^ This is from Renka’s website (the singing voice of Aqua). It’s more evidence that she has some kind of control over water, which reminds me of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Thanks to mainly Famitsu and others like Serenes Forest, fans have been learning many things about the upcoming epic. New gameplay mechanics, characters, and so on… all the news is building up hype for Japan’s release date on June 25th.
I’ve been following them to keep up to date on it, so I can give you a brief overview of major changes and additions to Fire Emblem If. I can’t wait for this game!
First off, the weapon triangle is different: Swords & Magic > Axes & Bows > Lances & Hidden Weapons > Swords & Magic. There are two things that make this change interesting. One, Magic isn’t back into its own triangle like in older titles before Awakening (Remember: Anima > Light > Dark > Anima?). Second, hidden weapons like shurikens are a completely new addition that can lower the stats of foes when hit.
The Pair Up feature introduced in Awakening is changed to Attack/Defense Stance. The support character will attack when separated, but next to each other. The Defense Stance will be on when two characters are on the same tile (Pair Up). This will probably be one of the biggest game-changers.
Weapon durability is gone… with the exception of staves still being able to break. I’ve read a lot of outrage over this change, since many consider this one of the staples of the series. When I eventually get to play the game, I’ll probably still worry over a non-existent number of uses.
Phoenix Mode is an optional difficulty mode that allows fallen comrades to get back up again in the next turn. It’s not something I’ll try out, since I love the challenge of permadeath, but newcomers may feel better about trying out Fire Emblem.
The Barracks is upgraded to “My Castle”, a place uniquely your own. There seems to be a lot of customization available with the layout and even the characters. There are some odd things about it though, but I’ll let you judge for yourself. shadowofchaos725 does his translating magic again for the latest trailer:
New characters seem to be popping up every week, including a person named Nishiki who can transform into a fox… seems Fire Emblem is being more inspired by cultural and mythological things like the Mouth of Truth this time around. You can check out a full list here.
There isn’t too much out regarding the story… other than an revealing that Aqua is actually the opposite of the Avatar. She was born in Nohr, but raised in Hoshido. A Nohrian princess captured by Hoshido… maybe in retailization? Either way, I’m glad both sides are appearing more gray than they seem at first.
And… that’s where I’ll wrap up for now. 2016 is going to be too long of a wait I tell ya… surely there will more news at E3 I hope. What do you think so far? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!