Last week, E3 2015 took place in Los Angeles, California. All of the big three platformer holders – Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft – were in attendance, showcasing games and features that will be available in the next few months. Sony and Microsoft knocked it out of the park, with Horizon and backwards compatibility (respectively), but Nintendo’s conference was underwhelming, being criticised for the new Animal Crossing Wii U board game and for Metroid Prime: Federation Force which now has a petition going against it.
However, one of the only things that fans unanimously enjoyed about their conference was the new trailer for upcoming 3DS game, Fire Emblem Fates. The tactical RPG stars a character torn between two warring factions, as players fight for (or against) the Hoshido or Nohr army. The game was set to be a huge draw as it is, but now, Nintendo has revealed that Fire Emblem Fates will include same-sex marriage.
Fire Emblem Fates Same-Sex Marriage
Fire Emblem Fates‘ marriage system makes a return from previous game, Fire Emblem Awakening, where if you bonded with a character of the opposite sex and reached an ‘S-Rank’ relationship rating, you would be able to have children with them, who would then be playable. Same-sex couples in Fire Emblem Fates will be able to achieve a ranking of A+.
Nintendo has also explained how to gain access to this content. If you want your male character to have a male love interest, then you’ll have to buy the Conquest edition of Fates, whereas if you want your female character to have a female love interest then you’ll have to buy the Birthright edition of the game instead. There’s a third edition that will allow for both of these but that’s only available as DLC in Japan (to players who’ve bought both versions of the game) and Nintendo hasn’t yet revealed how the rest of us will be able to get it.
The company also released a statement via Polygon, explaining why Fire Emblem Fates has same-sex marriage:
“We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game’s scenario and the nature of the game play. In the end of course, the game should be fun to play. We feel that Fire Emblem Fates is indeed enjoyable to play and we hope fans like the game.”
Is it a little disappointing that there’s only one same-sex love interest per male or female character? And is it a shame that Nintendo has split those love interests across two/three editions, for no apparent reason? Absolutely, but the fact that Nintendo is being so inclusive is a wonderful turnaround given that the company previously received backlash for not including same-sex relationships in 3DS sim, Tomodachi Life. So here’s hoping their stance on diversity and inclusiveness continues well into the future.
Fire Emblem Fates will be released on Nintendo 3DS in Japan on June 25, 2015. The game will be released everywhere else in 2016.