6 Eyes Studio and 1C Entertainment’s Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark rolled out for Steam, GOG.com, Xbox One and PS4 recently. The game is being called a spiritual successor to the Final Fantasy: Tactics franchise due to its isometric, tactical turn-based gameplay and hand-animated artwork.
The game is about a council of immortals who recognize that their land is in danger, so they appoint the Arbiter and her small band of companions to set things right.
Gameplay is handled very much like typical tactical turn-based strategy titles, such as Tactics Ogre, Disgaea, or most notably Final Fantasy: Tactics.
The most glaring difference between Fell Seal and other games is that 6 Eyes Studio’s title allows you to customize your class with a wide range of different abilities. There are over 30 classes to choose from and more than 300 abilities that you can assign to each one of your party members. The game also sports customization for your troops, from their portraits, to their outfits, to their palette. You can also acquire, loot, or craft more than 240 pieces of equipment.
You can check out the game’s launch trailer below to get an idea of what he visuals are like and how the game plays.
Now I’ll be honest, there were certain things that raised red flags.
The main heroine, Kyrie, is a fully armored soldier, androgynous in her design. If you weren’t told that the main character was a female you likely wouldn’t have known until you saw the splash art on the main menu. This is a common trait in most Western games; making females look interchangeable with males. This is also a common design philosophy among SJWs. I always say, if your female character looks like a male and it’s not for story purposes, why not just make her a male?
The other thing are some “diverse” NPCs with Tumblr-style portraits and danger-hair palettes. Once more, it throws up red flags.
Now this doesn’t mean that Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is an SJW game, or riddled with propaganda. It does mean that there are some questionable design decisions that rang my Cultural War bells. Centrists will say “You’re just being paranoid!” to which I will retort: patterns have never been proven wrong.
Furthermore, if there are irrefutable patterns afoot, then it definitely means to watch out and hold your wallet. However, if it’s just the devs dabbling in some dangerous design philosophies then maybe Fell Seal is safe.
To be fair, I haven’t been able to find any discussions on the forums alerting gamers of any kind of agenda or propaganda. And in today’s climate it’s very important to be able to determine if you’re buying a game that was designed to be fun, or if you’re buying a game designed to inculcate you with propaganda, like Life Is Strange 2, or Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, or Mass Effect: Andromeda, or Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Anyway, Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is available right now on the Steam store for $29.99. Alternatively you can grab a copy from the Microsoft Store for the Xbox One, or from the PlayStation Store for the PS4. Unfortunately the game is not available for the Nintendo Switch.