Fire Emblem Fates to Include Same-Sex Marriage

The number of options available for your character is set to increase.

By Jon Stevens. Posted 06/24/2015 17:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

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.

Do you plan on checking out Fire Emblem Fates? As always, let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: Polygon

One Response to “Fire Emblem Fates to Include Same-Sex Marriage”

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    penduin says...

    Awakening was my first Fire Emblem (which I shamefully still need to finish), and as much as I like it, I’ve largely been ignoring Fates news due to excitement over other big upcoming titles. But, after reading the Iwata Asks about the detailed story’s writing and how this became two, then three games, I’m pretty intrigued.

    I appreciate this particular equality detail too, especially its unceremonious, matter-of-fact nature. It’s just a thing that happens, and is one of a thousand choices the player makes about who the hero is.

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