|Developer(s)||Delightworks (Mobile) |
Sega AM2 (Arcade)
|Platform(s)||Android, iOS, Arcade|
|Arcade system||Sega ALLS UX (FGO Arcade)|
Fate/Grand Order is an online, free-to-play Japanese mobile game, developed by Delightworks using Unity, and published by Aniplex. The game is based on Type-Moon's Fate/stay night franchise, and was released in Japan on July 29, 2015 for Android, and on August 12, 2015, for iOS. English iOS and Android versions followed on June 25, 2017 in the United States and Canada, and a Korean version was released on November 21, 2017. An arcade version titled Fate/Grand Order Arcade was released by Sega in Japan on 26 July 2018.
The game is centered around turn-based combat where the player, who takes on the role of a "Master", summons and commands powerful familiars known as "Servants" to battle enemies. The story narrative is presented in a visual novel format, and each Servant has their own scenario which the player can explore.
Fate/Grand Order grossed $982 million in 2017, making it the year's sixth highest-grossing mobile game. In 2018, Fate/Grand Order grossed $1.2 billion, making it the year's seventh highest-grossing free-to-play game. As of 13 March 2019, the game has grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. Total revenue crossed $4 billion by the end of 2019.
Fate/Grand Order is a turn-based tactical RPG. The player takes the role of "Master" and commands a group of individuals called "Servants", who are typically historical, literary, and mythological figures from various cultures. The player commands a party composed of up to 6 Servants in each battle, 3 active members and 3 reserve members. In each turn, the player is given a set of 5 Command Cards and may use up to 3 of them in a turn to attack. Each Servant has 5 cards the player may use; the cards for all the Servants on the field are shuffled and dealt to the player each turn. The cards have three types: Buster (a heavy attack), Arts (a medium attack that charges a gauge for the Servant's "Noble Phantasm"), and Quick (a light attack that generates Critical Stars that increase the probability of critical hits next turn). If three similar cards are used in one turn, they create a "Chain" which gives a bonus based on the cards' properties. If three cards all corresponding to the same servant are selected, then a "Brave Chain" will ensue, resulting in an extra, more powerful, attack being added onto the end. Each Servant also has skills that can be used before drawing Command Cards; each skill gives effects in the battle, as well as a special command card called "Noble Phantasm" that appears when the gauge is full. The "Master" also has a separate set of skills and special abilities called "Command Spells." Command Spells have a variety of effects and recharge based on real-world time.
Servants are obtained via a gacha mechanic. Saint Quartz, an in-game currency earned both by playing the game and via real money in-app purchases, is used to summon new Servants and acquire "Craft Essences" which give additional effects when equipped to a servant. This summoning is random, with some servants available commonly, and others rarely. Another currency is "Friend Points", which are more easily acquired, but only can acquire common Servants with them. If multiple copies of the same Servant are acquired, that servant's power is slightly increased.
In 2015, the Chaldea Security Organization draws on experts of both the magical and mundane fields to observe the future of mankind for possible extinction events. Humanity's survival seems assured for the next century—until the verdict suddenly changes, and now eradication of the species awaits at the end of 2016. The cause is unknown, but appears to be linked with the Japanese town of Fuyuki and the events of 2004 during the Fifth Holy Grail War.
In response, Chaldea harnesses an experimental means of time travel, the Rayshift technology. With it, Ritsuka Fujimaru (a young man or woman, depending on the player's choice of gender) was newly recruited to the organization, and a mysterious girl named Mash Kyrielight, can travel back to 2004 and discover how to save humanity. A grand order to fight fate has been declared—an order to change the past and restore the future. Following the events in Fuyuki, Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight must restore the Foundation of Humanity by retrieving powerful Holy Grails. The Grails, which are capable of granting any wish, are also able to sustain abnormalities that threaten humanity's existence. The protagonists utilize Rayshift technology to travel back in time to said periods, ranging from Orleans to Okeanos and even the ancient civilization of Babylonia. Along the way, Ritsuka encounters the main antagonist and mastermind behind the plan to eradicate humanity: the Mage-King Solomon. He proclaims that Chaldea's attempt to save humanity will not matter if they fail to obtain every single Holy Grail, before leaving. After obtaining all 7 Holy Grails, Fujimaru and their Servant advance into Ars Paulina, the throne where Solomon once sat. In the final battle against Solomon and his legion of 72 Demon Gods, both Ritsuka and Mash are unable to defeat any of the Demon Pillars as they regenerate immediately. When all hope seems lost, the Servants that assisted Fujimaru on their quest through every singularity appear, allowing Chaldea to break through and defeat Solomon, who is revealed to be the Demon God Goetia, a beast that possessed Solomon's corpse and wishes to eradicate humanity in order to travel back to the dawn of humankind. Goetia is swiftly dispatched, but not before Mash utilizes her Noble Phantasm to deflect Goetia's Noble Phantasm to protect Fujimaru in exchange for her life. Just as hope was lost, Romani appeared and revealed that he himself is actually the real Solomon, the Grand Caster who wished to be human after the fifth holy grail war. Using his only Noble Phantasm to erase himself from existence and weaken Goetia, he then said his goodbyes to Ritsuka and in order for him to defeat Goetia once and for all. Upon the final Singularity being restored to order, Mash is revived via the power of Beast IV, who is revealed to be Fou, a dog-like creature that has journeyed alongside Fujimaru and their party through the entirety of the game.
