Publisher Idea Factory Interntional has shared new details regarding the Compile Heart and Sting-developed tactical JRPG, Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord, discussing the battle system, soundtrack, customization, and more.
Firstly, during battles, character orientation, Fairize transformations, field height, and the enhancing attributes of Song are the primary distinguishable factors. Fairize will amplify stats, provide character-specific skills, and alter attack ranges and effects, inherently changing approaches to fights. Regarding Song, the Muse’s Fairy Aria will strengthen allies within range of its usage, making the Muse’s grid positioning vital to take note of. While a Song plays, its Range or Intensity can be manually increased by the player, making the tool adaptable.
Further, when the Songs of enemy and ally Muses overlap, an event called Dramatic Resonance occurs where their provided effects will double in efficacy for both sides of the battlefield. This high-risk, high-return mechanic is one of the central facets of identity for this entry’s combat system.
Before battles begin, players must choose their party setup, such as unit placements, and items, view win and loss requirements, and change equipment. Additionally, the map’s terrain can be checked, ensuring that players are provided enough warning to know which six units can be placed on the field and where they should go. During a unit’s turn, four options will be consistently available; Attack, Skills, Item, and Wait. They’re all rather self-explanatory, though it’s worth noting that Skills arrive in Physical, Magic, Trap, and Special varieties. Further, if Fairizing is possible, that will be its own selectable option.
Another unique mechanic is Soul Gift, where allied units who battle close together will receive boons before and after they move. Multiple Soul Gifts are implied to be receivable, though they can only be granted if the allied unit’s placement is directly across in a straight line.
One last mechanic discussed is Avalanche Rush, enabling the party members in range to perform a rush attack once its associated gauge is full. Said gauge fills simply when allied units attack, and if activated in the range of a Song, the maneuver will become Avalanche Harmonics, enhancing dealt damage and inflicting more detrimental effects upon enemies.
Fairies can be customized and strengthened using Fairy Points earned from battles. Of the multiple Fairies that players will encounter, there are two types. The first, Partners, are unique to each character, and being strengthened will amplify their stats, instill new abilities and skills, and even provide character-specific skills. On the other hand, Partner Fairies, of which there are over 40, can be unequipped at will. Further, they can learn Custom Skills and Abilities, useable even if the Fairy housing them isn’t equipped.
Equipment comprises Armor, Accessories, and Fragments gained from fights, shops, and item synthesis. Fragments contain the aforementioned Soul Gift mechanic and are earned from the Location Shaping treasure hunting system.
Players can also look forward to multiple endings, with the story branching in the middle of the experience. Further, characters the players have gotten close to will have their own epilogues at the end of the narrative. It’s implied that the number of Furies collected will influence the storyline.
Missions asking the player to perform specific actions a specific number of times will grant varied rewards. As for Location Shaping, players can stab the weapon Furies into the world map to alter the land and find treasure. New items, equipment, and battle stages can be found by doing this action.
The Muse Fleur can equip special Fairies, with each having unique Songs. Song Fairies can be earned by completing quests via the Pub and Location Shaping. You can view some of the new Fairies and their introductory quotes via our gallery below:
Rhein – “Hi, I’m Rhein.
My name is like the beautiful rain.
Sounds pretty nice, huh?”
Nuvanska – “My name is Nuvanska.
My goal is to weaken the enemy with my music. If you require my help, I will be at your service.”
Kuku – “Kuku! Kuku! Kukukukukukuuuuuu!”
Huanran – “My name is Huanran.
With song and spear, I will bring peace.”
Muasha – “I am Muasha. I exist to protect the forest. Song is the power of the forest, and though you cannot take it, I can lend it to you.”
You can view new gameplay screenshots via our gallery below:
Lastly, the many talented singers who contributed their efforts to this game are highlighted, with profiles and clips of their performances. You can view each of these vocal artists, their profiles, and correlative music clips in-game below:
Fleur’s Music – Singers
Fleur VA – Yui Ishikawa / “Notes of Faith” – Debuted in 2007 as Dhianeila in the anime Heroic Age. She gained prominence by playing Mikasa Ackerman in the 2013 anime Attack on Titan. In the following year, she won Best Supporting Actress at the 8th Seiyu Awards. She won Best Lead Actress during the 15th (2020) Seiyu Awards. Her talents are not limited to voice acting, as she is a creative who engages in other projects as well, such as her solo project UTA-KATA which makes use of her wonderful singing ability.
Yoko Ishida / “The Pledging Petal” – Having won the Grand Prix at an anime singer contest in 1990, she debuted in March 1993 with the ending theme to Sailor Moon R, “Otome no Policy.” She has continued to sing and compose various anime and game theme songs. She has performed concerts in over 14 countries until now, and is active as an anime song (anisong) singer who is a bridge to the world. She is active not only in Japan, but her angelic voice has been heard around the world.
nicamoq / “Memories of the Key” – A vocalist who’s been an active artist since 2015. She collaborated on the song “Indoor-Kei Nara Track Maker” released by the track maker Yunomi, which has become talked of as a godly song which has surpassed over 30 million views on video upload sites. She’s been featured on many other popular tunes, and has charmed fans around the globe with her cute voice. She is also active as a duo in a new age pop unit called “BPM15Q.”
