One of the cool new features of 2013’s Fire Emblem Awakening was the ability to marry and produce offspring with your various party members, blending the strength of the parents into a new soldier. Fire Emblem Fates will be expanding on this feature, by taking a page from Bioware and adding same sex marriage to the mix.
The feature was confirmed by Nintendo in an interview with Polygon, in which they stated:
“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.”
Marriage will work similar to Awakening’s system, Male and Female characters will reproduce to include a new soldier with combined stats, while male and male (or female and female) characters will now get a special combat boost.
It’s an great new feature for the game, however fans might be split about the next entry due to game having multiple editions, each one telling a different side of thestory.
“Fire Emblem Fates comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions,” Nintendo told Polygon. “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.”
It’s important to note that Male/Male relationships will be available in one edition of the game, while Female/Female will be in the other, both will be present in the third DLC entry.