Note from OG: As of this writing I do not own a tablet or phone strong enough to play the game so I asked Deven Luca here, someone who has had plenty of time with the game (Both in EN and JP), to drop by and share his experiences with it while also giving readers a small taste of the in-game yuri.
Hey everyone it’s Deven from AnimeThief and AnimeCorps doing a guest post over here on one of my favorite series and games, Fate/Grand Order. There’s a lot of stuff to talk about so let’s get started!
Fate/Grand Order, the mobile game for iOS and Android, is basically a runaway hit from the word Go.
Being translated into English, Korean, and Chinese(Deven can’t tell the difference between Mandarin and Cantonese), this game is reaching nearly every major mobile game market.
Fate in general has always had an “Easy Appeal” compared to its other Type Moon series like Tsukihime, Mahou Tsukai no Yoru(Witch on the Holy Night), or even Kara no Kyokai. My personal belief is that if you asked someone to sum up Fate in as few words as possible it would be easier to explain the entirity of the series. Fate is basically “Reanimated heroes fight in a battle royale for a wish” as opposed to the deeply philosophical mysteries that are Tsukihime, Mahou Tsukai no Yoru, and Kara no Kyoukai.
This leads to Fate, with its ease of understanding (you don’t have to rewatch Fate multiple times to get what’s happening) to eclipse its fellow Nasuverse entries in my opinion. And add some incredibly beautiful waifu servants, nearly every female servant being bisexual, and a mildly fair gatcha you have a recipe for success.
Now that the game is nearing its 3rd year and this Spring 2018 will be going into the Part 2, the mysterious Cosmos in the Lost Belt, we need to look at how far we’ve come.
Fate/Grand Order originally shipped with 59 servants, a 10 minute AP regen timer, a very low level story, and horrible gatcha. Nowadays the game currently (with the addition of Semiramis during Valentine’s Day 2018 and Fujino Asagami in the Kara no Kyokai Revival rerun) has 200 servants available, a 5 minute regen timer, a story worthy of being called a true Nasuverse story, and a cruel but ultimately relenting gatcha.
As a result of both the changes made and the ease in which to enter the game, the game has made a crap ton of money. Let’s just say it’s enough where Sony (the game’s distributer via Aniplex) always specifically mentions Fate/Grand Order during quarterly business reports. Not saying “Our mobile games department is doing well”, they say basically “Fate/Grand Order pretty much has a license to print money”.
This leads to a lot of this fame and notoriety leading to more Fate projects. In 2017, we had two Fate/Grand Order specials, Fate/Apocrypha, a rerun of Carnival Phantasm with new ending cards featuring Fate/Grand Order servants, a Prisma Illya movie, and the Heaven’s Feel movie. 2018 looks to be just as good for Fate with more anime, manga, and another Heaven’s Feel movie.
Finally, something I personally as a writer enjoy, the potential narrative. I play 2 FPS games, Destiny 2 and Overwatch. My poor Steam library…
I prefer playing Destiny 2 because it allows me to create my own narrative and make up my own stories. Why am I on this planet? Then I come with a nice little story in my head to ease the large amount of farming this game is…
Overwatch is a good game but I’m not making my own story. I’m a passenger in one of the Overwatch characters.
Fate/Grand Order gives you that “Make your own Narrative” feeling to it. You can think up whatever story you want for your servants. A lot of these stories can include romance and cute yuri love.
The thing is about is that a lot of the female servants are bisexual so they have no problem with being with or loving a female master. A lot of the interludes and bond lines show that your servants fall in love with you as you spend more time with them. The female servants, probably save a few of them, are unrestricted in their love for you as a female master. Here’s an example from Medusa or better known as Rider from Fate/Stay Night.
So it’s an excellent way to feel close to them and push your personal story of being a Master of Chaldea with all of your servants. You can be what ever you want in Fate/Grand Order. It’s up to you and your servants to make your story.
Note from OG: Besides Medusa here, aka Rider Classic as I like to call her, here are some more lesbian and bisexual servants:
- Anne and Mary
- Queen of Sheba
- Da Vinci
- Bryn(iffy because her yuri love for jalter wasn’t her but a grail wish)
I hope you enjoyed my little post on my good friend, the Yuri Ambassador’s blog. This is Deven so later days.
Note from OG: Thanks again to Deven Luca for taking the time to share his experiences with the game. Another friend who also put time on Fate/GO, though with not as much to comment on the Yuri ground, is Josefcd904. Check out his post for more info at The Reviewer’s Corner HERE.