Upon completion of the singularities, Ritsuka Fujimaru is awarded the rank of Cause, by the Mages Association. In the aftermath of the singularity crisis Chaldea would be tasked with handling Singularity Subspecies. During this time period Chaldea would come under fire from various organizations including the U.N. and the Mages Association.
Following the completion of these incidents, Chaldea would find itself under new management under Goredolf Musik. It turned out that Goredolf was just a scapegoat in a hostile takeover by a mysterious organization, conspiring with an unknown entity known as the Foreign God, to destroy Chaldea and the current human history, reverting the planet back to the Age of Gods. Now on the run, Ritsuka, Mash and the surviving members of Chaldea survived aboard the autonomous vessel Shadow Border. In order to save humanity, the group now travels to different timelines called "Lostbelts"; alternate versions of history that differ drastically from the main human history and were "pruned away" from the primary timeline after having been deemed a dead end. The seven Lostbelts are each represented by a Crypter, former human masters and their servants, each of whom are in competition against one another as well as the Chaldean survivors for the ultimate fate of human history. For Ritsuka Fujimaru, he must make some grave decisions and sacrifices that either will make him a savior... or a destroyer.
Development and release
The game was first drafted by Kinoko Nasu under the working title "Fate Online Project Reboot", which was meant to be a Massive Multiplayer Online game using designs drafts and concepts later collected in the Fate/complete material IV Extra material book. But the planned game was cancelled and shelved during planning stages. It later became a novel, Fate/Apocrypha, which integrated some concepts of the planned game. Later on in 2014, Aniplex proposed Nasu to revisit the cancelled game project, announcing a collaboration with the game studio DelightWorks to rework the concept into a Mobile RPG game.
The game was published by Aniplex and was released in Japan on July 29, 2015, on Android devices, with a subsequent release on 12 August for iOS devices. Maaya Sakamoto performed three theme songs for the game: "Shikisai" (色彩, "Color"), "Gyakko" (逆光, Gyakkō, "Moonlight") and "Yakudo" (躍動, "Dynamic"). Aside from its gameplay and own storyline, the game also features events for players to obtain new items and servants, such as summoning campaigns for limited Servants/Craft Essences, specific Servant-based events, real-world annual events, and collaborations with other Type-Moon works such as Kara no Kyoukai and Fate/Zero.
On January 1, 2017, a sub-sequel to the main storyline was announced with the same title containing a subtitle named "Epic of Remnant". On April 16, 2017, Aniplex of America announced Fate/Grand Order would be released in the United States with a Summer 2017 release window. Director and Creative Producer Yosuke Shiokawa explained that while the game was intended to be released only in Japan, the team took notice of the large amount of overseas players accessing the game and made a decision to make it accessible to other regions as well. Since the game's release to North American servers, it has followed behind Japanese servers by almost exactly 2 years, the same gap between launches in the two regions.
On December 26, 2017, the official website and the Twitter page of the game teased the game's sequel by changing it into a "hijacked account and site". The sequel's subtitle, "Cosmos in the Lostbelt", was announced on 1 January 2018. The sequel was officially released as an expansion to the main game on the Japanese server starting in Spring 2018. As of April 19, 2018, the North American server is officially accessible in Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Australia.
