Nintendo Comments On Fire Emblem Fates Changed Support Conversation
Yesterday it's been confirmed that a controversial support conversation included in Fire Emblem Fates, the new entry of the series developed by Intelligent System launching next month in North America, is going to be changed in the Western release of the game. A few hours ago Nintendo has released another statement on the matter, also confirming that same-sex marriage will be in in the North American and European release.
In the new statement sent to Siliconera, Nintendo confirmed the change to the controversial support conversion, confirming that it has been made to make the game appropriate for the particular territory. All changes made during localization are done from this point of view.
Making changes is not unusual when we localize games, and we have indeed made changes in these games. When we localize a game we do so in order to make it appropriate for that particular territory. All our choices were made from that point of view.
As mentioned above, Nintendo has also confirmed in the statement that same-sex marriage will be included in the Western release of Fire Emblem Fates, with same-sex couples will enjoy the same stat boots as married couples of opposite genders.
In the Conquest edition a male main character created by the gamer can pair up with another male character (Niles) which ultimately leads to marriage. Similarly, in the Birthright edition, a female main character created by the gamer can pair up with and eventually marry another female character (Rhajat). Like married couples of the opposite gender, these same-sex couples enjoy the stat boosts that come with marriage, which means when they are paired up in battle they are stronger than when they are apart or paired up with another character.
In the third edition, Revelation, that will be released as DLC in the eShop on March 10, a same-sex marriage is possible regardless of the sex of your main character, as both Niles and Rhajat can be encountered in this edition.
Fire Emblem Fates will be released next month in North America exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.