It's pretty likely that many of our readers have never heard of Fate/Grand Order, or even the Fate series in general. What started with a risque PC visual novel quickly became a huge franchise spanning anime, manga, novels, and games. Some of those products have been released outside of Japan, but the franchise on the whole retains a somewhat low profile in the West. Very dedicated TouchArcade readers, however, might have seen this game's name in a recent story about top-earning mobile games for Q1 2017, where Fate/Grand Order was sitting in the number two position overall, just behind Monster Strike and ahead of games like Game of War, Clash Royale, and Pokemon GO. Amazingly, it's found that level of success without even releasing outside of the Japanese App Store. Well, this summer, Fate/Grand Order is looking to expand its reach with a release in the US.

Fate/Grand Order is an online social RPG spin-off of the main Fate/stay night series of visual novels. The gameplay is a hybrid of turn-based battles and visual novel cut-scenes, and as you would expect from that set-up, the story takes a major role. I won't go into detail here because that is a serious can o' worms, but it involves time travel. Glorious time travel. As you would expect, the heavy narrative elements are hard to appreciate if you can't read them, but somehow Fate/Grand Order has developed a huge following of non-Japanese players. So many, in fact, that while the game was never planned to release outside of Japan, the game's publisher Aniplex has decided to give it a go. The game is tentatively planned for an English release this summer.

I haven't played Fate/Grand Order yet, so I can't personally speak to its qualities. But I'd imagine that if enough overseas people were playing it to convince the publisher to localize it, there must be something to it beyond a well-written story. We'll have to find out just what that something is when the game releases in the United States this summer.


  • ancientdonut

    I play FGO over on the JP app store, and here's a few things that people should know about it:

    1) The game is mainly single player with some raids with everyone participating. It's a basic, use a friend's servant to help you in battle. However, the game is somewhat relaxing because there is no ranking competition with a super 6* given to the top player kind of thing

    2) The gacha rates are really really brutal, like 1% rate to pull a five star, BUT the 1-3* are all useful and some characters, like 2* Hans, are the best support characters in the game, and free 4* event support are often given out for free. Some of these are very overpowered compared to the rest of the 4* gacha counterparts because you are given 5 copies which you use to level their noble phantasm (think of it like their ultimate attack)

    3) Even though it's getting an English localization, the game will still use the original JP VAs to voice the game with subtitles

    If anyone has any questions about the game, feel free to post and I'll try to answer

    • Janders

      Hey, do you know if they are updating the JP version with an English option (like Granblue), or do we have to wait until it gets here?

      • ancientdonut

        They said they were thinking about it, but I think it's pretty unlikely that it'll happen 🙁

    • CodeREd

      Thankfully. English dubs are almost always horrendous.

  • Milotorou

    If it has "Fate/" in its name its an insta download for me.

    Im just a HUGE s****r for everything related to this series, Im an addict 😅

    • Sommyarup Roy

      I love saber aand series as a whole