Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem “right on schedule”
posted on 06.11.14 at 10:27 PM EDT by (@salromano)
"If I answer in any more detail I will lose my job."

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem

Nintendo announced Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem for Wii U in January 2013 without a word since—other than that it’s an RPG. At the developer round table for the reveal of developer Intelligent Systems’ new 3DS game Code Name S.T.E.A.M. tonight, one attendee asked for an update.

“No no no no no,” Nintendo’s Hitoshi Yamagami said. “We’re right on schedule, but if I answer in any more detail I will lose my job so please have mercy on me.”

Thanks, Polygon.

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  • Zackasaur

    “Right on schedule” is easy to say when there is no public schedule. xD

    Lots of games are right on schedule, like The Last Guardian. :P

    But, hey, I’m patient and understanding. Can’t wait for both!

    • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

      Right on schedule, schedule is to start development in 2015.

      • Zackasaur

        Ha, right? You get the idea.

  • ECM

    That’s more of a TGS/Japanese Nintendo Direct type of game, at least for its debut.

  • SirRamonTercero

    My soul feels a little more peace

  • Anime10121
  • PrinceHeir

    Right on schedule!

  • fireemblembeast

    Good to know they at least acknowledge its existence!
    But jeez, poor Yamagami lol

  • 罪罰

    The soundtrack is going to be so boss, I might need to buy a box of kleenex at Costco.

  • tokyobassist

    Thank god it’s not cancelled. It was one of the reasons I got hyped for the Wii U. SMT and no Persona 3 and 4 characters to stink up the joint? Sounds like a dream come true.

    • Anime10121

      Yep, thats the most important thing to me to take outta this, is that its not cancelled. I dont know particularly WHY I was worried about it considering Sega and Nintendo seem to be on such good terms (Sonic, Bayonetta, Smash), but I was scared for a minute…

      • tokyobassist

        It’s Atlus. It was a bit worrisome since this game was announced back when they were part of Index so I felt like the silence on top of Atlus’ acquistion by Sega would’ve ment the game got lost in the shuffle.

        • Anime10121

          Thats what I was referring to when I was saying Sega, the Atlus buyout, is what worried me.

      • Samsara09

        Had Atlus stayed with Index,it probably would have gotten canned.Have you forgot what Sega said?
        “We are gonna give Atlus full freedom to do what they excel at.Hell,they can even use our resources.”-or something like that,if I remember right.

    • praecipuum

      But you would be fine with P1 and P2 characters? :P

      • tokyobassist

        Not necessarily opposed as those two games get ignored a lot even by the Persona fanbase but I’d rather keep it strictly SMT mainline.

        • Budgiecat

          Different director

    • Zackasaur

      You had my upvote until you dissed P3/P4. >:|

      • tokyobassist

        Persona is just too juvenile for my age man. I’m over this teens trying to save the world type nonsense without substance. SMT at it’s heart is a dark, philosophical, and poignant series.

        Persona just takes all that away, has biblical references just for the sake of having them with zero substance, throws in a dating sim as a core gameplay mechanic and overall feels like typical manga fare. I acknowledge it has it’s fans but SMT is getting sidelined by a million Persona projects and it’s getting old as I’ve been very patient. It’s time for the mainline games to shine again.

        • Zackasaur

          I don’t really agree with some of your criticisms, but I’m not going to try to convince you to like something that you don’t. That’s all right.

          I do have some bad news, though. With SMTIV’s sales compared to those of the newer Persona games… The future of mainline SMT isn’t looking too hot by comparison right now. Personally, I’d like to see both mainline SMT and Persona doing really well.

          • tokyobassist

            I’m aware that SMTIV sold worse than bottled farts but in all honesty Persona 5 could have easily fallen into the same fate if they released it exclusively on say, the Vita. Great for those that own a handheld and exciting for fans who’ve been waiting to play but people EXPECT a console release for something that big.

            I’m glad they aren’t doing that with Persona 5 (I’m very much interested in this game because of the concept and it’s FINALLY a new game) and properly releasing it on consoles where it belongs.

            Plenty of games loss hype due to being relegated to handhelds. Even Mega Man Legends 3 lost the attention of lot of people just because it was on a system they didn’t care to own. Link Between Worlds is an excellent game but a lot of people just don’t give a damn because it’s not on consoles. It’s stupid I know but it does pose an interesting scenario.

            • Shippoyasha

              Let’s not forget that Japanese gaming on big home consoles are struggling majorly (The Wii U and PS4 sales figures are FRIGHTENING in Japan. So very low) , so it has more do with the huge handheld market in Japan than what westerners think about the dynamic.

              • Warboss Aohd

                Xbox One is doing well in Japan?

                i ask cause you didn’t mention it.

                • Thatguy

                  He didn’t mention it, because Xbox One wasn’t launched in Japan at all, i think.
                  You don’t mention… Brazillian dub in Japan game, right?

                • Zackasaur

                  It’s not even officially sold in Japan yet… Not that it matters. Even when it is, it won’t be worth mentioning when discussing Japan. lol

              • Budgiecat

                there’s no big Japanese PS4 games yet and Wii U is just starting to get the games people want thats why

            • Zackasaur

              Persona 4 Golden sold over twice what SMTIV sold, and P4 Golden is not only exclusive to the Vita… It’s also a remake.

