Nintendo has got a lot in store for gamers this 2014, or so they say in the recently concluded E3. They even have a lot of announcements regarding previously revealed games, with some details added regarding the content of the game. One game was conspicuously absent though, and this one game was what everyone was really curious about. That game was Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, a game that was announced during last year?s E3. With Fire Emblem characters joining the cast of Super Smash Bros., one just had to ask what happened with the game.
If you?re already thinking about worst-case scenarios such as the game never seeing the light of day, don?t you fret. In a statement, Nintendo said that Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem was doing good, and steady development on the game was a certainty. It was just a choice of them not to show it at E3, which should be a cause of concern, but it isn?t. The game is being co-developed by Atlus and Intelligent Systems, with the former recently acquired by SEGA. This still isn?t a cause of concern, because right now SEGA and Nintendo have no bad blood between them. Acquisitions rarely go well for a game, but in this game?s case, everything seems good.
This recent move by SEGA might be the reason why Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem was a no-show at the E3. Of course, it should have happened, but SEGA might have other more pressing matters on their hands. Of such importance is the Persona 5 game, which SEGA has Atlus working on right now. In terms of acquisition, this game might just be why SEGA acquired Atlus for in the first place.
On the Nintendo side of things, Intelligent Systems is currently handling the development of Codename: STEAM for Nintendo. This one is a new Nintendo 3DS IP, hence the particular attention to it. Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem isn?t being short-handed in this situation. Rather, it?s just a case of attention being given to something that?s more logical, even if Shin Megami is indeed a logical choice as well. It?s just not time to talk about it just yet, says Nintendo, but rest assured the development of the game is by no means delayed.
This year?s E3 was Nintendo?s for the taking, in terms of making noise about its biggest series yet. That is the reason why they didn?t choose to release anything regarding Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem; feeling that attention should be focused on games that appeal to a larger audience, Nintendo did just that, and because of it, they chose to postpone any announcements about Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, a game which attracts those already included in its fandom. Nintendo, however, did all it could and needed to do and that may have to be enough for the moment.