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#1 VincentASM

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:38 AM

Old news, but shocking news.

 

In an interview with the Spanish magazine "Hobby Consolas", published on 22nd April, the developers remarked that Fire Emblem: Awakening could have been the last game in the Fire Emblem series if sales weren't up to scratch. (Thanks to Fire Emblem: Wars of Dragons for picking this up.)

 

The full quote, translated by Albafika:
 

Question: Fire Emblem has had a long lifetime. Do you get the feeling it gets harder to release a new episode every time?

Yamagami: No doubt. Truth be told, sales are dropping. The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descend on sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we'd stop working on the saga. I remember when I came back from the meeting and told the team "My God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!". Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put everything we always wanted to include. That's how this new project was born!

Curiously, there's a similar statement in the interview in the June 2013 issue of Nintendo Dream.

Translated by shadowofchaos:

 

Maeda: Yes, we can say that now, but I have to admit there was a time during development when we thought "This might be the end of the FE series if Awakening doesn't sell well".

 

Fortunately for us, sales of Awakening far exceeded expectations, selling around 500,000 copies in Japan and over 240,000 copies in North America.

However, I think it's shocking to know that the series could have ended if things had taken a different turn. Perhaps the fact that Heroes of Light and Shadow didn't get localised was a sign that Nintendo was getting ready to pack the bags with the series...


Edited by VincentASM, 23 May 2013 - 12:32 PM.


#2 Levant Caprice

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:41 AM

Eek... I'm glad the game sold well then.


Edited by Levant Fortner, 22 May 2013 - 11:43 AM.


#3 Vashiane

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:42 AM

Eek... that's a scary thought. Good thing the game did super well then. :)



#4 JSND

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:45 AM

IIRC 9 and 10 kinda bombed

 

 

but..... yeah thats sad. Remind me of a certain franchise



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:53 AM

Good thing it sold so much, Fire Emblem is one of the last series that I'd like to see disappear. I guess that's why the SMTxFE announcement was so vague because it probably a product of the turn around they made with Awakening.



#6 Ike-Mike

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:56 AM

See, you can achieve anything when you're under pressure!

And this is why any project should be done as if it were your last.



#7 Luminous Dharc

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:56 AM

Think on the bright side:

The fact that it sold BETTER than expected pretty much means that we will get an FE14 in the future.

 

So eh, I'm not that worried.



#8 shadowofchaos

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:01 PM

It was literally their "we'll go out with a bang" project.

#9 VincentASM

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:03 PM

So, I guess that makes Fire Emblem: Awakening the "Final Fantasy" of Fire Emblem : P



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:03 PM

Hopefully this sort of situation will not arise again... but, as things stand, there is no guarantee that it won't. 



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:05 PM

^Yeah as a niche genré it's probably still on a knifes edge dependent on how the future releases do.

 

But I wonder since the DLC did well I wonder if there's the chance it may actually largest earning and as a result most successful Fire Emblem title.


Edited by arvilino, 22 May 2013 - 12:08 PM.


#12 Sasori

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:06 PM

Thank god I did't hear this before Awakening was released or else I would have gone in panic mode.



#13 Sunwoo

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:09 PM

That's quite scary to think about.



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:11 PM

Surprised that Awakening could have been the last Fire Emblem. At the very least, since IS learned how to make an amazing selling Fire Emblem game, I think there will be more good games to come.

 

 

So, I guess that makes Fire Emblem: Awakening the "Final Fantasy" of Fire Emblem : P

If that is truly the case, then Fire Emblem will go on to sell millions of copies on future titles.


Edited by Shadow Stalker X, 22 May 2013 - 12:12 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:14 PM

See, you can achieve anything when you're under pressure!

And this is why any project should be done as if it were your last.

I gotta agree on this.

 

So, I guess that makes Fire Emblem: Awakening the "Final Fantasy" of Fire Emblem : P

lmao, nice play on the concept.

 

If that is truly the case, then Fire Emblem will go on to sell millions of copies on future titles.

Even more!

 

But this is seriously a depressing idea... Though it probably helped boost how well they did the game and everything, it's still depressing. :( So, I'm also one of those glad that FE13 did as well as it did.

 

Although... What are the numbers for Europe? I know there have been threads about the sales in Europe, but any official numbers (maybe to be added to the OP)?



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:16 PM

Well, I would have definitely regretted if this game would have marked the end of the series.

 

But I am definitely surprised that they were so close to the end. The last two games were remakes.

At least the way I always saw it, such games are secure moneymakers but nothing to reach really high sales.


Edited by BrightBow, 22 May 2013 - 12:18 PM.


#17 shadowofchaos

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:17 PM

So, I guess that makes Fire Emblem: Awakening the "Final Fantasy" of Fire Emblem : P

If that is truly the case, then Fire Emblem will go on to sell millions of copies on future titles.


We had an influx of new fans thanks to FE13.

And frankly I was feeling so hipster when everyone and their mother in the game room this semester was playing Awakening... thankfully Monster Hunter came out.

"It's mainstream" pretty much when it's getting crossovers.

...though I have to say, like a lot of fandoms that have popularity, at least enough new influx of fans... it has, how should I say... "awakened the best and worst of the fandom".


Well despite that...

*Holds up glass for a toast*

Here's to the bright future for FE.

Edited by shadowofchaos, 22 May 2013 - 12:18 PM.


#18 Vashiane

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:21 PM

Well said, Rey, well said. :) 

 

Here's to FE14 and beyond.



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:23 PM

Well, I would have definitely regretted if this game would have marked the end of the series.

 

But I am definitely surprised that they were so close to the end. The last two games were remakes.

At least the way I always saw it, such games are secure moneymakers but nothing to reach really high sales.

 

Well, it's quite possible they looked further past, since as I understand it the Tellius games didn't do that well either, at least in Japan. So it's possible they got grouped in the "decreasing sales" statement.



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:29 PM

Good thing Awakening released faster than most RPG games in 3DS.

I believe it is one of the factor new fans buy Awakening.

 

Actually is Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn sell well?

I'm not sure about Gamecube and Wii itself.






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