Since publication Sarah Blandy has updated the relevant line in her credits to now simply read 'Cup of Tea Productions - NDA', removing the mention of Nintendo. We've amended the article to reflect this.
The last we heard of the Fire Emblem mobile game was a statement from Nintendo that said it was going for "accessible yet engaging gameplay", with a 2017 release.
Today, we may - or may not - been given pointers regarding a few characters that might be appearing in the title.
Sarah Blandy lent her voice to three roles in Fire Emblem Fates, portraying characters Kagero, Layla, and Midori.
Recently on the 'credits' section of Blandy's website, fans noticed an NDA project that was tagged under 'Nintendo and Cup of Tea Productions'. The location was in Burbank, CA which is an area that was shared by the voice talent studio where Fire Emblem Fates was also recorded. Notably Cup of Tea productions affiliates itself with Fire Emblem: Awakening's voice production, so the connection to the Fire Emblem series has prompted some conversations online.
As highlighted above, the entry has now removed the Nintendo reference, which may have been a reaction to it being included in error. Cup of Tea Productions has also worked on some other notable franchises, which is worth noting.
I feel like this is most likely the impending mobile title as opposed to a Switch project, but you never know. It'll be interesting to see which way development on the new console will go either way, but I don't expect anything outside of the norm anyhow.
I wonder if they only hire voice actors who are double foot amputees. You know, for authenticity.
Hmmm, this "accessible yet engaging" thing makes me wonder what is the best Fire Emblem game to start out with (any system)?
I have to see fire emblem and animal crossing on the phones. Nintendo how the hell you make animal crossing and fire emblem on the phones but not on the Wii u? Even the original Wii have both games
@msvt The 3DS titles are probably the most accessible and cheapest. The best games in the series are probably the Radiant Games (Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn with Ike) and Rekka no Ken known as Fire Emblem (GBA) in the US and Europe.
Any of those will serve you well young cavalier
I don't think a mobile title would have:
A. Voice acting
B. Tons of characters
And they probably want to develop a Switch game quickly so they can make quick sequels like they did on the 3DS.
I started with Path of Radiance on Gamecube, and I was heavily drawn into the series thanks to it. But I might be biased on that title. Still probably my favorite, though.
For accessibility however, the GBA Fire Emblem has a lot of tutorials and so forth, so that might be better. Or any of the modern titles with the "casual" mode (though I feel they miss a main selling point of the series: permadeath).
Lots of great choices, though. It's a great series.
Edit: Ninja'd. But hey, if two people on the Internet agree, you know it's true...
I think Awakening is a good starting point. It explains a lot of the basics.
@Philo Well you can play Classic for the 3DS games and New Mystery (DS) so they can do that if they want permadeath. However except for Fates I'm not a huge fan of the Avatar character in Awakening and New Mystery so those are my only real complaint for those ones for newbs (LOVED New Mystery).
I'm all for a Fire Emblem game on Switch. I find it somewhat unlikely that they'll go through the effort of adding voice acting to a mobile title.
How do we know Cup of Tea aren't doing the voices for Breath of the Wild? That also fits.
True. And I agree about the Avatar. Ike has much more going for him, hence why I was drawn to PoR. Nothing beats an actual preset protagonist. Too bad PoR is crazy expensive now... rerelease please, Nintendo?
@therealgamer One has a market of hundreds of millions. One has a market of less than 14 million.
I thought this was announced as a mobile game already.
Quite why they never put the Wii games on VC is beyond me.
If the game involves extensive voice acting it's unlikely going to be a game for mobile/cell phones. While you will find a minimum of voice acting on mobile games, it tends to bloat the file size of those games to stretching point. Episodic action games are okay with this... but for an RPG you want to use your file size for the game itself.
I also think it makes sense for the Switch to get a huge property like Fire Emblem anyway. Nintendo can not afford to fail with the Switch & needs to have all of their big hitters on board.
Plus you can develop games for more than one platform at a time.
Hopefully something for the Switch.
This is going to be a CCG styled game, isn't it?
@Mega_Yarn_Poochy seems like a no brainer
The entries I'd recommend would be Fire Emblem GBA or Fire Emblem: Birthright. One is easy and an improved Awakening. The other is classic but has a story tutorial you can't lose.
