Update [Tue 13th Dec, 2022 19:30 GMT]: Idea Factory International has announced that Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord is coming to the west next year!
The upcoming strategy RPG, and the newest entry in the Fairy Fencer F series, reunites fans with protagonist Fang after he meets two muses called Glace and Fleur. The pair can sing powerful songs that imbue people with powers, boosting their attack or changing their abilities — but Glace can also use her voice to brainwash people.
The game will be getting its own Limited Edition in the near future on the Idea Factory website, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, check out the game's key features, and make sure you check out our original story below for all of the details on the Japanese release.
FFF Tactics?! – Strategise to capitalise with an all-new Tactical RPG battle system! Use terrain, and objects such as rocks, boxes, and grass to your advantage. Strategic positioning on the battlefield can raise your evasiveness, or lower your movement speed, among other effects. Plus, Avalanche Attack and Fairize battle mechanics return!
Fairies, Fencers, Furies...and Muses? – With the introduction of the two Muses, all-new battle mechanics are at your command. Use the power of their song to buff allies or combine both area of effect boosts for an even more DRAMATIC buff! But beware, enemies within the area can also benefit.
Hidden Fairies, Locations and Treasure! – Break new ground with this fresh take on "World Shaping." With "Location Shaping," use your collected Furies by stabbing them in various locations of the world map. Doing so can unlock items, hidden locations, or even Fairies. Activate a chain to stab more locations without using up your limited Locate Energy!
All-New Story With Multiple Routes! – Follow Fang and his friends through multiple routes in this all-new story, as they continue their search for Furies in order to resurrect the Goddess. Will you find harmony or dissonance when fate lies in your hands?
Original article [Thu 19th May, 2022 11:45 BST]: Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord, which is the sequel to Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force, which is an expansion of Fairy Fencer F from 2013 (phewww!), is due to launch in Japan on September 15th, 2022.
Details come courtesy of Gematsu, with a debut trailer unveiled along with some tasty tidbits on what the game will entail. Refrain Chord, along with its predecessor, involves warriors known as 'Fencers', who wield special weapons that contain fairies (hence the name!). The previous game's protagonist, Fang, returns for the sequel.
Here's some info on the release:
In Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord, highly strategic battles will unfold on fields with multiple levels of elevation. In addition to character direction, Fairize, and differences in elevation, the game’s key feature is utilizing “songs” to gain the upper hand in battle
The strengthened state known as Fairize returns. By building up the gauge and activating Fairize, your stats will gain a significant boost. There are also special skills that can only be used during the Fairize state, and since each character has their own attack range and effects, understanding what makes them unique is the key to victory. The Fairy’s song “Fairy Aria” is a special skill that can significantly strengthen all allies within a certain range. Since this only affects units within said range, it is important to position your Fairy and units near each other.
There's no word on a Western release as of yet, but with the first game being widely available, we'd say our chances are pretty strong with this one.
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