The only romances done right by Bioware were in Baldur's Gate 2 where you get a bunch of popup text dialogue periodically. Everything else after that seem to be blown up to supernova proportions.
Agreed, but since Pillars of Eternity is a spiritual succesor of that, not havin romances is merely because Chris Avelone can't do them properly, and he even said so. I can live with them not being there if the option is to have them but be crap or not having them but have everything else be awesome.
Mods are gonna add romance options anyway, assuming the game is moddable and any of the characters in any way interesting, haven't really read anything about that ;p (I am Backer, but haven't followed every single forum topic there)
Romance in SAGA class CRPG's needs to actually exist in some form, or the epilogues are gonna be one boring as hell read ;) "Congrats you won after 20 years of battles, everyone else went home and forgot you, the end"
I just hope PoE is gonna have massive amounts of NPC to Player and NPC to NPC banter, or the game will feel as dead and souless as Icewind Dale did.... we'll see ,)