As of October 2018, the game is available in five languages across ten countries, having received a total of 32 million downloads worldwide, including over 4 million downloads for the English version, and 7 million in September 2019 surpassing Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
The game is very popular in Japan, its first market, and reports indicate that the level is comparable to the success of Pokémon Go. In Japan, the game had crossed 13 million downloads by May 2018, and 14 million downloads as of August 2018. FGO is also gaining traction in other parts of the world such as in the U.S. and Canada where it already surpassed 1 million downloads after its June 2017 Android release there.
In China, the iOS version went online on 29 September 2016 and Android on 13 October 2016.
Fate/Grand Order grossed over $646 million during 2015 to 2016. In 2017, the game grossed ¥89.6 billion ($811 million) in Japan between January and 3 October, and ¥13.2 billion ($120 million) in China. Worldwide, the game grossed $982 million in 2017, making it the year's sixth highest-grossing mobile game. In 2018, it grossed at least ¥134.8 billion ($1,221 million), including ¥120.4 billion in Japan (where it was the year's second highest-grossing mobile game) along with ¥14.4 billion overseas during the first half of the year. It was the year's top mobile game in terms of worldwide consumer spending.
In 2018, Fate/Grand Order drew widespread media attention due to reports of a 31-year old Japanese man identified only as Daigo, claiming to have spent $70,000 to purchase the game's currency, called Saint Quartz, which is used to summon Servants. Daigo kept on spending cash in-game in his desire to get high-level characters and ended up spending more to strengthen them once they were acquired. In an interview, the gamer said, “Some people spend $18 on a movie and feel moved. I’ve spent $70,000 on FGO. But it moves me.” This incident highlighted the popularity of FGO. According to The Wall Street Journal, the game is now partly responsible for Sony's soaring operating profit, which is expected to break $1 billion in fiscal 2018. As of March 2018, the app contributes an average of $2.5 million every day.
Its income accounts for 57.9% of is Chinese operator bilibili's annual income. In 2019, the game grossed $1.2 billion annually. As of 2019[update], the game has grossed over $4 billion worldwide. It was the world's top-grossing mobile game during the 2020 New Year period, ahead of fellow JRPG title Monster Strike.
Criticisms and Controversy
The game illustrations have been described as overly sexualized. For that reason, some illustration from the game have been subject to censorship in China. For the English release, whitening of the skin tone of one characters has also raised some criticism among the fans.
Fate/Grand Order: First Order key visual
|Anime television film|
|Directed by||Hitoshi Namba|
|Produced by||Shizuka Kurosaki|
|Written by||Ayumi Sekine|
|Music by||Ryo Kawasaki|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11|
|Released||31 December 2016|
|Anime television film|
|Seven Most Powerful Great Figures Chapter|
|Directed by||Takahiro Miura|
|Produced by||Toshiyuki Kanezawa|
|Written by||Eiichirō Mashin|
|Music by||Go Shiina|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11|
|Released||31 December 2017|
|Magazine||Monthly Comic Zero Sum|
|Original run||July 2017 – present|
|Written by||Takashi Kawabuchi|
|Magazine||Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine|
|Original run||August 2017 – present|
|Anime television film|
|Directed by||Hitoshi Namba|
|Written by||Kinoko Nasu|
|Music by||Ryo Kawasaki|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11|
|Released||31 December 2017|
|Learn with Manga! Fate Grand/Order|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||13 August 2015 – present|
|Anime film series|
|Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot|
|Directed by||Kei Suezawa (Part 1)|
Kazuto Arai (Part 2)
|Written by||Ukyō Kodachi (Part 1)|
|Studio||Signal.MD (Part 1)|
Production I.G (Part 2)
|Released||5 December 2020 (Part 1)|
|Original video animation|
|Grand Temple of Time: Solomon|
|Directed by||Toshifumi Akai|
An animated television film special titled Fate/Grand Order: First Order (Japanese: フェイト/グランドオーダー -First Order-, Hepburn: Feito/Gurando Ōdā -First Order-) aired on 31 December 2016. It was an adaptation of the game's prologue. The film, produced by the studio Lay-duce, was directed by Hitoshi Namba and stars the voice actors Nobunaga Shimazaki, Rie Takahashi, and Ayako Kawasumi in the roles of the main characters who were projected into the past to try to prevent the approaching extinction of humanity. Aniplex of America has licensed the special in North America. MVM Films released the film in the UK. It was followed by an animation short titled Fate/Grand Order: Moonlight/Lostroom (Japanese: フェイト/グランドオーダー -Moonlight/Lostroom-, Hepburn: Feito/Gurando Ōdā -Moonlight/Lostroom-) on 31 December 2017. It was directed by Hitoshi Namba and Takurō Tsukada, with scripts by Kinoko Nasu, and music by Ryo Kawasaki. Aniplex of America licensed the second special in North American territories.
