So, if you haven’t heard, Nintendo and Koei Tecmo are once again working together to bring a Nintendo style hack ‘n slash game to a Nintendo console and handheld. Last time it was Legend of Zelda via Hyrule Warriors. And now, we’re getting Fire Emblem via…well…Fire Emblem Warriors. Now, there’s a lot of hype behind this game, especially after E3, but, there is one big caveat. The roster.

Now, for those who love Fire Emblem, you know that every game has a wide variety of characters that are frankly just awesome. Yes, they’re headlined by Lords, but there’s a lot of great side characters as well. But, when the Fire Emblem Warriors team announced that only three games from the series would get the spotlight because “if they did all Lords there would just be all swords”, fans nearly rioted. But in a fun twist, as reported by an interview from Nintendo Dream, the dev staff almost did the same thing when Producer Yosuke Hayashi revealed that to the team:

“Some staff even got into quarrels with us to the point that they were saying ‘I’m going to leave this project’. They said bizarre things like ‘Hayashi doesn’t know anything about Fire Emblem!’. I had to make this bitter decision, because if we didn’t narrow them down it wouldn’t develop into [proper] gameplay! (laughs)”

So, naturally, since the game is almost done, that means that the team stayed on board. So, how did he get them to stay?

“If this game is well-received, we may be able to make a sequel.”

There you go, you want your favorite FE characters from games not named Shadow Dragon, Awakening and Fates to be in the next game? Well, then we better support this first one when it releases later this fall.

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    Karpa San

    Pretty glad I distanced myself from the community. Nothing but ruining itself post Awakening. They think the huge surge of new fans was a positive, but if they’re all sheeps then it’s just a massive negative.

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        Todd Black

        I agree with that too. Some people have seen this post and said that this guy “doesn’t understand Fire Emblem”. I think the opposite is true. He understands it a lot, and wants to make the best game possible within certain restrictions. And I respect that.

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      Todd Black

      Yeah, i agree that the community has gotten toxic. You should’ve seen the comments on the post I did for Facebook about this article. it was…rough.

      I agree with this director though, having balance is more important than having fan-favorite characters.

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        qwerty asdf

        There are absolutely favorites that would not have upset any semblance of “balance” – ESPECIALLY considering their choices in characters. Even their two new characters are sword users, and they’ve forgone characters like Hector, Lilina, Micaiah, Lethe (or seemingly any Laguz/shapeshifter), or even any variation WITHIN sword users – say, Lyn for faster, more agile gameplay, or Ike for heavier, more powerful attacks.

        There was so much they could’ve done, and so much they did COUNTER to “balancing” the game’s characters that I entirely doubt that was any kind of reason in the first place. It’s just an excuse to tell the media.

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    Taylor Young

    Y’know “Buy our game and maybe we’ll try to make something you’ll like next time if we feel like it” doesn’t fill me with confidence. This is the most transparent cash whoringmove I’ve seen since Ubisoft held Beyond Good and Evil 2 for ransom for like a decade, I have refused to buy a Ubisoft game since. And I refuse to support such obvious exploitation of the fans desire for what could have been a good game were the devs not blinded by greed. I’m a long time Fire Emblem fan saying to hell withFire Emblem Warriors, I hope it bombs HARD.

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      Todd Black

      I understand your frustration, I’m likely not going to get Ike, Ephraim or Eirika in this game, and that makes me sad.

      That being said, I don’t think they’re doing this as a money move. I really think it’s more about making the best game with characters from some of the most important FE titles. Shadow Dragon was the start, Awakening saved the franchise, and Fates (love it or hate it) was the best selling game in the series. It makes sense that these groups of characters got in.

      Besides, isn’t every fan different? Who’s to say which fans should get their wishes over others?

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        Taylor Young

        I understand why they made those picks, hence why I waited until now to say fuck this. What really bothers me is the stupid excuses. The game would be nothing but sword users? I’m sorry, I forgot that swords were the only weapons present in FE1-10. They’re saying the game couldn’t work with a diverse cast? Am I supposed to believe that Koei Tecmo, the company that often loads their games with as many characters as possible just all of a sudden has misgivings about using too many characters? I know I wasn’t going to get everyone I wanted, I’d love Camus but honestly his best hope is as a skin for Xander and I was fine with that. But instead of using fan favorite axe user Hector they give Lissa an axe? What are the gameplay ramifications of using Hector over Lissa or Ike over Ryoma? It’s just such obvious BS and these excuses just feel like an insult to my intelligence. And how much more obvious does it need to be, they basically said if you didn’t get what you want buy it and hope it get’s a sequel. That could not be more obvious if they openly declared “Buy it you sheep!”