The New Fire Emblem Is Still Pretty Saucy

The New Fire Emblem Is Still Pretty Saucy

You might have heard that Fire Emblem Fates is getting rid of the infamous 'petting' mini game for Western shores. But even with that aspect of the game gone, much of the experience is still brimming with suggestive content. As you might already know, Fire Emblem Fates has a feature that lets you build a castle. Within the castle squares, you can erect a number of amenities, like an accessory shop. That's the storefront you're looking at above. You can accessorize your character (or any other character) with all sorts of things. I for example have put an eye-patch on one of my coolest characters, Effie:

The New Fire Emblem Is Still Pretty Saucy

But, if you want, you can also strip a character down, like I did in the first screenshot. Fittingly, it costs 5 peaches to purchase a towel for a character.

It's a part of a larger push, it seems like, to make a more vaguely sexual game. Characters say things such as...

The New Fire Emblem Is Still Pretty Saucy

Here's Niles, asking the player if they want to dress him up.

The New Fire Emblem Is Still Pretty Saucy

Camilla is the player's fake sister, and everything about her — from the character design, to her sultry voice acting — is sexualised.

Those are just a few of many, many lines that have jumped out at me, and other players are finding the same thing in their own games. But nowhere has this vibe been been more in-my-face than after building a hot spring in my castle. "Take a dip in the hot springs," the game suggested to me. "You may run into some of the castle inhabitants along the way." Sure, why not?

Sometimes, it will be just you in there. Other times, something like THIS might happen:

The New Fire Emblem Is Still Pretty Saucy

Pro-tip: finding the opposite sex in the hot spring is no good (though it can be amusing). Not that you really have any control over who you find when you enter. That's part of the allure, really.

Honestly, I'm liking the change. Yeah — I'm one of those trashcan Fire Emblem fans that loves talking endlessly about potential romances and pairings within the game, so this type of pandering is way up my alley. I think, on some level, Intelligent Systems / Nintendo must know that fans obsess over that aspect of the game, too. So much of Fire Emblem Fates feels like the developers doubling down on that aspect of the franchise, as the new game gives characters way more opportunities to interact with one another than Fire Emblem Awakening did.

Just don't be surprised if some of those exchanges are, ahem, saucy.


    What a strange narrative this game has developed before it's even released. First, a caveat: I am not sledging the author or the site when I say this...

    The smug Benny Hill/Kevin Smith/etc sorta kinda 'let's find the sex angle here and exploit it for all its worth' coverage this game has received is starting to become monotonous.

    It's not a review, it's not a critique, but it's not a preview either. If anything it's flaunting the fact one gets to play and snap pics/videos of a game I cannot buy yet.

    As I said, not carping on about Patricia/Kotaku here (because each get enough toxicity every other day from the worst of the worst the internet can vomit up), the entire zeitgeist about this non-released game right now is just plain off-putting.

    I say this as someone who thinks turn-based strategy games are already obtuse to newbies. I want to hear how I can approach this game easily.

    Sorry for the inarticulate rant, but it's like if a brony was in charge of content related to an up-coming My Little Pony game. Can you imagine!

    does the child system still rely on the the mother? e.g. it doesnt matter which character the father is, the child is always the same for each mother?

      It's been switched: now it's the father that determines which child you get. However Azura and female Corrin also have children that are based on the mother, so you will always get two children from these two (the father's and Azura's/FCorrin's)

    *sigh* Another game that's not out in PAL territories yet.
    I just want to be able to purchase it and play it.

      It's not out in the US either. Review copies went out several weeks in advance, with no major embargoes.

    I just want a release date ;~;

    I just want this released in the special edition double pack ASAP. >:(

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