Nintendo have confirmed that the Western release of Fire Emblem: Fates will allow same-sex characters to pair up and marry “like married couples of the opposite gender”.
The news comes hot on the heels of the reveal that the Western release will have certain dialogue and scenes removed that Nintendo believes could be interpreted as ‘gay conversion or drugging’.
A full statement given to SiliconEra explains that “making changes is not unusual when we localize games, and we have indeed made changes in these games.
“When we localize a game we do so in order to make it appropriate for that particular territory. All our choices were made from that point of view.”
“In the Conquest edition a male main character created by the gamer can pair up with another male character (Niles) which ultimately leads to marriage. Similarly, in the Birthright edition, a female main character created by the gamer can pair up with and eventually marry another female character (Rhajat). Like married couples of the opposite gender, these same-sex couples enjoy the stat boosts that come with marriage, which means when they are paired up in battle they are stronger than when they are apart or paired up with another character.”
“In the third edition, Revelation, that will be released as DLC in the eShop on March 10, a same-sex marriage is possible regardless of the sex of your main character, as both Niles and Rhajat can be encountered in this edition.”
Look for Fire Emblem: Fates on the 3DS on February 19.