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Anthem Could Get Romantic Relationships After All, Says Casey Hudson

It's what the people want, after all. 

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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.

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    June 13, 2018 5:10 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Anthem Could Get Romantic Relationships After All, Says Casey Hudson

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      June 14, 2018 4:50 AM

      Ah yeah! Bring on the sexosuits!

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      June 14, 2018 6:24 AM

      couldn't give a fuck

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      June 14, 2018 6:26 AM

      If it's cost effective and EA sees profit in it, then yeah, we will see romance. Gotta get as many people in the door for that sweet money making dlc and micro.

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      June 14, 2018 6:44 AM

      Lootbox romantic interaction. You pay money, sometimes you get something good, most times you get accused of harassment and have to put out a public relations fire on your social media feeds.

      ... and your robot won't talk to you for a week real time.

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      June 14, 2018 7:16 AM

      They should just make players try to romance each other. Send microtransaction gifts to your hearts desires. Free character shot if you get married in real life.

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      June 14, 2018 7:22 AM

      Intuitively it seems weird that a critical mass of people actually care about shit like this. I figured it'd be more for a weird, small niche. Romance is games is always executed absolutely horribly, no idea why people want more of that.

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      June 14, 2018 7:23 AM

      It's Pacific rim robots who cares

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      June 14, 2018 8:01 AM

      I'm hard pressed to think of things I care less about than this. If the game is fun no one will give a shit.

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        June 14, 2018 9:00 AM

        ive never played a game without romantic relationships and thought to myself, man this game really could have benefitted from romantic relationships

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        June 14, 2018 10:58 AM

        agreed, i just dont why they're bothering. doesnt seem worthwhile.