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Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
As I said, I didn’t play too deep into it, just enough to realize I like the gameplay, but I didn’t see any kind of thing in there to warrant the description of “service”. I kind of interpreted it as being some kind of license or rights issue that got murky.

Speaking of perils of the digital age;

 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
I'm not saying this is a false rumor. It might very well be true...

...but if I were somebody who got their jollies getting the internet worked up over made up rumors, a 1 2 Switch sequel that is so bad that Nintendo has put it on indefinite hiatus (though the higher ups are threatening to see it get released, come hell or high water) is exactly the kind of rumormonger bait I'd go for. It both easily draws out anyone who is wont to shit on Nintendo for inscrutable decision making to spread the rumor like wildfire, and it comes in with built in plausible deniability when it inevitably doesn't materialize.

Edit: Just also noting this came from Imran Kahn. While he has been right on some rumors in the past he has also hinted at things that either never, or at least have yet to, been officially confirmed. I don't think he is spreading misinformation on purpose, but rather that he is not immune to the internet rumor feedback loop.
 
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RT-55J

definitely not a robot
(He/Him + RT/artee)
You're telling Nintendo could have already made a sequel to the milking mingame, and are just letting it stay sitting unreleased!?

Finally something I can be mad about.
 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
In other Nintendo rumor news, people think they've guessed the next direct will be on the 15th because Neon White devs let it slip they were stealth releasing their game on that day and no other major not E3 presentation was happening that day. Hopefully we get something next week...

Edit: Also didn't realize Neon White was console exclusive for the time being, so that is more smoke.
 

WildcatJF

Mysterious Ghost World
(he / his / him)
The 15th makes sense. Nintendo does like to go last...and they're generating some buzz for summer titles they might not need to cover extensively at a Direct due to their close release date.
 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
So the email leak was discussing the 15th was in reference to a streamer embargo dropping post release, which might mean the direct is on the 14th, which would be their normal e3 Tuesday.
 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
Lol, well Neon White just had it's release date announced in the Summer Games Fest, so we're back square one on when the next direct is.
 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
Yeah, not confirmed but that's the current rumor. Makes sense when you think about it that the big 3 would all want their separate week/news cycle for their summer presentations in the absence of E3.
 

RT-55J

definitely not a robot
(He/Him + RT/artee)
No Direct today, but seeing a picture-leak (alleged) of a currently-unannounced mainline Fire Emblem game and watching fans seething and malding over the protagonist's hairstyle is a suitable substitute for the time being. 🍿 🍿 🍿
 

Pajaro Pete

(He/Himbo)
No Direct today, but seeing a picture-leak (alleged) of a currently-unannounced mainline Fire Emblem game and watching fans seething and malding over the protagonist's hairstyle is a suitable substitute for the time being. 🍿 🍿 🍿

because it's ugly as sin
 

Regulus

Sir Knightbot
Yeah... the character designs look very bad. Not that FE is a stranger to bad character design. Fem Byleth's outfit is a travesty and Fates has some really awful stuff, too.

The leak seems a little suspect at this point. Supposedly the game has been finished for a long time and was originally developed for FE's 30th Anniversary. The released screenshots appear to be entirely in Chinese (so a localization version?), but are alleged by the leaker to be "very old". There's too much there for it to be wholly fabricated, but I could see it being some in development FE knock-off being passed off as an upcoming FE game. It being a real FE game is not terribly implausible, though. *shrug*
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
Categorically disbelieve all alleged leaks until corroborated by a verifiable source.
 

RT-55J

definitely not a robot
(He/Him + RT/artee)
I don't know if this leak is true, but I always love entertaining the possibility of any alleged screenshot leak.
 
Granted, but “A new entry in a popular series is forthcoming” doesn’t really strain credibility

also honestly i don't think that the divisive character design even looks particularly outlandish for modern Fire Emblem

it could be a fake, but i would not be at all shocked by it being real at all
 

Peklo

Oh! Create!
(they/them, she/her)
Yusuke Kozaki's character design work for Awakening and Fates to me was a series low point for its outlandish excesses for a series that had a codified an aesthetic out of a sort of attractive mundane simplicity. Hidari's take on the adapted designs in Shadows of Valentia was a big step up in compellingly modernizing those vintage stylings, but it wasn't really until Chinatsu Kurahana and Three Houses that I felt like there was a spark of something really new and exciting to the series's look. She has a background in otome game character design and it shows, and was a big motivating factor in getting me to stick with a genre that I usually struggle maintaining sustained interest in.

That being said, I also expected that Three Houses despite its mass success would be an anomaly for the series as to what appealed to me about it, aesthetically and otherwise. I'm honestly kinda into the clownish vtuber-looking supposed lead in these leaks, but I'm grading that on a disassociated curve. There's plenty to fret about in the glimpses seen if so inclined.
 

Regulus

Sir Knightbot
Placing the blame squarely on Kozaki for the weirder stuff in Awakening and Fates is a little unfair, because, although he did design most of the characters inhabiting the costumes, it was actually art director Toshiyuki Kusakihara who did the bulk of the costume design. Kozaki did fully design some of the key characters (like Lucina), but as far as I'm aware he's not the one responsible for toilet bowl cavaliers, UFO armor knights, bodystocking dark mages, or pantsless... everyone.
 

Peklo

Oh! Create!
(they/them, she/her)
It's not a statement dealt in a vacuum, but based also on all his other work in the medium across the years, which I typically also haven't liked for similar reasons. That perception walked hand in hand with the writing direction of the series resurrection on 3DS where the art direction did its utmost to meet the written material on its exploitative wavelength. Everything was in creative sync for that stuff, much like how things improved in concert when Three Houses happened.
 
I think the character designs in Awakening are great! Surprised to hear otherwise.

It was the first time Fire Emblem seemed to catch on. I saw a bunch of FE cosplay at Magfest the few years afterwards, which would have boggled the mind in the GBA/DS era.
 
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