Same-sex relationships on Makeb, Star Wars: The Old Republic- Rise of the Hutt Cartel

Disappointed by the lack of same-sex relationship options in Star Wars: The Old Republic, particularly given Bioware’s inclusion of such options in Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Jade Empire, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, fans called on the company to bring these options to the MMORPG. As a bit of a compromise, the company added NPCs who would be available for romancing by male and female player-characters to the planet Makeb, which was only available in the “Rise of the Hutt Cartel” expansion pack. This was a controversial decision, first because some players were opposed to the addition of same-sex romance options at all. Second, other players felt that adding this to a portion of the game only available to players who could afford the expansion pack and only on one planet was tantamount to segregating the potential homosexual and bisexual content.

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