Shin Kibayashi Worked on Fire Emblem: Fates

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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Fire Emblem: Fates | 3DS

What? Can you think of a better picture about a Senran Kagura writer working on Fire Emblem?

I keep thinking I can’t get any more excited for Fire Emblem: Fates, and Nintendo keeps proving me wrong. Though this isn’t a day for earth shattering news, it is exciting nonetheless. It was revealed today that one of the writers for the Senran Kagura series, Shin Kibayashi, worked on the third storyline for the game, titled Invisible Kingdom, along with the assistance of Yukinori Kitajima. If you hadn’t heard of Kitajima, he had a hand in such games as Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, Okamiden, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney and more.

Kitajima also has a script writing company called Synthese, who themselves are the primary script writers responsible for much of Senran Kagura. While the immature part of me hopes that Kibayashi and Kitajima’s involvement will mean lots of tongue and cheek drama, I’m sure the Invisible Kingdom storyline will maintain the strong and stoic nature Fire Emblem is known for. Though, to be fair, in the most recent Awakening there was a lot of naughty humor, so hopefully their involvement will only emphasize that trait.

Are you excited for Fire Emblem: Fates? Disappointed that Senran Kagura folks are working on it? Chime in with your comments below.

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  • TK

    Feeling dismal about this. Fire Emblem used to be free of this kind of thing. Seems they’re courting a different audience than the diehards of the series now, and while I’m sure their sales numbers must have made it felt like it was necessary, I can’t help but feel like this is equivalent to adding a laugh track and casually defined-by-sex-appeal characters to Lord of the Rings. Awakening was fun, but the fanservice did not serve Fire Emblem fans.

    • Marathon Man

      Seemed to serve sales just fine. And at the end of the day, sales are all that matter from the company’s standpoint. So while you’re being offended by boobs, I’ll be playing my copy. Alongside many others no doubt.

    • TK

      Like I said, this helped their sales and saved the series. Ain’t that I’m being offended. Just that as a result, the series is just no longer targeted at me and my friends, no longer has the atmosphere we enjoyed about it, let our personal expectations down, and I’m sad about it. Sorry if I offended.

    • An Tran

      I have no problem with fanservice, but Awakening and Fates irk me a different way.

  • Firion Hope

    I find it pretty funny how people have been bitching about it who haven’t even actually played it because they’re elitist and salty about the direction Awakening/Fates went. Especially when most of that kind of stuff is optional and they went out of their way to listen to gameplay complaints about Awakening.

    They also probably haven’t played SK which actually has pretty good writing.

    • An Tran

      Gameplay ain’t optional. There have been changes to the overall gameplay that completely simplified all decision making and removed resource management from series.

    • Firion Hope

      Right and thats not really the type of complaint I was talking about. Seemed they did their best to address that in Nohr side.

  • An Tran

    Cool to have an accomplished writer on the team, but as an FE fan I have no interest in this game whatsoever. I know that sounds weird, but I don’t feel like explaining it. Anyway, I’ll eventually get this game, since the FE name is plastered on the box, once the TOTAL price of the FULL game drops below $50.

    • Delvin Pitts

      See you’re nothing more than a retard that has no excuses for anything, saying you don’t like over and over doesn’t make anything different just the fuck up about it and just go away you anime freak.