A special animation short produced by Ufotable titled Fate/Grand Order x Himuro's World: Seven Most Powerful Great Figures Chapter (Japanese: フェイト/グランドオーダー × 氷室の天地 ～7人の最強偉人篇～, Hepburn: Feito/Gurando Ōdā x Himuro no Tenchi: 7-nin no Saikyō Ijin-hen) was announced at the "Fate/Grand Order Guest Talk Stage in Akihabara Festival 2017" and aired on 31 December 2017. The animation is based on a 4-panel comedy manga Fate/School Life by Eiichirō Mashin who also provided the scripts, directed by Takahiro Miura, produced by Toshiyuki Kanezawa, with character design by Masato Nagamori, and music by Go Shiina.
An anime adaptation of the seventh chapter of the game was animated by CloverWorks and aired from October 2019 to March 2020. An adaptation of the final chapter of the first part has been announced by CloverWorks.
A two-part anime film adaptation, titled Fate/Grand Order - Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot (Japanese: フェイト/グランド���ーダー -神聖円卓領域 キャメロット-, Hepburn: Feito/Gurando Ōdā Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Kyamerotto) is being produced by Production I.G and Signal.MD, adapting the 6th chapter of the game. Ukyō Kodachi will write the first films' scripts, and Keita Haga and Hideyuki Fukasawa are composing the films' scores. Kei Suezawa is directing the first film at Signal.MD; Kazuto Arai is directing the second film at Production I.G. Both films feature animation character designs by Mieko Hosoi, Kazuchika Kise and Nakaya Onsen, who are adapting Takashi Takeuchi's original designs. The first of two films, subtitled Wandering; Airgetlám, was slated to premiere on August 15, 2020, but has been delayed to December 5, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Maaya Sakamoto will perform the song "Dokuhaku" (独白, "Monologue") as the first film's theme.
Three Manga adaptations were announced and released. The first manga series, -mortalis:stella- was written by Shiramine, serialized in Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero Sum magazine. One Tankobon volume was released so far. Kodansha USA licensed the manga in English. The second manga series, -turas realta- was written by Takashi Kawabuchi and serialized through Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on August 2017. Two Tankobon volumes was released so far.
A 4-panel comedy manga titled Learn with Manga! Fate Grand/Order (マンガで分かる! Fate/Grand Order, Manga de Wakaru! Feito/Gurando Ōdā) was written and illustrated by Riyo and released online on 13 April 2015. The manga covers the basics of the game in a more comedic tone than the main series. It was followed by two sequels: Learn More with Manga! Fate Grand/Order (もっとマンガで分かる！ Fate/Grand Order, Motto Manga de Wakaru! Feito/Gurando Ōdā) in 17 December 2015 and Learn Even More with Manga! Fate Grand/Order (ますますマンガで分かる！ Fate/Grand Order, Masumasu Manga de Wakaru! Feito/Gurando Ōdā) on 3 August 2017. Kadokawa Shoten released a compilation of the chapters of the first two series on one tankobon volume on 2 August 2017. Aniplex of America officially translated all of the first manga's chapters into English.
Video game adaptations
An arcade version of the game titled Fate/Grand Order Arcade (Japanese: フェイト/グランドオーダー アーケード, Hepburn: Feito/Gurando Ōdā ākēdo) was released by Sega, on 26 July 2018. Within the first month of the arcade version's release on 26 July 2018, Sega sold 10 million cards for the arcade game, grossing ¥1 billion ($9 million) in card sales revenue by August 2018. As of September 2018, the arcade version has more than 300,000 players in Japan. Combined, the mobile and arcade versions of the game have grossed a total revenue of approximately $3.4 billion between August 2015 and December 2018.
A virtual reality game titled Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight was released for PlayStation VR, and allowed the player to interact with Mash. A mobile Rhythm game, titled Fate/Grand Order: Waltz in the Moonlight/Lostroom was released by Aniplex on August 13, 2020 as a limited download game for the franchise's 5th anniversary and is only available for Japanese players only. The game gained controversy when third party app store Qooapp are forced to remove the game alongside other versions of Fate/Grand Order by Aniplex's request, due to the illegal download count of the limited app. After the removal, Aniplex made the game available once again for a 24 hour period on August 25, 2020.
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