Easy entries for the series.
And let me guess, it will be a IOS exclusive, for the time being. Because Nintendo likes excluding a big chunk of their audience!
@whodatninja From one of GameFAQ's recent poll of day, an overwhelming majority of that site uses Android phones. It seems like gamers hate iPhones and Apple products in general.
As someone mentioned above, Path of Radiance is mint. But, I wouldn't recommend it as your first. That game is hard as ballz lol. If you're playing on Dolphin and can do instant save points, then ok, but if you're playing on GC/Wii that permadeath might grind your patience.
I'd say start with Awakening. For one, it's a great game. I loved it. For two, it's the game that got so many into the series, and there's a reason for that. Trust that reason and let it do for you what it's done for so many others.
But once you've played Awakening, I'd definitely recommend branching out to the other entries.
@msvt For what it's worth, I started with Fates. I enjoyed Birthright so much that I bought the other two paths. I really enjoyed it and I'm generally not a fan of strategy RPGs.
@msvt I'd recommend Awakening or Blazing Sword on the GBA. Both are fantastic games.
Thank you everyone for the detailed suggestions....Very cool to see enthusiasm that other games (maybe even zelda, really) do not have as much of. Fire Emblem always seemed much more hardcore and yes I grew up playing RPG's and longer games like all the SNES era Squaresoft games but these days it is a lot to ask of my time, energy and attention to play such deep games. You guys have made it unavoidable so I will start in with Awakening asap. Cheers!
EDIT: Well, the feet thing in Awakening is quite freaky to me. I think I will start with the Wii game or possibly Birthright.
@JaxonH Path of Radiance? ...Hard? ...What?
I mean, there's the series' learning curve so with it may not be the best starting point, but "hard" is pretty far from the word to describe one of two FE games where a solo run is not only highly doable, but generally regarded as easier than playing the game normally.
@JHDK Fates upgraded things so everybody's realistically proportioned.
The reason Awakening's models were they way they were was because Nintendo hadn't even finished developing the 3DS home menu apps and the engine couldn't handle much, so they had to cut-off the feet as a technological limitation.
Heck ya that game was hard!
I'm not one of these elitist gamers who pretends hard games were easy because I'm some hardcore fan. Screw all that nonsense. PoR was absolutely brutal at times, trying to get that bonus XP and one mistake and you lose an hour of progress. That's what I call a very difficult game.
That wasn't meant to be directed at you btw, I don't doubt your sincerity. But when a game is hard I say so- no reason to pretend otherwise.
Not sure if you read my edit (I know it doesn't send notifications) but just wanted to be sure you knew I wasn't directing that at you. I read my response after I posted it and realized how it sounded, like I was saying that about you and that's what I think about your viewpoint. I was just speaking generally, not directing anything your way. I don't question your authenticity.
@JaxonH None taken.
Path of Radiance just seems about on-par with the GBA titles- there's definite challenge on hard, but normal isn't much at all for fans of the series. And then there's Ike Solos-- which, like SS with Seth Solos, are generally considered easier than playing the game normally.
Radiant Dawn, on the other hand... . Though that introduced battle saves and the localization screwed up the difficulty naming.
I never really had problems in the GBA games. I lost my first unit in FE7 on Ch. 25 I think it was? The one where Jaffar makes his crossroads decision...
But both Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn really made me think. Don't get me wrong I love the heck out of these two games, probably even more so because of how tough they were, but there were stealth maps and bonus XP conditions and all kinds of stuff that pushed me to the limit.
I've actually been playing Path of Radiance again just these past few days (got a gaming rig and wanted to see how it looked in HD for once). I started a new save cause it's been a while and didn't wanna deal with transferring from Wii U, but I will say that the ability to use instant save points has greatly affected how I play. I don't have to be so cautious anymore because I know that if I do make a major blunder and don't feel like restarting or living with it, I can just load the save point. I may not end up using them, but just having them has provided peace of mind which allows me to enjoy the game a lot more, and in a more relaxed environment
likely for the mobile game...which honestly at this point I hope is digital version of the card game. I'm certain it isn't but it is about the only way I'd get to play so it would be nice.
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