Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is coming to Nintendo switch on July 10 in Europe and this summer in North America. Today we have something interesting to share about this game. XSEED Games, the publisher of the game announces that the western version of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will change the “Best Friends” system from the original Japanese release, which allows the player character to form a lifelong partnership with a character of the same sex, to simply “marriage,”.
XSEED Games localization manager John Wheeler said:
One major change between both the original version and the remake, as well as between our version and the Japanese version, concerns what has been called the “Best Friends” system in the Japanese release, where the player character can form a lifelong partnership with a character of the same sex. In our version, this will just be called “marriage,” and the relationship between same-sex couples will be given identical treatment to opposite-sex couples. This has been a very long time coming in the STORY OF SEASONS series, and the producer has been supportive of our decision from very early in development. One minor but important change for the North American and European releases of Friends of Mineral Town is that the “heart icon” indicating a marriage candidate’s romantic affinity for the player will display for all marriage candidates from the start of the game, where in the Japanese release it will only display for same-sex candidates after you confess and start dating.