Fire Emblem Awakening featured the ability to let the player character get in a relationship and marry another character of the opposite sex, but finally, Nintendo has added same-sex marriage into Fire Emblem Fates.
Fire Emblem Fates releases June 25 on 3DS in Japan, and it will release next year in North America and Europe. There will be two retail versions of Fates- Conquest and Birthright. Conquest will allow for two male characters to get married, and Birthright will allow two female characters to do the same. The third version of the game (which will be included as DLC) will allow for either. And, of course, straight marriage will be included in the game as usual. Nintendo gave this confirmation about the inclusion of same-sex marriage:
“Fire Emblem Fates comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions. In the U.S., Conquest and Birthright will both be sold separately, as is already the case in Japan. For those who have purchased either the Conquest or Birthright edition, a third edition will be made available as downloadable content at a later stage. Details on how the three storylines will be made available in other regions will be announced at a later date.”
“In the Conquest edition of the game, there is a male character that the game’s player may have his/her male main character marry after they bond in battle. Similarly, the Birthright edition features a female character that a female main character may marry after bonding in battle. Both of the aforementioned characters can be encountered in the third edition of the game.”
“We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game’s scenario and the nature of the game play. In the end of course, the game should be fun to play. We feel that Fire Emblem Fates is indeed enjoyable to play and we hope fans like the game.”
I’m unbelievably happy that Nintendo is finally embracing the diversity of gamers and its own fanbase. I think that they’re learning that it’s best to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to games with life-simulation elements. Let’s hope that this won’t be that last example of Nintendo showing support for LGBT fans in their games.
It took long enough, but I won’t be cynical. Better late than never!