Recently, S_Kaga unveiled a prototype for a new Vestaria Saga side-story on his blog. Known as Vestaria Saga Gaiden: Norden Civil War, it focuses on the conflict within the Kingdom of Norden and occurs around the same time as another side-story, Holy Sword of Silvanister.
(Many thanks to MovesetMaker for sharing this info via Reddit. Screenshots belong to S_Kaga and Vestaria Project.)
For reference, Norden Civil War is actually the 3rd side-story in the Vestaria Saga series. A full sequel “Vestaria Saga II” is also in the works, although it’ll be longer before it comes into fruition. The original Vestaria Saga was released back in 2016 and officially localised during 2019.
Unlike the other games in the series, Norden Civil War is not a traditional Strategy RPG, like the Fire Emblem games. Instead, it’s a territorial-based strategy game, similar to “Nobunaga’s Ambition”. The reason for the genre change is because S_Kaga wants to try something fresh–and because he can.
Players will be able to control up to 40 characters, each with multiple squads attached to them. The game will apparently feature a fairly realistic depiction of war, as 7 tribal nations vie for control of Norden. There isn’t a singular protagonist and the story will be quite broad, similar to TearRing Saga.
English fans are still waiting for the official translation of Vestaria Saga I, the latest game by the creator of the Fire Emblem series. But lo and behold, S_Kaga has just released both of his brand new gaiden (side story) games on the same day.
Left: Silverbirch’s Sacred Sword, Right: Heroes of Lucca
You can download the games via the official Vestaria Saga webpage. Check the Download page, then scroll to the bottom. You’ll need to click the top option to accept the terms and conditions. Then the download links will appear.
The first download link is for the original Vestaria Saga I, while the next is for Silverbirch’s Sacred Sword and the third is for Heroes of Lucca. Like the original game, the side stories are Japanese-only and available on PC only.
Although knowledge of Vestaria Saga I isn’t necessary, it is highly recommended that you play it first because both side stories are deeply connected. All three games are free, although the English version of Vestaria Saga I will be paid (to offset translation costs).
Since last year, it’s been relatively quiet on the Vestaria front. A few days ago, the Twitter account for the Vestaria series revealed that the official English translation of Vestaria Saga I is planning to release this Summer.
The tentative title screen for Zeid’s Gaiden. It’s quite popular already!
Note: All images belong to S_Kaga and Vestaria Project.
In addition, progress towards the two Gaiden games is going smoothly. Originally, Zeid’s Gaiden, “Silverbirch’s Sacred Sword”, was also planned for a Summer release. However, there has been a lot more work than anticipated, so it’s expected to slip into 2019.
While we’re waiting, here’s some information related to Zeid’s Gaiden that S_Kaga shared with us around late 2017.
Karajan is one of many disposable characters.
Firstly, there will be “disposable characters” introduced into the game. Previously, many SRPGs (including Vestaria) have a heavy focus on characters, which can make them awkward to play as players are often forced to reset when a valuable character dies.
This time, playable characters will be divided into normal characters (the returning characters from Vestaria Saga I + new important characters) and disposable characters. Disposable characters can be identified by a personal skill (seemingly an exclamation mark).
Almost a year after Vestaria Saga I was released, S_Kaga has revealed his upcoming plans for the series on his blog.
(Image copyright S_Kaga)
Instead of Vestaria Saga II, fans can look forward to not one but two gaidens (side-stories) deeply connected to the first game.
From our understanding, the main body of volunteers working on the 2nd game (Vestaria Saga II) are taking a much-needed break. But rather than keep us waiting, S_Kaga wants to use this downtime to flesh out the stories introduced in the first game.
Here are the details that S_Kaga shared with his followers: