Fans were disappointed when news initially broke about romantic relationships being nixed from Anthem in favor of "friendship." BioWare is known for changing its mind on certain things here and there, though, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that BioWare's Casey Hudson is now saying something different. It turns out, if it's something that folks really want, it might end up being something added to the game at a later date.
It was just four days ago we reported the news, which spread after an interview between lead producer Mike Gamble and Game Informer. He stated that there are no "romances," only "friendships."
“There are no romances," Gamble said. "There are friendships. Some of the stuff we did with Mass Effect – the Citadel DLC specifically – there was a lot of friendship moments. You and Garrus sitting up, shooting – that kind of stuff, we want to lean into that. The romantic stuff, we’re moving away from that for Anthem.”
Now, Hudson has stated to VentureBeat that, because Anthem is a different type of game, it requires a different approach. “Of course we do want relationships”, he says, “it’s just more in an action genre of storytelling."
To clarify, Hudson says that if people end up "really liking" a character, or potentially want a relationship with them, that it "could be a part of the game in the future." He went on to use Garrus from Mass Effect as an example of how the game evolved to incorporate more of him in the game and how the team responded to what fans wanted in the past. So, you heard that, guys. If you find any of the Anthem characters "bangable," make your voices heard, and we'll see what happens.