Fire Emblem Heroes features gay characters, reveals Nintendo, though players cannot marry them. Nintendo explains why Fire Emblem Fates, which released this week on iOS and Android, does not feature a marriage mechanic.
Fire Emblem Heroes is one of several recent Fire Emblem games to feature LGB characters as Fire Emblem Fates introduced same-sex marriage to the series.
Fire Emblem Heroes Gay Characters + Lack of Marriage Feature
Speaking to The Verge, Nintendo says that Fire Emblem Heroes features “playful conversations that take place between men and women in the game, including some with a gay character.” However the new mobile game does not include the much-loved series gameplay feature of marriage as “it’s not part of the storyline.” Nintendo clarifies that in Fire Emblem Heroes “romantic relationships, including marriages, do not result from these interactions or other player activities.”
In the main Fire Emblem games, marriage allows the player character to have children with another character, with the offspring often being available as a player character (some playable characters are locked until certain marriages happen and until those couples have children.) But in Fire Emblem Heroes players don’t have children to get new characters, they summon them using ‘Orbs.’
Orbs can be earned for free or they can be purchased with real money. Using summoning, Fire Emblem Heroes players are rewarded with three, four or five-star characters who can then join the player’s team and take part in battles. Some of the game’s non-heterosexual characters can be summoned this way including Niles, a character from Fire Emblem Fates who could marry either male or female characters.
Some will no doubt be disappointed that romance – and thus the possibility to have same-sex relationships – doesn’t feature in Fire Emblem Heroes. However, according to the response that the game is getting on social media, many LGBT players are happy that non-heterosexual characters feature in the mobile game even without a romance feature.
Many also voted for Niles in the Choose Your Legend Fire Emblem Heroes competition, so that he would get a special outfit in the game, keen to show off their love for the character.
Fire Emblem Heroes is now available on iOS and Android.