As you go through saving one world or galaxy at a time, have you ever stopped to think: “Man, I wish my character would have a significant other to help them out in this adventure”? Well, worry not: we have a list of games that would scratch that amorous itch.
Note: the games are listed not in a ranked order and provide a choice from at least two suitors in addition to the epic story and gameplay. The romances in the list are optional choices and are not pre-scripted at the beginning of the game.
Do you have any questions or suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!
If you prefer simulators, we have a separate list just for you.
Mass Effect series
In Bioware’s Mass Effect series, players take on the role of Commander Shepard – who can be a male or female – a soldier of the human Alliance. Under your control, Shepard will turn into the best fighter and the icon of the galaxy.
Heart-pounding action meets gripping interactive storytelling where you decide how your unique story unfolds. Assemble and lead your team aboard the SSV Normandy, the most advanced ship in the galaxy, and travel to distant and unexplored star systems. On your journey, meet a cast of intriguing characters each with their own story to tell.
Mass Effect features save-import technology that allows the decision you have made in the first game to be carried to the second and then to third, sometimes having lasting consequences.
The continuation of the trilogy, Mass Effect: Andromeda, is set in a whole different galaxy with its own challenges. Like finding a new home for 100,000 human and alien colonists stuck in cryo-stasis back on the main station while everything goes to hell.
Play as the Pathfinder – a leader of a squad of military-trained explorers. As you unfold the mysteries of the Andromeda Galaxy and the hope for humanity lies on your shoulders – You must ask yourself… How far will you go?
Dragon Age series
Journey into the world of Thedas in Dragon Age. Discover new adventures full of striking characters, powerful magic, and rich storytelling. Meet an incredible number of Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Qunari in a realm where every decision you make echoes across history.
In the trying times of Thedas, your characters would need backup. A cast of people from various backgrounds will come to your aid and will be fighting by your side on the battlefield… as long as you can keep them from leaving your party.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven open world RPG set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. You play as professional monster hunter Geralt of Rivia tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.
Besides being able to explore his personal history with Yennefer of Vengerberg and Triss Merigold, Geralt has a handful of opportunities on the side. Check out the Nexus for a variety of fan-made mods!
As the sole survivor of Vault 111, you enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours. Only you can rebuild and determine the fate of the Wasteland. Welcome home.
Do whatever you want in a massive open world with hundreds of locations, characters, and quests. Join multiple factions vying for power or go it alone, the choices are all yours.
Explore uncharted new lands as you set foot on a remote island seeping with magic, and filled with riches, lost secrets, and fantastic creatures. Delve into a mysterious world of magic – begin a grand journey and uncover ancient secrets protected by supernatural beings, manifestations of the island’s earthly magic. Forge this new world’s destiny, as you befriend or betray companions and entire factions. With diplomacy, deception and force, become part of a living, evolving world – influence its course and shape your story.
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
The first Pillars of Eternity lets your Watcher in on one of the darkest secrets of Eora. PoE2: Deadfire takes place several years after the events of the first game, and you have a rogue God on your hands. With your character’s soul being woven into the deity, you have no choice but to lead your ship on a dangerous voyage of discovery across the vast unexplored archipelago region of the Deadfire.
Bend the world to your will, as you explore the depths of infinite possibilities, including detailed character customization, total freedom of exploration, and more meaningful choices at every turn – that includes romances, of course!
Divinity: Original Sin 2
True to its name, Divinity: Original Sin 2 allows players to embark on a divine journey and become a God! Gather your party and develop relationships with your companions. Blast your opponents in deep, tactical, turn-based combat. Use the environment as a weapon, use height to your advantage, and manipulate the elements themselves to seal your victory.
Also, there is an Undead companion you can get closer with. How does it work?.. That is for me to know and for you to find out!
Explore the Stolen Lands, a region that has been contested territory for centuries. Hundreds of kingdoms have risen and fallen in these lands, and now it is time for you to make your mark—by building your own kingdom! To do so, you’ll need to survive the harsh wilderness and the threat of rival nations… as well as threats within your own court.
Pathfinder: Kingmaker has been extensively enhanced with updates by the developers since its initial launch.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
SW: KotOR & SW: KotOR 2 tell the stories of Revan and the Jedi Exile respectively in an era roughly four thousand years the rise of the Galactic Empire. The choices you make influence the lives of those around you, and when faced with the ultimate decision, will you bring hope to the Jedi and the Republic or will you condemn the galaxy to centuries of rule under the Sith?
