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Former Fire Emblem ROM Hack Becomes Brand New Video Game

Illustration for article titled Former iFire Emblem/i ROM Hack Becomes Brand New Video Game

Once upon a time, there was a ROM hack for Fire Emblem called Midnight Sun. It was cancelled in 2017, but is now back, having spent the intervening years transforming itself into a standalone, original video game.

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No longer based on Nintendo’s classic series, it’s now called Path of the Midnight Sun, and is more of a visual novel with RPG elements than a tactical combat game like Fire Emblem.

Still, the tone is very similar, and Path of the Midnight Sun has even gone and got some voice actors who have worked not just on Fire Emblem, but Pokemon as well.

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Here’s what it used to look like:

And here’s what it looks like now:

The game’s currently up on Kickstarter, with hopes to release on PC and Mac (and Switch) at the end of next year.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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afriendtosell
afriendtosell

Some of y’all really need to learn the difference between constructive criticism and shitting on something For The E-Clout Stars/Likes/Whatever, jsfc.

The game looks no worse mechanically than most 1st-person dungeon crawlers like Etrian Odyssey—yeah, the animation could use some fine-tuning, and they could stand to have characters facing enemies head on instead of animating slight turns toward them; but it’s a game made by a first-time developer, and they’re obviously more focused on narrative than making some visually stunning piece of work.

“But it’s so cringey and anime and—”

Dude shut the hell up. Cringe is a stupid concept y’all want to label everything you don’t know how to just ignore with, and it’s almost 2020. Anime is here to stay; get over it.