On Saturday, the Fire Emblem Cipher team held the Cipher Series 16 Pre-Release Livestream live over NicoNico and YouTube! Ryota Kawade, Young, and Juri Kimura were our hosts.
As usual, the stream primarily focused on showing off more cards for S16, which comes out this week! We also got a look at some upcoming promos, lots of art for S17, and also a look at some merch. Check out everything below!
A few weeks ago, the Nintendo Switch reached its 2nd anniversary. To remind Japanese consumers that it’s still going strong, Nintendo released a couple of Spring-time adverts featuring recent and upcoming games.
Interestingly, Three Houses was one of the games shown. That said, you probably know it releases on 26th July, which I’m fairly sure falls under Summer. Perhaps they’re slowly building up hype or was the advert produced while it was still a Spring release?
Sadly, despite being completely new footage, the footage itself is very short–no longer than 6 or 7 seconds in total. Also, everything is off-screen and blurry, so it’s extremely difficult to look at the details. That said, I tried my best…
First up, we’re shown a glimpse of Byleth performing a coordinated gambit on what I think is a Thief (as in the affiliation, not the class). He orders his battalion to charge the enemy, similar to what Edelgard did in the second trailer. You can also see the same glowing effect above his name box.
In the background, you can hear Fódlan Winds (aka Fódlan’s Dawning Wind), which is a battle map song that appears in the second trailer–and was also recently showcased alongside the Japanese special edition. Most likely this is an early-game song.
Perhaps the most important thing: this is the first time we clearly hear (male) Byleth’s voice. Previously, we hadn’t heard Byleth speak in any dialogue scenes or (obviously) in battle. This led some fans to wonder if he/she is a silent protagonist.
Back from the Bound Hero Battle bench is the duo of Ishtar and her friend/protector Reinhardt from FE titles Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776.
If this is your first rodeo with the BHB, you can collect Orbs for completing each of the difficulties (hard, Lunatic, and Infernal) for the first time. You can also earn up to 5 Orbs for completing the extra quests.
You have until the 26th of March, 6:59am UTC to complete all the quests before the event and its quests disappear.