All I want is a game with an older (male) love interest. Was utterly blue-balled by I, Cyborg which gave us Smárason and then made him unromanceable despite all the chemistry there and opportunities that could have been taken. Some people are attracted to older men/women but I feel like games always make the love interests young and beautiful and this depresses me so much because it honestly just makes me feel like people don’t see the handsomeness/beauty in older characters. I have played a LOT of COG and can’t think of one with a love interest you could actually romance who was older (like middle aged.)
I don’t know whether this makes it better or - more likely - worse, but in the earlier outlines Smárason was romanceable; I cut one romance to keep the project down to a manageable size.
Something that’s come up elsewhere in the thread is love interests who are technically middle-aged or far older - but still wouldn’t necessarily appeal to people who’d like an older RO. I’d say Cyborg has some of that, too. In-universe, rejuv technology that resets your apparent age is available though expensive, and two of the ROs - Quillon and Ypsilanti - are older than they look. They both seem to be refusing to grow up, though, and while here and there you get a sense that they’ve lived long lives, they don’t look or behave in a way that would appeal to a reader who’s looking for dignity and wisdom.
(In the game, fifteen years have passed since Ypsilanti Rowe passed through Galdra and broke so many hearts. The youngest of Ypsilanti’s exes, Marley Onbekend, was nineteen at the time, making him/her in the mid-thirties now; I don’t think exact ages are ever given for Smárason or Quillon, but they both had well-established criminal careers at that point. In fact, I wondered a bit whether readers would be unhappy that all the ROs were too old, but decided that in a world where viewers don’t bat an eye at the same actor playing a college freshman one week and a DA the next, readers would probably just think of those ROs as “generically adult” and not care that their calendar age skews older.