Fire Emblem Fates has come under scrutiny recently because of a potentially offensive side mission, one which involves altering the sexuality of a lesbian support character. In a recent statement from Nintendo of America, it has been revealed that the mission has been changed for the Western release of the game. Hit the jump for more, and prepare your Internet flame-shields just in case.
The mission in question requires that players spike the drink of a female teammate named Soleil. Apparently, Soleil is attracted to women, but becomes flustered when around them. To “fix” this, the player can spike her drink with a drug that alters her perception and makes her see women as men. If the player is playing as a male protagonist, Soleil will fall in love with them as a male once the effects of the drug have worn off. The mission comes across as a form of gay-conversion therapy, and is considered offensive for, among many reasons, drugging a person against their wishes.
Naturally, this sparked some controversy. A statement by Nintendo of America to Nintendo World Report has confirmed that “in the version of the game that ships in the U.S. and Europe, there is no expression which might be considered as gay conversion or drugging that occurs between characters”.
This doesn’t confirm what the Western release will contain in its place, but with the game industry’s ever-rising support for the LGBTIQ community, it’ll hopefully be something less controversial.
Fire Emblem Fates is launching on Nintendo 3DS this February, having already been released in Japan in 2015.
Source: Nintendo World Report