Vestaria Saga: Second Trailer

With just a few months before its release, Shouzou Kaga released a second trailer for his free indie title, Vestaria Saga I: The Exiled Knight and the Star Maiden.

Note: All images belong to Shouzou Kaga.

The last time we had a trailer was back in August 2015, at which point the game was roughly 10% complete. Fast forward around 9 months and the game (the first part) is now 90% complete, with just a few graphics to be finalised.

According to Kaga, roughly 15 volunteers contributed to the Vestaria Project. The expected release date for the first part is August/September 2016; when complete, it will be released as free software.

The trailer itself opens with a nostalgic world map scene depicting the events that lead up to the war. In June of 1024, officials traveling from the Solvian Empire were caught in a boat fire at the Meledan port of Frist.

Zechs is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Zechs is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

While the Meledans claimed that the incident was caused by local ruffians, the Solvian survivors pointed the finger at the Meledan army instead. As a result, the imperial Emperor Manneus declared war on Meleda for the attack.

Due to the impressive tactics of the imperial commander Ajax and betrayal from their allies, the Meledan army suffered an overwhelming defeat. The defeated Meledan army were forced to retreat to the royal capital of Regina.

There, Duke Redessa’s son Zechsrias prepared to repel the enemy as acting commander. However Meleda’s allies feared the imperial threat and turned tail to their respective nations, causing the collapse of the Anti-Imperial Alliance.

Zeidreese, the hero of the game, is ordered by his older brother Zechs to flee with Princess Atolfis to the southern port city of Fral, where they can seek travel to the bustling business city Venecia, home of Zeid’s older sister.

The next part of the trailer showcases snippets of various dialogue scenes, featuring the diverse cast of characters. Around the 1:20 mark, we see Zechs presumably being suppressed by the imperial invaders.

Afterwards, we get a peak at various battle, dialogue and map scenes. There’s a lot to digest, but with little context behind them, I’ll just mention the most significant ones.


Seven countries. Seven rings and seven maidens?

At 1:57, Zeid and Garland, a religious-looking character who appears frequently in the trailer (perhaps Zeid’s tactician?) discuss the “Land of Sorcery and Enjoyment”, one of the seven nations of Vestaria.

According to Garland, it was formed by the “Wandering Mage Sphere”, one of the five heroes who liberated Magul Island 600 years ago. Observant fans may recall Akkord being a “Sphere Mage”, which may be related.

At 2:05, a skeletal “Underworld Knight” emerges out of nowhere and attacks Zeid. Next, around 2:20, Zeid goes toe to toe with a fire-breathing Cave Dragon. Kaga sure loves his monsters and dragons!

Around 3:58, Lydia the Sweet Bard (my best guess at her class name) appears to literally whip Talys the Savant to allow him to move again. Whoa, that’s pretty extreme! Now I’m curious about what her “Ripwhip” spell does…

Hopefully Nintendo don't notice...

Hopefully Nintendo don’t notice…

From 4:19, there’s a dialogue scene between Aslan (above), Ritton (centre) and Nyna (below). It seems the castle has been invaded and Nyna wants to find her mother. However, Aslan warns that as the Earth Maiden, Nyna mustn’t endanger herself.

It’s impossible not to comment on the similarity of Nyna’s design with another Kaga-era priestess–Deirdre from Genealogy of the Holy War. Plus the name “Nyna” is totally shamelessly borrowed from Shadow Dragon.

Finally, near the 5:00 mark, a soldier reports to Garland that the enemy has 5 times their numbers. Garland remarks that their mission is to buy time for the others and places his faith in Zeid and Prince Soltin. This scene appears to take place in Chapter 15.

The trailer finishes off with the game’s updated logo and subtitle, “The Exiled Knight and the Star Maiden”, to reflect that it’s the first of two parts. With luck, the first part will be well-received and Kaga will be motivated to finish his story!

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  • Dark Kain

    There are definitely some Jugdral feelings. The leader of the dragon/wyvern knights at 4:08 looks remarkably like Arion.

    • Exactly my thoughts, this looks legit as hell. I’d rather pay full price for this than the mess that was Awakening.

      • FakeEmotion

        Awakening wasn’t a “mess” you just didn’t like it, after all its only a vocal minority of people that disliked Awakening, while the people that did among older FE fans stayed quite, the new FE fans Awakening attracted were quite vocal. I’ve played every FE game that NoA has actually brought west and I’ve enjoyed them all.

        • RNM714

          Eh… it kinda was a mess though. A fun mess, an excellent example of how a perfectly balanced game is not needed to have a grand old time, but a mess nonetheless.

          It also was missing a lot of the complex map objectives that make up the more memorable Fire Emblem missions. The only one I can really remember from Awakening was Tikki’s recruitment mission

  • An Tran

    Can’t wait! Hope English translators can make a patch soon!
    Though, are they using vocaloids for the music? O__O

  • Michael Ingram

    You can really tell he didn’t have a budget for this. Maybe it’s time for him to just bow out gracefully.

    • Aveyn Knight

      The man’s doing it for fun and self-satisfaction, not for profits or even other peoples’ satisfaction. So he’s got nothing to lose and nobody to win over.

