The developers of the upcoming RPG crossover talked with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu and revealed a few new details about the upcoming project. In addition to game length, they also discussed some familiar faces longtime Fire Emblem fans might recognize.
First, in terms of how long Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem will likely end up, the developers stated that gamers should probably expect to spend about 30 hours completing the main quest. However, before anybody complains about it being too short, they also advised that there will be just as much time you can spend on optional content, so completionists will probably need to set aside about 60 hours.
While the game’s setting and core battle mechanics draw inspiration from the Shin Megami Tensei side of the crossover, the developers did talk a little about who to expect from the Fire Emblem series. Seeing how Chrom has already been shown in the game, it wasn’t all that surprising to learn that Fire Emblem Awakening will be one of the games from which characters are taken. The first game in the series, which found its way outside of Japan in the form of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon for Nintendo DS, will also serve as a source for the upcoming RPG’s cast. The developers explained that the decision of who to include was based on popularity polls.
During the interview, the developers also stated the Cain and Abel will be making an appearance. Considering the frequent biblical allusions in the Shin Megami Tensei series, I think it’s worth clarifying that I’m pretty sure they are referring to characters from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon who just so happen to share those names. Or maybe we will get both versions of Cain and Abel. I imagine the meet up between the two pairs would be interesting considering how their relationships are dramatically different.
Despite characters and references being drawn from two long-running game franchises known for their complex stories and mechanics, the developers are insistent that Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem will be welcoming to those unfamiliar with either series. The game isn’t scheduled to be released until sometime in 2016, so we likely still have plenty of time to learn about what’s new and what’s old in this anticipated RPG. Personally, I’m hoping for a new official English title so I can stop typing out Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem.