Yes, Fire Emblem Fates has released universally in North America! Special Edition owners are running frantically, as Best Buy’s last minute orders are falling apart and some shipments are looking to be delayed, but the games are out on shelves today! Nintendo’s Digital Downloads are available, and the Downloadable Content Pack “Before Awakening” is currently free for download. Go get it while you can!
Recently, an interview with Azura voice actress Rena Strober surfaced, highlighting some struggles the voice acting community faces and the internet has even thrown out criticism towards her talents. Our site reacted and users on our forums started up a Fan-Support thread.
Yesterday, we were graced with a new member to Serenes Forest, Ms. Rena Strober herself, who commented on the dozens of positive posters and the community as a whole with a relief-filled message of her own:
Dear AMAZING people on this thread. Sorry it took me a while to get logged in..but i finally figured it out!
Let me first say that I’ve ready every single comment and am moved beyond belief at your kindness and support.
I’ve worked on many games but mostly come from the Broadway/TV world where there aren’t as many people voicing opinions on the internet. I had no idea I was about to become part of something so big and so exciting. Anything of this magnitude is going to come with its lovers & haters.
I’m learning quickly to disregard unwarranted criticism and focus on my work and the amazing FE fans!! I’m also doing what I love everyday..singing and bringing life to these awesome characters and feel lucky to do so.
It’s so easy to get swept up in the drama and lose site of what’s really important…to tell the story and hope that players enjoy the journey.
I feel very lucky to have fans like you and hope you continue to enjoy my work. I loved singing for FE and I’ve got more exciting projects in the works.
Please keep in touch and I’ll do the same…and thanks again for turning a crappy day into one I’ll never forget!!!
With Deep Gratitude,
Fire Emblem has been the center of quite a bit of controversy in the gaming journalism world, but the fans out there are what drives the franchise forward and keeps it relevant. Support like this shows that the fan community is strong, and makes me proud to be part of Serenes Forests’ family.
But that’s just the game and our singular community. What about critic’s reception?
Reviewers are generally positive, with general scores hovering around a high 8/10 universally. A few outliers exist, but no major reviewer has placed any of the three Fates games below a 7/10.
What about our site and general info for the games themselves? While fans get involved by either playing the game or showing their support where they can, VincentASM is busy rebuilding the Fates section of our site. The game’s been pretty handily broken into by data miners, so expect a flood of new information (primarily Audio Files and localized naming changes and information) to be posted soon!
Show your support in our thread or right to Rena Stober at her Twitter handle!
Artwork by Serenes Forest user Crushie