XSEED Games has announced in a recent blog post that the upcoming western release of the long-awaited Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will allow same-sex marriages, which is a first for the game. The Japanese version has the “Best Friends” system but this didn’t allow for marriages. The remake will include a romantic affinity indicator which displays all marriage candidates from the start of the game. Here’s the details direct from the blog post and the game is out 10th July in Europe and this summer in North America.
“In our version, [the “Best Friends” system] will just be called ‘marriage,’ and the relationship between same-sex couples will be given identical treatment to opposite-sex couples. This has been a very long time coming in the Story of Seasons series, and the producer has been supportive of our decision from very early in development.”
“One minor but important change for the North American and European releases of Friends of Mineral Town is that the ‘heart icon’ indicating a marriage candidate’s romantic affinity for the player will display for all marriage candidates from the start of the game, where in the Japanese release it will only display for same-sex candidates after you confess and start dating.”XSEED