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Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, known in Japan as Genei Ibunroku♯FE (幻影異聞録♯FE, lit. Illusory Revelation♯FE) is the working title for an upcoming RPG for the Wii U. A collaboration between Atlus and Intelligent Systems, it is a crossover between the Fire Emblem series and the Shin Megami Tensei series. The game was announced via a teaser trailer during a Nintendo Direct video presentation on January 23, 2013.

For the following two years, information on the game following the initial teaser was sparse. Nintendo's Hitoshi Yamagami revealed to the magazing Hobby Consolas in an interview published on July 9, 2013 that the game will be set in the modern era. Yamagami, who had previously desired to see a Fire Emblem set in the modern era, was the person that pitched the initial idea of a collaboration effort to Atlus.

Nearly a year later, on June 11th 2014, Yamagami and other members of Intelligent Systems held a Q&A during E3 focused on their just-announced new intellectual property Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. During the Q&A, the question of Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem's status was brought up. Yamagami responded by saying that development was "on schedule", but did not elaborate any further.

ReleaseEdit

On April 1, 2015, Nintendo unveiled the first proper trailer for the game in a Nintendo Direct, showcasing the game's look, as well as snippets of gameplay, cutscenes, and character interactions. The game is stated to be released in Q3/Q4 in 2015 in Japan. It also showed some of the main protagonists and enemies. According to the trailer, the game seems to take place in a modern day Japan, where at night monsters come out and the heroes use weapons and classes of the different Fire Emblem characters to fight them off, even bearing similarities to them, such as the boy with blue hair who looks remarkably similar to Marth and a girl dressing as a stylized form of Shiida. Tiki is shown to be in the game and is in her younger self from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon instead of her adult self from Fire Emblem: Awakening. In-universe, she appears to be a celebrity, her visage appearing on ads in the city but also shows up in a mysterious temple that is not in the modern day. The villains Gangrel and Aversa also appear in the trailer as enemies, though in much more stylized, demonic forms reminicent of the demons seen in the Megami Tensei franchise.

The trailer was set to the song "Reincarnation," which in the game is a number one hit on the charts and performed by the character Kiria Kurono, a pop singer. Though the song has an upbeat tone, the lyrics reference darker desires to destroy, to disappear, and to be reincarnated. Music in general appears to be a central theme of the game, as musical references can be seen elsewhere, such as combat system's UI. Tiki also appears to be a singer or celebrity in the modern world, though this is only evidenced through posters in the trailer that portray her as such. Finally, the game's Japanese title ♯FE, or Sharp FE, is both a reference to Fire Emblem and possibly to the musical notes F Sharp and E Sharp.

CharactersEdit

  • Kiria Kurono (黒乃霧亜): A singer and playable character. She is able to take on the guise of the Mage class. (The "Kuro" in her surname means black; possibly a reference to black or dark magic.)
  • Tsubasa Oribe (織部つばさ): A high school student and playable character. She is able to take on the guise of the Pegasus Knight class. (Her given name "Tsubasa" is the Japanese word for wings.)
  • Itsuki Aoi (蒼井樹): A high school student and possibly the main protagonist. He is able to take on the guise of the Lord class. (His surname "Aoi" is the Japanese word for blue, the color of hair shared by most Fire Emblem Lords.)
  • Toma Akagi (赤城斗馬): Works at a sentai hero stage show. He is able to take on the guise of the Cavalier class. (The characters in Toma's given name refer to horses, while his surname means "red castle".)

Fire Emblem related charactersEdit

The Fire Emblem characters that appeared in the initial trailer in 2013 were:

MarthDS Caeda (Shadow Dragon Artwork) Roy (Binding Blade Artwork) Lilina Image-Lyndis
Marth Shiida Roy Lilina Lyn
Eliwood Fe7Hector Fess-eirika Fess-ephraim Ike (FE9 Artwork)
Eliwood Hector Eirika Ephraim Ike
Princess Elincia Micaiah (FE10 Artwork) Sothe (FE10 Artwork) Chrom (FE13 Artwork) MaskedMarth
Elincia Micaiah Sothe Chrom Lucina

Characters that appeared in the April 2015 Nintendo Direct trailer:

Tiki (Shadow Dragon Artwork) Gangrel (FE13 Artwork) Aversa (FE13 Artwork)
Tiki Gangrel Aversa

EtymologyEdit

The Japanese title Genei Ibunroku♯FE is derived from Megami Ibunroku (女神異聞録, lit. Goddess Revelation), the prefix used to designate several spin-offs of the Shin Megami Tensei series in Japan.

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