Ahead of the launch of the Koei Tecmo and Team NINJA action JRPG Fate /Samurai Remnant, we interviewed the game’s director, Ryota Matsushita, about various related subject matter.
In one exchange, we asked about the challenges that came with writing a vast Fate Grail War cast, with Matsushita remarking on how the internal writing team worked on Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
While he didn’t go into specifics regarding who these writers were, he emphasized that their skills carried over well to Samurai Remnant and provided appreciated synergy to the storytelling. In particular, the team was good at portraying the “ensemble drama,” meaning they depicted the in-depth dramatic narrative across a vast cast quite well.
We asked, “Trying to write an entire Grail War with a large cast is likely challenging, perhaps doubly so in the context of a console release. How did your team manage to focus on the several pairs of Masters and Servants as well as the supporting cast so everyone got time to shine?”
Matsushita-san shared, “When I look back at the game again now, I feel that characters look more attractive because the story basically unfolds from the perspective of the protagonist, Iori.” He continued, “Our internal writer team worked on “Fire Emblem: Three Houses,” and they are good at portraying an interesting ensemble drama in the game. The synergy with TYPE-MOON also helps bring a wonderful storytelling experience to the game.”
In Fate/Samurai Remnant, a battle of immense significance known as the Waxing Moon Ritual unfolds. This ritual holds the power to grant any and all wishes, serving as the focal point of the narrative. Seven individuals, known as Masters, are vying for the opportunity to have their wishes fulfilled through the Ritual. In their quest, these Masters summon seven Heroic Spirits, referred to as Servants, into this world to aid them in their endeavors. Thus commences the battle between these seven Masters and their loyal Servants.
Within the game, players will find themselves immersed in the city of Edo, where the Waxing Moon Ritual takes center stage. To achieve victory in this ritual, players must engage in a multifaceted action RPG experience that encompasses elements such as combat, exploration, and conversation. The game intricately weaves these elements together to provide a comprehensive gaming experience.
Fate /Samurai Remnant will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on September 29, 2023.
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