Fire Emblem Fates has already been released in Japan today, June 25, but the biggest news of this game is not the release date but the online multiplayer feature, finally, and same sex marriage. Yes, you read it right, same sex marriage.
It seems that same sex partner/relationship has already been accepted in gaming industry as Dragon Age: Inquisition also made almost the same thing wherein you can have a love interest to a person in your same sex but Fire Emblem Fates took it to the next step wherein you can marry your same sex partner.
“Fire Emblem Fates includes the possibility for a same-sex marriage to take place between the main character created by the gamer and another character in the game,” confirmed by Nintendo.
” The game comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions,” Nintendo said. “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.”
Unlike in previous Fire Emblem title, Fire Emblem Awakening wherein your character can marry only the opposite sex, Fire Emblem Fates will give you a chance to marry a same sex partner BUT, there’s a big but here, if a player wants to pursue a same sex male partner, player need to either purchase the Conquest edition or download the third storyline and as for partnering two female characters, player need to purchase the Birthright version or download the third storyline.
As for the online multiplayer, it features an online 5-vs-5 battle against your friends in your list or any other local players. Battles can be played under standard rules or with limitations to eliminate the effect of Eternal Proofs and other items. If 30+ hours of campaign play is not enough, well, this online battle is perfect for you.
Below is a breakdown of what’s included in online multiplayer courtesy of Nintendo Everything:
– 5v5 battles with a team of units selected from one of your save files (at any point in the game)
– Local battles, 3DS friend list battles and random online battles
– Random online battles can be played with standard rules or with limitations to eliminate the effect of Eternal Proofs and possibly other items
– No fog of war
– Time limit of 5 minutes per turn
– For online, can have random standard battle or a random limited battle
– Friend battle is an option as well
– 5 maps are available by default (There could be more)
– Mountain village, opera house, destroyed city, crumbled fortress, palace maps
– All of these maps contain Dragon Vein mechanisms and some include destructible objects
– Either of the two players’ My Castles can also be selected as maps if My Castle has been reached in the main game
– Positions will not be assigned based on whose castle it is, so you might find yourself in a ‘defensive’ starting position near the throne in the opposing player’s My Castle
– My Castle maps include destructible buildings, just like in StreetPass battles.
– Before the battle begins, both players will be able to see the total combat strength rating of the opposing player’s units as well as the name of their opponent
– It seems the player with the lowest rating gets to pick the map
– It also seems that the player selecting the map will also be able to decide whether a handicap is active
– Team colors and starting positions seem to be assigned at random
– The blue team gets to move first
– Items and skills all seem to function as usual
– Stave uses are halved at the start of the battle
– The cursor can be moved around freely during the enemy phase
– On My Castle maps, the lighting will sometimes shift from daytime to nighttime and from nighttime to daytime as the battle progresses
– On My Castle maps, (some?) building bonuses seem to be active, but only (?) for the team assigned to the defending position, rather than for the castle’s owner
– After each battle, the game asks you whether the opposing player should be blacklisted
Fire Emblem Fates will release in North America and Europe in 2016 for Nintendo 3DS.