As many of you are aware, there's an upcoming crossover RPG for the Wii U between the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series, which we'll just tentatively call Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem to save you the headache of its Japanese title. Though we do know it's coming West, very little has been shown of the game in English; meaning that the majority of information has come from what can be gleaned from the Japanese footage and related media. Continuing this trend, the Japanese blog for the game was just recently updated with new information on what to expect.
The fine folks over at JRPG.moe were kind enough to translate the blog post and this revealed a good deal of new information on the game. Mitsuru Hirata and Eiji Ishida – the game's directors – answered a series of questions and comments centered around the release. In terms of why the Fire Emblem characters look so different from their usual appearance, Ishida states it's because they've evolved to specialize in certain roles.
Chrom and his comrades are warriors from another world that are engaged in an endless battle. As a result, they've evolved into a specialised form for combat – that's the basis for the setting. They're all heroes, but at the same time they look almost like monsters. Their designs reflect something like the sorrowful, dark history of their struggle. They needed to specialise to survive, so that means that their unneeded body parts have degenerated.
Additionally, Hirata said that while each Fire Emblem character may be tied to a specific character, they will still have some sort customizable aspects to them. He wouldn't comment further, but stated that another post will expand more on this.
The game focuses on the relationship between the mirages and their masters – since we wanted to emphasise the sense of camaraderie between the two, the Mirages are all fixed to each character. That said, there are elements of the Mirage itself that can change. We're preparing to publish more on the combination of Mirage training and close relations with their masters.
Also, Ishida hinted that Wyvern Riders may show up at some point in the game, but doesn't want to spoil the surprise.
When you buy the game you can see for yourself! Fire Emblem is known for a lot of things that people will want, but we can't afford to say too much until it's out!
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