Nintendo has confirmed that it has cut controversial scenes from Fire Emblem Fates, such changes having been made when considering their suitability for the Nintendo 3DS exclusive’s western release.
The scene revolved around Soleil, who is known to easily swoon in the presence of other women. She opens up to the protagonist about suddenly becoming weak when other women are around, and that she believes it will prevent her from becoming a stronger woman herself.
The protagonist therefore uses magic to switch everyone’s gender without her knowing, which, when it eventually wears off, sees her become more comfortable around other women. But, in such time, she also develops feelings for the protagonist, and many have interpreted the scene as reference to “gay conversion.”
“In the version of the game that ships in the US and Europe, there is no expression which might be considered as gay conversion or drugging that occurs between characters,” a company representative clarified to Nintendo World Report.
Approached by Siliconera, Nintendo expanded on their initial statement: “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.”
“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 release exclusively for Nintendo 3DS across North America on February 19th, and in Europe in 2016.