The next Fire Emblem game will introduce same-sex marriage to Nintendo’s long-running tactical role-playing series. As you may already know, Fire Emblem Fates consists of two versions: Conquest and Birthright. In Conquest, a male main character can marry a male character – and a female main character can marry a female character in Birthright. Fire Emblem Fates launches tomorrow, June 25, in Japan and next year in North America and Europe.
“Fire Emblem Fates comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions,” Nintendo said in a statement. “In the U.S., Conquest and Birthright will both be sold separately, as is already the case in Japan. For those who have purchased either the Conquest or Birthright edition, a third edition will be made available as downloadable content at a later stage. Details on how the three storylines will be made available in other regions will be announced at a later date.
“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.
“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.”