Miyuki Hashimoto / “Seed of the Sign” – Debuted in the 2003 PC game song “LINK.” Since then she’s become known as the “muse of the game world,” singing mainly PC game songs and occasionally anime theme songs. Her 2019 solo performance, which spanned material across 15 years since she debuted, streamed live simultaneously to several video sites to thousands of viewers. She not only has an established reputation as a singer, but as a lyricist as well.
Luna Haruna / “Eternal Fairy Tale” – Debuted in May 2021 in the ending theme for the 2nd season Fate/Zero, “Sora wa Takaku Kaze ha Utau.” She has been tasked with the theme songs for many anime series, such as Sword Art Online. Her popularity isn’t limited to Japan, and she’s had many live performances in the Asia and Western regions. She has charmed many people throughout the world. In addition to working as a design producer for the wedding dress brand LUNAMARIA, she’s also active as a lolita model.
Saki Mitsuki (Masked Girl) / “Shadow Boundary” – After her work in the groups “Slime Girls” and “Steam Girls” in September 2019, she was promoted to the highest unit within the Masked Girls, “Masked Girls: Alice Juban.” In June 2021, she released her first Masked Girls album, “MASK A RAID.” It ranked 1st in the Oricon Weekly Ranking Indies, and 11th overall. She has been the lead vocals for various songs during her work as a part of the Masked Girls that centers around live performances, and she’s cast her gaze towards solo performances in the future.
Glace’s Music – Singers
Glace VA – Yoko Hikasa / “Frozen Polar Nights” – In 2007, she debuted as Minamo Negishi in the anime “Sketchbook ~full color’S~”. She gained attention as Mio Akiyama in the 2009 popular anime K-ON!, and she’s voiced several major characters in anime since. Many of her fans are eagerly watching for her future work.
Kaori Oda / “Ignis Fatuus” – Notable for her singing talents since she was young, she’s performed as a vocalist in Yuki Kajiura’s solo project “FictionJunction,” as well as the musical group “Sound Horizon” sponsored by soundtrack creator, Revo. She’s been responsible for singing and writing lyrics for anime works, as well as theme songs for Otomate works, a popular game brand among women. In recent years, she’s expanded her work to including songwriting, and has been providing chorus support and vocal coaching to several artists.
Nami Tamaki / “The Fool” – She debuted as a singer with the 2013 single “Believe” from Sony Music along with winning the “New Artist of the Year” prize during the 18th Japan Gold Disc Awards. She has also earned high praise for her dance performances, and has toured overseas. In recent years, she has appeared in many stage productions such as the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.”
Aoi Fuji / “Fruit of Evil” – By the influence of her mother, a piano teacher, she began singing at a young age. With a desire to spread joy to others through song, she began her career in 2017 on YouTube with the concept of “being the cheerleader of your heart.” She uploads cover songs and various videos to her YouTube channel “Aoi ch.” In November 2018, she made her major debut with UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN. She is currently studying songwriting.
Aira Yuuki / “Curse of a Thousand Nights” – She debuted as a singer in 2007, with the opening theme “colorless wind” for the anime Sola. With her powerful singing ability she has been tasked with many theme songs for popular anime and games since. In recent years, in addition to writing lyrics for popular songs and character themes, she’s also been entrusted with voice production for anime. She’s definitely one to watch!
Chihiro Yonekura / “Fire in the Crescent Moon” – She debuted in 1996 with the opening theme song to the anime Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, “Arashi no Naka de Kagayaite,” as well as the ending theme song, “10 YEARS AFTER.” She’s active in a wide area as a songwriter, providing music composition to other artists. In 2021, 25 years after her debut, “25 YEARS AFTER ~All Time Best~” was released. She has gained attention for her expressive singing voice that combines both transparency and power.
The music production company that handled the vocal Muse tracks, and worked on several other Galapagos RPG games, shared the following comment:
“An unprecedented challenge of a “6×6 tiled musical mashup.” Even while we were uncertain if we could do such a thing, when we created the test version, I thought “this is amazing!” as if I wasn’t involved with this at all. What a sweet feeling when a different Muse’s song cuts in! There’s an unprecedented shock that courses through your veins when these combinations happen, and I’m so happy to have been involved with this project. I hope everyone can also enjoy this shock! I would be happy if you can soak in this game’s world along with the Muses’ songs.” (Music Composer: ZIZZ Studio Yoh Oyama)
Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord will launch PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in Spring 2023 in North America and Europe.
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