Marvelous Europe has revealed that Fate/Extella Link will be launching on Switch in Europe on 22nd March, just days after the 19th March release date planned for North America.
A sequel to Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, this game adds 10 servants to the original roster of 16 and features a "refined" gameplay experience; the official description says that "players will battle their way through huge invading armies to retake the virtual world of SE.RA.PH from an invading force". If you're excited for this one, you'll either be pleased (or concerned) to learn that there are several different versions available to choose from.
The game will be launching both physically and digitally on Switch, with certain perks available for each and some things limited to pre-order bonuses, and then there are extra collector's editions. And that's all before you consider the differences between different console editions. We'll do our best to make this as painless as possible.
Lil Nero, Lil Tamamo and Lil Altera outfits come with all versions of the Switch release (but have to be downloaded separately on other systems), and the Altera Costume for Artoria is only available as a digital pre-order exclusive. The pre-order bonus is available on Switch, PS4 and Steam.
A digital deluxe edition exists on PS4, Vita, and PC with extra goodies included, but this isn't available on Switch. Nintendo fans can, however, choose from various physical collector's editions: the Joyeuse Edition and the Emperor of Paladins Edition in Europe, and the 'Fleeting Glory' Limited Edition in North America.
In Europe, the Joyeuse option comes with a soundtrack CD, a pack of 10 collectable 7.6cm by 12.7cm cards depicting each of the new Servants, a 43.1cm by 60.9cm cloth poster, and a 7.6cm by 11.4cm, whereas the Emperor Edition features the same but adds a set of ‘Holy Tile of the Moon’ Mahjong tiles featuring characters from the Fate/Extella franchise. The North American limited edition can be seen in the trailer above, featuring similar goodies.
Phew. Did we make it? We think we made it. We nearly had an ANTHEM situation for a moment there.
So, will you be picking this one up next week? Which option sounds like it might be the right one for you? We'll just be taking a quick break while we read through your comments.