Anime content provider Aniplex of America has launched tactical turn-based RPG Fate/Grand Order in North America. The game is available for iOS and Android.
Told in a visual novel style, the main story consists of seven chapters across seven stages of humanity’s history. The world has branched off from what would be considered the “normal” timeline due to the actions of Lev Lainur Flauros – or rather, his inaction. His demise is necessary for the world to continue as it should, but his ongoing life results in the events of Fate/Grand Order. The Chaldea Security Organization seeks to restore Alaya, the collective unconsciousness of mankind and the drive for survival, through the Holy Grails sustaining the chronological Singularities that disrupt the continuity of human history. By granting players the rank of Master and the ability to summon Heroic Spirits as their Servants; these powerful allies are based on historical figures such as King Arthur, William Shakespeare, Hercules, and Jeanne d’Arc. The Grand Order, the greatest of the Holy Grail Wars, has begun.
Gameplay is based around the Servants. Each Servant has a set amount of HP and a bar that indicates the gauge for their Noble Phantasm, their ultimate technique. Players have two Servants in their party, with one Support and a maximum of three in reserve. Battles consist of a Tactical Phase, where Servants and Masters can use their skills, and a Command Phase. After the player chooses a command, the Servants will attack, followed by the enemy counterattack.
Previously only available in Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, Fate/Grand Order has been downloaded over 9 million times. It continues to outperform other mobile games such as Pokémon GO, Clash Royale, and Candy Crush Saga in worldwide revenue.
Prior to launch, Aniplex staged a successful social media campaign on Facebook which allowed fans to unlock extra content for the game. In-game prizes included the Craft Essence “Beginning of the Journey,” 6,000 Friend Points, ten 4-star Blaze of Wisdom, five each of the 3-star Hero Crystals Sun Fou and Star Fou, a whopping 42 Saint Quartz for Servant pulls, and one 4-star Servant from a choice of ten, and the Saber-class Servant Saber Lily.
“We are overwhelmed and honored by the excitement of our fans,” said Atsuhiro Iwakami, the president of Aniplex Inc. and the producer of Fate/Grand Order. “They were able to unlock many in-game prizes via the Facebook contest, and we are thrilled to be finally launching the game in North America.”