              While I agree that releasing SMTIV on the 3DS was a mistake, there is definitely a lot more than just that to explain the poor sales. SMT as an IP has fallen way behind Persona in popularity.

              Persona has been relegated to handhelds since 2008 (when Persona 4 released on an outdated console), and yet it has only -increased- in popularity. I suppose the Persona fighting games are on consoles, but those were made in response to the overall Persona success. That’s why we don’t have an SMT fighting series instead.

              I’m afraid that, being an SMT fan but not a Persona fan, you’re in the minority. And Atlus REALLY like the money they’re getting from serving the Persona majority.

              • Samsara09

                well,the shin megami tensei series is huge,there is the devil survivor series,among others.

                The thing is…there is shin megami tensei 3 for PS2…and then,what,6-8 years later,they release shin megami tensei 4,for the 3ds,when the fans expected it for PS3.

                It is complicated,especially since I don’t know much about persona.But,I am willing to bet that persona 4’s success was a key here.

                Also,what I posted earlier.Shin megami tensei fans should be rooting for persona’s suceess,and vice versa.Being green with envy or bitching really only gets in the way.

          • Pyrofrost

            I am in agreement about you not sharing his criticisms.

            However, just to be clear about the SMT mainstay series, it hasn’t been the hot seller in comparison to Persona since P2.

            SMT’s goal isn’t to beat Persona, it’s to be a success, which it is. The future of the other (non-Persona) branches of the franchise is just fine.

            • Samsara09

              Now I see what I heard about Shin megami tensei fans bitching about persona and vice,this is pathetic.Both games belong to the same company.

          • Samsara09

            Well,the shin megami tensei series may live,with spin off series such as devil survivor,etc…but well,the main segment(SMT 1-IV,ect) will probably rot indeed.

        • Shippoyasha

          Actually, Persona doesn’t ‘take it all away’. It is a fun series because it mixes a sense of youthfulness and fun and still has the SMT spirit underneath. The whole point of Persona is to have a more of a young, school kid cast while still having the villains and lore that comes straight out of SMT books. While it definitely isn’t SMT straight out, there’s a lot of its spirit underneath the plot and characters.

          People keep saying that Persona 4 is too bubbly, but it has a dark inner workings and lore that rivals a lot of SMT titles. Especially in the final months when the world becomes a living hell and everything is falling apart. Persona 3 is pretty dark, that goes without saying.

          Saying it has ‘zero substance’ is just absurd. Not to mention the dating elements add a LOT of backstory to the already beefy lore. And the social links are not ALL dating. In fact, most of it is just getting to know people in non-romantic ways.. Also dissing all of manga doesn’t really help your argument there. There are tons of amazing stories in manga. That just sounds like you are heavily prejudiced against the medium for no real good reason other than to diss it.

          Also not sure why you even think the SMT team is involved with Persona. Because it isn’t. Even all the Persona spinoffs are NOT made by Atlus. They are sent off to other development studios. Even the anime is all a 3rd party effort.

          • FlyingBison

            I disagree. Persona 3 just has dark themes for the sake of it. No substance. A good exempel is he ending which came out of nowhere when ur playing FES. It makes zero sense that he would die after getting to school and such.

            I can’t comment on P4 but It’s probably just like P3. Dark themes for the sake of it with poor writing.

            • Shippoyasha

              P3 can really have dark themes just for the sake of it, yeah. They kind of push into the melodrama a bit. Which is why I prefer P4 and its balanced approach of the light hearted and dark themes. It just flows better IMO, though I do appreciate P3’s melodrama in its own way too.

        • Warboss Aohd

          to be fair, Persona 1, Innocent Sin, and Eternal Punishment aren’t like that.

        • DukeVerde

          Eternal Punishment didn’t have teens. :P Or, at least, not anyone in school.

        • 罪罰

          You are diminishing Persona to benefit a really poor argument and generalization.

  • Ben Kennedy

    Wait is this two separate games coming to Wii U or are they one game? That “X” is confusing me sorry.

  • Samsara09

    wasn’t all the web specialists saying this game was creamed?Ho.Guess it still in the works.
    Maybe by TGS we will know more about this.

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  • MasterSensei

    Why don’t developers reveal more information constantly? I know ideas change during the development but why don’t they just tell you the progress of the game? There’s always a long wait for information after they release a teaser….

  • 武神水樹

    Wow very direct answer, kinda refreshing to hear

  • ShadowFang

    Nintendo brought enough to E3; they can definitely save this for later.

    Especially for a developer like Intelligent Systems (if they’re making it), since they’ve never made a really great looking game. Wii U needs a Fire Emblem that can stand up to Xenoblade or Zelda, for sure… even if Atlus’ Persona team is developing it, they take a long time too (the gap between Persona 4 and Catherine was 2008 to 2011, and then Persona 5 isn’t coming until 2015).

    So whatever – save it for TGS, Nintendo Directs, next E3, whatever. You done good now, Nintendo.