Fire Emblem Cipher‘s official website updated on Thursday with a new Frontier column. These columns are a fun way to share news announcements in the guise of a conversation between the Cipher mascots: Emma, Shade, Yuzu, and Lando.
This update focuses on some news for the upcoming Series 9 and also some Cipher events that will take place in Japan this summer. The column can be read here if you know Japanese, but the important bits for international Cipher fans are listed below.
Images for S9 booster packs and the new structured deck have now been revealed! As expected, Alm will be the focus character of the ST Deck. Entitled “Lands of the Gods”, the deck will feature characters from Fire Emblem Echoes. It will also include a download code for four in-game items.
In about five hours, at 11:30 PM EDT (GMT -5), Nintendo will be putting on their FEH Channel update, which looks to be about a ten minute livestream covering things to come.
Little information beyond that is known, so if you want to see what surprises lie in store, check it out!
If you’re hoping to watch this from Japan, Niconico will be streaming it here.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia has been out for a week in Japan now. Starting today, players can download “Gift from the Goddess 2”, which grants a rare Villager’s Fork item, but only once per save.
When equipped with this item (which cannot be found in-game), any character who isn’t Alm or Celica can Class Change to a Villager at a Mila Shrine, allowing them to explore other class paths and gain more Levels.
In related news, Kirokan has kindly translated a rather lengthy interview with the Echoes development staff from the June 2016 issue of Dengeki, which came out recently. You can read it on Kirokan’s website, or over on our forums.
You may have already seen an out-of-context quote from this interview posted on various gaming sites; if so, we definitely recommend reading the entire interview (or at least the relevant parts) to see what the developers really meant.
Besides that, the interview provides a lot of insight not just for Echoes, but for the well-being and future of the series. There’s even a sneaky mention of the abandoned real-time Fire Emblem game.
A special thanks to Kirie for sharing the interview!