Simply put, Nintendo will not be allowing gamers to play gay in the upcoming life simulation 3DS game Tomodachi Life.
The company is sticking to its guns and not bowing to public pressure after a social media campaign was launched to persuade the video games giant to allow homosexual relationships in the game in addition to the heterosexual ones in which players can partake.
According to a statement released by the company to The Associated Press, the reason Nintendo is not allowing for gender equality within the game is because the company is not looking to make any sort of socio-political statement.
"Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life," the company stated. "The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We hope that all of our fans will see that Tomodachi Life was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary."
Tomodachi Life was originally released in Japan last year and will come out in North America June 6. The game features a cast of Mii characters (Miis are Nintendo's user-created in-game avatars) living together on a virtual island. On the island, players simulate real-life activities in a fantasy setting such as shopping, visiting an amusement park, play games, or go on virtual dates with other players.
Tomodachi Life is rated "E for Everyone" by the ESRB.