      The fact some fans can enjoy another of his works in this day and age, even with zero budget, is a mega bonus : )

      • Michael Ingram

        I understand that, but the fact that he’s hanging on to his FE legacy after so long makes him seem pitiful. He’s like the guy who had his 15 minutes of fame and won’t let go.

        • Xander Gillam

          To be honest, I am more excited for this game than Fates even.

        • Sentinel

          Well heaven forbid he hold on to some semblance of the franchise he created.

          • Michael Ingram

            He gave up that right when he chose to leave IS. As an independent contractor he’s free to make whatever kind of game he can imagine, but instead he continues to double down on the same thing he’s been making for 25+ years. At least when Sakurai left HAL he created something new rather than just make a Kirby or Smash clone.

          • Xander Gillam

            Considering the direction the new games are going, can you blame the guy?

          • Michael Ingram

            If by more popular and mainstream than ever, yes I can. Kaga is sore loser who can’t deal with the fact that Fire Emblem is a success, and he’s a footnote at best.

          • Xander Gillam

            The gameplay feels much too casual added with no permadeath is even an option. More popular does not equal quality.

            Really, all you have been doing in these comments is trying to make flame posts basically pulling every disrespecting piece of defamation just to talk ill of the guy. If you actually had some real criticism instead of flaming in the comments section, you would not be close to banning.

          • James

            here here, I’d refrain from banning the poor guy. I’d like to see one flamer actually make a good point from their hate. It can’t be done.

          • James

            footnotes are the most luxurious part of the book, they are the meat and bones of any success story, Awakening was to be Nintendo’s last if not a major success. It was a hot mess still with a mixture of old ideas. Kaga is a giant more than the entire company. So i give him credit despite his fine and legal oppression. Popularity does not mean quality, nor respect. Pokemon has unending shows and merchandise pumped, but where is the quality?

            Another point, Kaga’s material is only official in Japan, while FE releases world-wide after and Nintendo could still not make the same numbers at home. They were on a decline.

          • James

            He didn’t give up anything and fame is not his motive. He just wants to do what he loves. Nintendo is about fame money and rights. Kaga clearly points, if he had been fired for any choice he made, he would make his death bed then live without creating. Under Hiroshi Yamauchi, there was much sacrifice in his tenure. Gunpei Yokoi at least gave him the ability and space to get everything in possible.

            I doubt kaga could have predicted how the series was going to go. He made a new game and was planning a sequel while Nintendo was scrambling to make a meager Fuuin no Tsuruji. I doubt the man could draw off the series. I don’t see any evidence of any FE features input from 6-13 in the past 15 years.

          • Akira Rei

            Gunpei Yokoi…..wasn’t he the guy who made the Gameboy?

          • James

            Yup, Yokoi was essential in dealing with Yamauchi, otherwise Kaga would have left sooner.

        • hijitan

          …maybe he just likes fantasy and SRPGs?

  • KoriCongo

    This looks pretty goddamn awesome, but I fear SRPG Studio’s performance issues is gonna hinder the game big time. Hopefully by the time its out someone improved either the engine or the game.

    That poor Wyvern Knight’s spear flip looks so badass and bad at 12 FPS…

  • Raiden

    Is that Hatsune Miku singing the theme?

    • Jyosua

      It’s definitely vocaloid music.

  • Jyosua

    The battle animations, I think, need to be fleshed out a little more, but it definitely looks like the right mix of new and old RPG aesthetic style. I hope the battle mechanics are on par, too. It was a little jarring to hear vocaloid music though, lol.

    • James

      I remember him saying that he was least interested in boasting graphics. That was my turnoff as well but once i seen the first trailer all negatives were buried.

    • FakeEmotion

      Well not being made for profit its easier to use a Vocaloid for a team of 15 than it is to hire a singer, as one of them might already own the program.

  • hijitan

    to be honest, i don’t think it looks particularly good… visually it’s pretty ugly and the level design seems cluttered and messy… but i mean it’s not out yet so who knows, i’m still looking forward to it. hopefully i can still read it with my limited understanding of kanji

    • James

      Kaga being an author and all, uses thick, deep, and very uncommon highly proficient Kanji. Like an english professor using big words. The writers Masaki Kajishima and Naoko Hasegawa are the same in respect.

      I could not get through awakening. It felt like chore. They still didn’t change the formula in iF, but at least there is some new dynamics between each chapter like in Radiant dawn.

  • Mattey

    Nyna looks just like Deidre lol.
    Looks pretty good, like an old FE game.

  • Bcardia

    Ugh, not fond of the music at all. In general, I’m not really feeling this. But then again, I’m not as much of a Kaga admirer as some others are. The only Kaga-FE I consider outstanding is probably Seisen no Keifu.

    But I’m still interested in trying this out, so hopefully someone will work on an english patch.

    • James

      I was not a Kaga fan at all at first, but now I cant resist anything he touches. For instance, TearRing Saga, suffered from the gameplay soundbits, but the actual soundtrack he produced was almost full ochestral thus making it ear soothing. It was very hard for me to try out pre FE7 music from Tsujiyoko, but I think she was as good then as ever despite the chiptune noise.

      what is software going to run on? Mobile, Computer?

    • FakeEmotion

      Really I liked every musical track in this trailer, I find them all to be enjoyable.