As with the Japanese release, there will be two separate versions of Fire Emblem: Fates in the west.
The two versions, titled “Conquest” and “Birthright”, were first referenced by Nintendo in June. Listings for both versions of the game can be found on Amazon, both with a placeholder release date of December 31, 2016.
Should the player choose the “Birthright” version of the game, they ally with Hoshido. The Hoshido route is more akin to a traditional fire emblem game – you defend your kingdom from conquest. The “Conquest” version puts the player in the opposite position, having you ally with Nohr. Additionally, a third route, in which the player chooses neither kingdom, is planned for release as DLC.
Fire Emblem Fates has already been out for several weeks in Japan. The games have already outsold Fire Emblem Awakening, with “Conquest” edging out “Birthright.”