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Perhaps the most story-driven out of MMORPGs out there, Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic features branching narrative, a choice of faction, race, gender and class for your PC, character alignments, class-specific stories, housing and, of course, romanceable companions.
Check out the game’s CGI compilation video. If it does not fill you with those Star Wars vibes, I do not know what possibly can.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
The previous installment in Assassin’s Creed series, Odyssey, allows players to choose their protagonist between badass Kassandra and tough lad Alexios and take them on an epic adventure across the gorgeous sun-kissed planes of Ancient Greece with the chance of getting to know some gorgeous sun-kissed Ancient Greeks a bit closer.
Political intrigues, sea-faring, mythological creatures and more will await you in Odyssey.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
The latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla allows players to become Eivor, a mighty Viking raider who can be male or female, and lead your clan from the harsh shores of Norway to a new home amid the lush farmlands of ninth-century England. Explore a beautiful, mysterious open world where you’ll face brutal enemies, raid fortresses, build your clan’s new settlement, and forge alliances to win glory and earn a place in Valhalla.
England in the age of the Vikings is a fractured nation of petty lords and warring kingdoms. Beneath the chaos lies a rich and untamed land waiting for a new conqueror. Will it be you?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim reimagined and revolutionized the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you chose. Beloved by fans (and the modding community) Skyrim is a game you can lose yourself into for countless hours.
By purchasing the amulet of Mara, Skyrim allows you to marry a variety of NPCs. The Dragonborn can also get a house (the game has a bunch of them) and adopt certain children, who in turn might ask you for a pet.
While the game is now 8 years old (wow, has it really been that long?), it can be modded extensively in terms of textures, graphics, and even gameplay.
This award-winning action RPG from Bioware puts players into the role of an aspiring martial-arts master and follow the path of the open palm or the closed fist. Your choices and actions will determine the fate of the entire Jade Empire – and your companions/love interests. Will you prevent the destruction of this beautiful land, or will you crush it beneath your heel? Are you a warrior who uses his strength and fighting mastery to bring peace, or will you instead use your power to bring pain and ruin?
Spellforce 3: Soul Harvest
Soul Harvest is the first major stand-alone story-driven DLC for RTS/RPG mix Spellforce 3. When the Queen calls you, a disgraced General, back to your homeland, you’re plunged in a war on many fronts: While a hatemonger threatens to tear apart the Dwarven realm, an enigmatic cult of Dark Elves harvests the souls of people for reasons unknown.
You will get to lead a varied group of people of different races and beliefs, and there is a chance to get to know some of them better in the quiet moments away from a battlefield.
Baldur’s Gate I & II
Bioware’s classic, Baldur’s Gate series takes place in the fantasy world of Forgotten Realms. In 2012 the series was revitalized with Enhanced editions to work better with the current platforms and even on the iOS and Android devices.
The entirety of the series offers a dozen different romanceable characters. Eight for male protagonists and six for female ones, ten offer opposite-sex relationships and four offer same-sex relationships. Check out the Wiki page to learn everything there is about romances!
Next project from creators of the Witcher series, CDProjekt RED, takes us to the future. If you had expected it to be a bright one, I have bad news for you… However, under the neon signs of Night City, there is an opportunity for romance.
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
Developer Owlcat Games announced the second game in the Pathfinder RPG series: Wrath of the Righteous. As the game aims to be bigger, better and more epic than its predecessor, Kingmaker (also featured in this list), it will feature new romantic adventures for the protagonist to go on as well. The Kickstarter stretch & social goals saw the addition of two new romances with the party members as well as the possibility to purse badass paladin queen Galfrey.
While not a direct sequel to the events of Pathfinder: Kingmaker, the previous project of the studio, the game will keep to the classic CRPG genre expand and elaborate on the gameplay elements that defined Kingmaker. Wrath of the Righteous tells the story of a large-scale conflict between mortals and demons where players are invited to immerse themselves in a world under siege from demonic forces. As a vicious invasion threatens the world, the consequences of one’s decisions will forge a unique narrative of their personal battle between good and evil.
Upcoming Games That Will Have Romance Options
Created by a team of ex-Bioware developers, The Waylanders is a classic group management RPG. Featuring innovative and tactical combat system, the game brings to life the legends of the once flourishing Celtic cultures. The Waylanders will provide players an engaging narrative featuring impactful character development, unique companion romance options, and a deeply technical combat system. Are you a Waylander?
