As the title implies, how do you feel about romanceable characters in games that are not “player-sexual”?
More detailed version, aka the reason I’m asking: I’m running into this issue with this game I’m working on, where the player goes through many “lives” and their sex is predetermined depending on their choices in the previous life (it’s not directly correlated, so it won’t be obvious what causes the player’s in-game biological sex)****.
I want to make the characters have certain sexualities for the fact that I believe making every character “player-sexual” devalues them as individuals and kind of builds a character for romance instead of a romance for a character. I’ve seen many people disagree, though, and I’d consider making all romanceable characters “player-sexual” if there’s enough of a demand for it.
****There will be an opportunity for the player to make their identified gender clear, so it’s possible to be transgender. If the player says that their character identifies as a woman and she is born in a male body, the character will still be able to romance (most) heterosexual male characters so long as she makes her identified gender clear to him. There will be exceptions, with characters who will still find issue with the player character’s assigned sex. The identified gender is static, meaning that while the body will change, the identification will not.
(I also feel the need to mention that I myself am pansexual, so it’s not as though there won’t be bisexual/pansexual characters, but I do think that it’s unrealistic to make everyone flexible)