So, I was recently exposed to the fact that there is a somewhat credible leaker who claims to have an informant sharing information about FE16 with them. One of the character names that was leaked in advance was later confirmed by Famitsu, so take it as you will.
For those of us who choose to indulge in leaks, what are your thoughts?
I am, for the first time in a long time, actually…cautiously optimistic about a Fire Emblem game? I’m actually planning to buy this one on launch day.
The school setting being a red herring for what turns out to be a much darker narrative is vastly appreciated. I certainly feared the worst. I also really love Dimitri’s character background and storyline, so I’ll tentatively be choosing the Blue Lions on my first playthrough. An eyepatch on promotion? Hell yeah. The crest alchemy being a driving force behind the Church as an antagonist also seems interesting. At least it’s unique, so hopefully they don’t botch the execution (which, let’s face it, has been a problem for FE’s writing team in the recent past). Having four distinct paths which do not converge is also interesting.
The “more socially acceptable form of skinship” is a bit…disappointing. I’d personally rather that IS just leave that nonsense behind completely, but I understand that it has appeal to others. Gotta git those moneys.
Map design being described as “subpar” is also problematic. “More varied than Awakening and better than SoV” is basically a master class in “clearing low bars.” We’ll see how it turns out. To be honest, they haven’t made good maps in a loooooong time (FE14 Nohr is overrated; fite me). Might be time to bring some fresh blood into their level design department.
So yeah, I appreciate how much the game comes across as a grand experiment. It’s certainly different from anything that we’ve seen from this series before? Will it work? Who knows? It might crash and burn and all of us filthy “pre-FE13 elitists” will be saying “yeah, told ya so.” I hope that it succeeds, even with the silly distractions like schoolgirl waifus and fishing minigames. You can always ignore that stuff. All I want is to genuinely enjoy playing a new Fire Emblem game for the first time in years.