Keep the following in mind. This post reflects my, and only my opinions.
WARNING: This post will contain spoilers regarding one of the game’s romance options.
UPDATE: I got the info wrong. The following character is NOT the actual yuri option as I was led to believe. Just a poorly written yuri tease. The actual yuri comes from the second girl in this post.
A bit of backstory. During its commercial campaign for its 2015 Japan release Fire Emblem Fates was touted as being the first entry in the series to include homosexual romance options. The one we’ll be talking about could have been a potentially good second yuri option but alas is not, Soliel. Soliel is a woman who grew up being attracted to other girls, confusing her about her sexual preferences. Here’s where the controversy comes in. It is still possible for a male Corrin (The default name for the avatar character) to romance Soliel. HOWEVER, the problem lies in HOW. See, as mentioned above Soliel has had an attraction to girls for a long time. To change this, Corrin secretly poured “Magic Powder” into her tea, causing her to see women as men and men as women. Male Corrin explains that he did it to help Soliel get along with guys better but Soliel accepts her new feelings for Corrin. Basically Soliel was drugged into falling in love with Male Corrin. Suffice to say many did not take this well.
My problem is not that it’s possible for a guy Corrin to hook up with Soliel. If they want to make her bisexual, fine. It’s HOW the guy has to do it. They couldn’t have him do it naturally. He had to use a drug. Because of this Nintendo of America announced that in Western ports of Fire Emblem Fates they would alter the content to remove any indication of gay conversion and involvement of drugs. As of this writing it’s unclear how exactly this alteration will go down other than its removal. I’ll edit this last part once the truth’s revealed.
There you have it. Chime in if you wish.
THIS is the actual yuri romance option in the game, Syalla, a bisexual. She is available in the Birthright Version. For players who will get the Conquest version she will be included in the bonus post-game DLC campaign. Same goes for the yaoi character, Niles, in the Conquest version.