Humans will pack-bond with literally anything, including video game characters. BioWare's Mass Effect series, for example, is famous for letting you get into bed with a multitude of sexy aliens. Unfortunately, BioWare's upcoming MMO RPG shooter, Anthem, won't have any options to kindle romances. Everyone is going to stay friends.
"There are no romances. There are friendships," lead producer Mike Gamble told Game Informer for its Anthem cover story. "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."
Friends are indeed important to have in an untamed world filled with monsters who love to snack on human flesh, but I just feel like extra friends who double as bed-warmers are important too, you know? Especially since dangerous landscapes are always in need of a population boost. We're a disappointingly vulnerable species, aren't we?
Regardless of how I feel about the lack of Anthem's romance options (and regardless of the fact I'm still kind of miffed Mass Effect's options for Krogan romance are sub-par), at least you'll have tons of friends to count on when the game comes out on February 22. Need to borrow a cup of sugar? Need to borrow a hammer or a TV table or power sander? You're covered! Now all you need to do is keep an eye on our guide to everything you need to know about Anthem.