Fire Emblem Fates aims to be a very different kind of Fire Emblem game. Going so far as to have same gender marriages and other interesting story elements in the title. However, via the Japanese release, some of these decisions have come under fire.
Mostly, a character was said to be going under a “gay conversion” via the main character and magic. This has been changed for the western versions of Birthright and Conquest. When asked by Siliconera about what these changes truly meant, Nintendo responded thus:
“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.”
They further went on to note that while that game was made, same gender marriages was not.
“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.”
Fire Emblem Fates arrives on Nintendo 3DS February 19th.