Fire Emblem Fates, previously Fire Emblem If, will apparently allow for same-sex marriages in the game, a first for Nintendo. Players have usually been able to develop bonds between characters throughout the campaign — a staple in modern Fire Emblem games — with the most recent, Fire Emblem: Awakening, allowing any children born to characters of a certain bond level to participate in the campaign.
As previously reported, Fire Emblem Fates will come in two distinct physical versions ala Pokemon — Conquest and Birthright — and a third downloadable campaign available for download afterwards. According to the statement, which version you pick will determine if you can have male-male marriage or a female-female marriage.
“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,” says Nintendo.
“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.”
Interesting is that Nintendo’s wording specifically states “a character” for both instances, implying that there’s only one possible candidate for those interested in pursuing that relationship path. Still, it’s progress, so good on them. Less appealing news is that Fire Emblem Fates will only be coming westward sometime in 2016, which is a long time to wait, Nintendo. Too long.