Jade Empire

  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Year: 2005
  • Genre: RPG
  • Platform/s: Various

Jade Empire allows you to have same-gender relationships, whether you are playing as a player-character who is a man or a woman. When Jade Empire was released, this functionality was groundbreaking, but these same-gender relationships were difficult to unlock. If you do opt to pursue the man/man relationship, the screen fades to black before their final kiss in a way that one respondent to the Queer Representation (2016) survey felt was quite jarring and obvious. That same respondent said that the woman/woman romance with Dawn Star was their favourite representation of sexuality in games because it does not have the oversexualisation of their sexuality that many other games feature.

One negative that a respondent highlighted regarding this game is the fact that a man player-character can romance both Dawn Star and Silk Fox and convince them to have a threesome, but this type of option is unavailable when playing as a woman player-character.