LGBT visibility in gaming takes a bold step forward with the arrival of Fragments Of Him, a new first-person adventure game that focuses on a gay character.
The debut release from Dutch company SassyBot, Fragments follows the aftermath of protagonist Will’s sudden death, and how it affects those closest to him. Players experience memories and snapshots from four lives—Will, his boyfriend, ex-girlfriend and grandmother.
“The game is about the value of opening your heart to others,” designer Mata Haggis tells Huffington Post. He hopes players “finish the game and then hug someone and tell them they love them. I want people to open up to each other.”
Video games have become much more inclusive in recent years, with top-tier franchises like Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, Fallout and Dragon Age adding same-sex relationships, but Haggis believes Fragments can accomplish something even more meaningful.
“We rarely finish a video game and feel uplifted, but I really think we might just manage it here.”
Fragments Of Him is now available on PC, and will debut on Xbox One and PS4 later this year.
h/t Huffington Post.