The Fate universe will soon have a new star. Fate Extella: The Umbral Stars will release in less than a week, and it promises to have some interesting surprises for longtime fans. First, the heroic spirit of Nero is actually a woman. This is not new, since one the anime’s main characters already flips the gender on a famous medieval king. This is not the only big change. Elizabeth Bathory is “a half-dragon J-pop idol”, so that probably takes the cake for character changes.
If you do not know, the Fate games are based on the anime Fate series. There is an object (normally the grail) that will allow you to have any wish you want, but like your grandpa said, you are going to have to work for it. Oh, and you have to not be killed by the special powers of the spirits of historical and mythological people throughout history, that partner with and against you. Take that, Grandpa!
It also looks like many heroes will be playable during the game, including the arrogant and extremely powerful, Gilgamesh. Pitting versions of these famous people against each other has always been one of the most compelling parts of the story, and Fate Extella will be told from the perspective of three of these spirits. The plot was constructed by Kinoko Nasu, the main Japanese author, and it looks to be a little more unconventional with the prize being a space computer on the moon that grants wishes. We are sure it makes a lot more sense within the game.
The closest comparison for Fate Extella’s gameplay appears to be Dynasty Warriors. In both of the videos we have posted, it looks like you are cutting or casting your way through a lot of soldiers. As fans of spells, swords, and over the top attacks, it is nice to see the power of the heroic spirits is not being used sparingly.
Fate Extella: The Umbral Stars will launch on January 17th for PS4 and PS Vita, and it will come in both normal editions and with extra goodies in the Noble Phantasm Edition. For those of you who both hate and love Gilgamesh, check out the trailer, and let us know which character you are looking forward to playing most.