Dragon Age: The Dread Wolf Rises
Presented during The Game Awards 2018, Dragon Age: The Dread Wolf Rises is currently in the works at BioWare. There are currently no details or even an estimated release date, but considering Bioware’s list of titles, the romances are more than likely.
As comes from the name, the events of the game will follow those of Dragon Age: Inquisition and will feature Solas, one of Inquisition’s companions. According to Kotaku, one of the early prototypes of the game had players assume the role of an agent in Tevinter Imperium. It is unknown if it stays true for the reboot.
Baldur’s Gate III
Gather your party for a tale of fellowship and betrayal, sacrifice and survival, and the lure of absolute power. Abducted, infected, lost… You are turning into a monster, drawn from a Mind Flayer parasite planted in your brain, but as the corruption inside you grows, so too does your power. That power may help you to survive, but there will be a price to pay. More than any ability, the bonds of trust that you build within your party could be your greatest strength. Caught in a conflict between devils, deities, and sinister otherworldly forces, you will determine the fate of the Forgotten Realms together. Resist and turn darkness against itself — or embrace corruption and become the ultimate evil.
The Next Mass Effect
During The Game Awards 2020, the developers from Bioware have pulled a sneaky one and announced the next installment into the Mass Effect universe, proudly being #1 on this very list. The team has also posted a blog post on the official site, promising a lot more in store for the Mass Effect universe.
When’s the game coming? We don’t know. What’s it going to be about? We don’t know. What galaxy is it even going to be in?! Well, we don’t really know – the trailer hints at the Milky Way, but the developers also tease Andromeda.
But we know Bioware, and because of that, we are sure that whenever and wherever the events of the game will be taking place, there will be an opportunity for romance.
Maybe, Maybe Not
I am not going to lie to you: we don’t know if there are going to be romances in the few following games, although my romance radar is tingling. So don’t take my word for granted and see for yourself once there are more details!
The Elder Scrolls VI (possibly)
Officially announced during E3 2018, The Elder Scrolls VI is still a long way away. However, knowing that it is actually coming at some point is got to be worth something, right?
We don’t actually know of TESVI will feature romances, but taking a look back at TESV and Fallout 4? It is quite likely. Get your amulets of Mara prepared and ready!
Announced at E3 2018, Starfield is Bethesda’s first new original IP in over 25 years. We don’t know anything about the upcoming game besides the fact that it is going to be a “space epic RPG” and that it is coming sooner than TESVI.
Starfield has been in development for years and will have a lot of new systems as the company’s first space-based game. However, it also “has Bethesda’s DNA in it”. Does it mean romances? Possibly so.
Avowed (possible but unlikely)
During the Xbox Games Showcase, the developers from Obsidian Entertainment (creators of Pillars of Eternity; The Outer Worlds) have been on hand to introduce a new large first-person RPG Avowed. The events of the game are set in the world of Eora, the universe of Pillars of Eternity. The team shared a short trailer that you can find below. Avowed will be coming to PC and Xbox Series X, there is no exact release date or even a release window at the current moment.
While Pillars of Eternity 2 did feature romances (and can be found far above in this list), The Outer Worlds did not (at the very least as far as the player character is concerned) despite loads of flirting. Obsidian noted the following in the terms of romances in their videogames: “Romance quests are hard and involve a lot of work”.
I can agree with that, but when done right – Garrus, Tali, Liara from Mass Effect, Triss and Yenn from The Witcher – it can be rewarding like no other type of quest. So cross your fingers along with me and let’s wait for more details about Avowed.
The Elder Scrolls Online (Maybe?)
The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMORPG by Zenimax and Bethesda. According to GameInformer, the title’s next year-long adventure, Gates of Oblivion, will be the next step to adding romance in-game.
In TESV: Skyrim, players can enter marriage with select NPCs through the ritual of Mara. The MMORPG features a similar rite but so far it can only connect two players together for a bonus to experience points when the two adventure together and have their rings of Mara equipped.
Unlike its single-player counterpart, while ESO did feature returning characters, they weren’t exactly companions. But that is to change soon. And that change will bring relationships with your companions. In the beginning, it won’t be romantic ones but we shall see where that road leads us!
Follow the link above to read the article at GameInformer and find out more!