in forum threads. A Bioware community manager would soon reply to questions regarding the matter to state that “Gay and lesbian are terms that do not exist in Star Wars. Thread Closed.” Well it looks like Bioware may be changing that stance as they made the below statement regarding same gender relationships in games:
“Due to the design constraints of a fully voiced MMO of this scale and size, many choices had to be made as to the launch and post-launch feature set. Same gender romances with companion characters in Star Wars: The Old Republic will be a post-launch feature. Because The Old Republic is an MMO, the game will live on through content expansions which allow us to include content and features that could not be included at launch, including the addition of more companion characters who will have additional romance options.”
As it stands, same-sex relationships are not available in the game just yet as Bioware said this would be a post-launch feature, and we will keep you apprised if any news arises regarding a response from Bioware. Check out YouTube video below for the actual audio comment by Family Research representative Tony Perkins.