This week, an official soundtrack for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was announced! It includes five CDs packed in a three-sided digipack and a bunch of other goodies, too. Front and center on the digipack is some gorgeous new artwork of Alm and Celica by the Echoes official artist, Hidari.
The four audio CDs contain over five hours worth of music, including music only found in DLC, music from the original Gaiden, and the Fire Emblem Cipher main theme. The fifth CD is a Data CD containing .mp3 files for you to listen to digitally and an HD version of the title movie. Other perks include:
- A 24-page full colour booklet containing development tales from the games’ composers.
- Five postcards with artwork of Alm and Celica
- Stickers of various Echoes characters
- An Alm Cipher promotional card
The OST comes out on 25 October with an MSRP of ¥5,300. International pre-orders are currently up on CDJapan and Amazon Japan. A full track-list can be found below.
Back in May, Nintendo Dream conducted a post-launch interview with the developers of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Thanks to Kirokan, this interview has now been translated into English.
In the interview, the developers reflect on the player feedback received after launch and discuss how certain design choices were made, such as the inclusion of new characters and Alm becoming left-handed.
We were incredibly anxious due to development limitations, as well as wondering whether the newer fans of the series would be accepting of this game. So after seeing the great response the game got, well, it was a relief!
They even briefly mention Fire Emblem Switch and touch on some Fire Emblem Heroes-related trivia.
With the experience and “know-how” gained from Awakening and Fates, we attempted to make [the people] in both this game and the next one on Switch closer to realistic proportions and movements.
Whereas really, the FEH side just wanted another archer unit [with Faye].
You can read the full interview over on Kantopia or our forums.
This is a small heads up for those who don’t frequent the forums or the Fire Emblem side of Reddit or Youtube.
Recently I’ve been working on a short video series related to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, dubbed Valentia Out-of-Bounds.
In the videos, I visit several locations from the game–from Ram Village all the way to Rigel Castle–but beyond the imposed boundaries of the game. Hence the “out-of-bounds”.
If you’re interested in seeing these in-game locations from an entirely different perspective, you’re welcome to take a gander!
For some of the later videos, I’ve even swapped the lead character to shake things up. Like Emperor Rudolf featured in the picture above.
A new challenge awaits you in Fire Emblem Heroes! Today marks the beginning of a new event: Bound Hero Battles. The first Bound Hero Battle features the two lords from the newest game, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Bound Hero Battles function very similarly to Grand Hero Battles. They’re available in three difficulties, and all four heroes must survive the map in order to earn your rewards. However, you do not earn a new hero as a prize. Instead, Orbs are rewarded for completing each map. You earn 2 Orbs for Hard, 3 for Lunatic, and 4 for Infernal.
A new Summoning Focus banner is also available! Within the Alm and Celica’s Battle banner, you can summon 5★ versions of three Echoes characters: Genny, Clair, and Lukas. Alm, Faye, Mae, and Boey are also still available in the current Tempest Trials banner.
The Alm & Celica Bound Heroes Battle and its associated Summoning Focus will be available for one week until 13 July at 6:59am UTC. Do your best to complete these maps and earn some useful Orbs!