It would appear that a support conversation is going to be removed from Fire Emblem Fates for its Western release due to it expressing controversial ideals.  These include ideas such as “drugging” and “gay conversion” in relation to the female character Soleil.  An official quote on the matter can be seen from Nintendo below.

 

 

“In the version of the game that ships in the U.S. and Europe, there is no expression which might be considered as gay conversion or drugging that occurs between characters.

 

In the Japanese version of Fire Emblem: Fates, you can gain S-Support, the highest level of a bond between to characters when pairing them together in battle, with several characters in the game. Most of these supports end in a marriage proposal, after several conversations between the characters.

 

One of the female characters, Soleil, is attracted to women, and often gets flustered and weak in the knees when she’s around them. She often fears that she can’t be a ‘strong and cool woman’ because of this. Later in the support conversations if you pair her up with the male protagonist, he spikes her drink with a ‘magic powder’ that makes her see women as men and vice-versa to help her ‘practice’ around women. This was done without her knowing, as she fails to recognize the protagonist at the start of the conversation. Once the magic wore off, she found herself attracted to the male protagonist, and ends up proposing to him, saying that she fell in love with the female version of him, but now loves him as a male.

 

This was interpreted by many as not only casually drugging someone in order to alter their state of mind, but as a means of ‘gay conversion therapy’, a method used by many religious organizations to change one’s sexual orientation from gay to straight. This method is often seen as scientifically unfounded, abusive, and heteronormative.”

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