To say it’s taken a while it’s an understatement, but the Fire Emblem Fates art book is finally fated to arrive on 25th April 2019, in Japan. This information was provided by the Nintendo Dream editing team.
The art book’s full title is “Fire Emblem Fates: Visual Guide – Pellucid Crystal”. It’s produced by the team behind the Tellius and Echoes books, and is fully supervised by Intelligent Systems. Currently, it’s available to pre-order on Amazon Japan.
The book itself contains 320 pages, which cover various character artwork, taken from in-game visuals (including the Private Quarters) and concept designs. In addition, there will be movie scenes, outlines of the storyline of all three paths, plus details regarding the world and story.
When this news was announced, the game’s artist–Yusuke Kozaki–cautioned fans that the art book will not contain official artwork for every character. So those wishing to buy the book to see all the official artwork should bear this in mind.
But I should mention, not every character has an individual illustration. I know this is probably frustrating for those wishing to buy the book and expecting otherwise. To make up for that, I drew a spectacular piece for the book’s cover.
–Yusuke Kozaki, via Twitter (translated).
Last Saturday, Fire Emblem Cipher held its Winter 2019 livestream, showcasing many new cards and products. Following the livestream, additional new cards were revealed by the official Twitter account.
All of these cards belong to Series 16 “O Courage! O Soul Aflame!“, which features characters from Binding Blade, Shadows of Valentia, Radiant Dawn, and Heroes. This series launches on 22nd March, exactly one month away.
On the Radiant Dawn side, we have cards of Tormod from the Laguz Emancipation Army–as a Mage and Archsage–on the left. Plus Kurthnaga from Goldoa–as a Dragon Tribe and Dragon Prince–on the right.
Previously, they showed off artwork of Tormod that doesn’t match either of his two featured cards. I’m guessing that’s for Tormod’s Sage card.
Binding Blade gets a fearsome triplet of cards depicting the three Ostian Knights (Barthe, Gwendolyn and Bors) triggering the Triangle Attack. All three are promoted Generals. Read more
In what is starting to become a routine, Intelligent Systems has announced the next wave of Fire Emblem merchandise scheduled for March 2019.
As you can probably tell from the promotional image, this merchandise is intended for Japanese audiences, but there’s nothing to stop you from importing from places like AmiAmi and CDJapan.
This time, there’s slightly less on offer: 3 types of merchandise versus 4 in previous months. We’re not sure if this is a sign that they’re slowing down or if they simply want to give collectors a short break. Chances are we’ll find out soon enough!
Masking Tape – 800 Yen (excl. tax)
The first exhibit is a set of two Binding Blade decorative tapes, featuring portraits of popular(?) characters and the overhead map. As the example shows, you can overlay the second design to create your own maps. Each tape measures 10 m when fully extended.
Here’s something that might be interesting for music fans! On 23rd January 2019, Renka–the Japanese singer for “Lost in Thoughts All Alone” (the signature song of Fates)–will be releasing her very first album.
Known as “Hoshi no habatakuyoruwa”, which loosely translates to the “The Fluttering Night of Stars”, this album includes 12 tracks since her original debut back in 2015, when she first sang the Japanese version of “Lost in Thoughts All Alone”.
Of course, that particular song is among the 12 tracks. In addition, there’s a 13th bonus track that’s a new version of “Lost in Thoughts Alone” performed together with Lynn, Azura’s Japanese voice actress.
The album itself will retail for 3,000 Yen (plus tax). There’s also a special edition going for 3,700 Yen (plus tax), which includes a “3rd anniversary live voice” DVD with 9 music tracks (“Lost in Thoughts All Alone” not among them).
(Source: Renka’s official site)
Special thanks to @theprinceofiris for bringing this to my attention!