The previous title in the Fire Emblem franchise, Fire Emblem Awakening, had plenty of partners to choose from for each of your characters. Until now, however, the series has never offered the option to marry two characters of the same sex. According to a recent interview with Polygon, Nintendo has announced that the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates will change that.
“Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS, which launches in Japan on June 25, 2015, and is coming to the U.S. and Europe in 2016, includes the possibility for a same-sex marriage to take place between the main character created by the gamer and another character in the game,”
As in Fire Emblem Awakening, characters are able to marry if they form a close enough bond and raise their relationship level to the required level (which is A+ here for same-sex relationships). Fates will initially be available in two different versions, with a third available to download at a later stage.
“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.”
The company went on explain that the decision to include same-sex relationships in this iteration of the game was a combination of its desire to reflect the company’s diverse fanbase, yet ensure that the game itself was still fun to play.
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