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I'm honestly kinda intrigued! I feel like the amnesia bit has stronger potential in this setting because of how intricately tied Alear is to it as the Holy Dragon. My personal hope is that:

A) They give them a fun personality. I thought Corrin being naive and the center of the universe was hard to read and it was even worse when Byleth did it without a personality. Even if they are worshipped as a dragon to an extent, I want the story to play that. Maybe give it strong political implications, have it be an inconvenience for them relationship or storywise, or heck just make it really funny to watch!

B) I really really hope they do something cool with their amnesia. The context behind it is genuinely fascinating: they've just been slumbering for so long they ended up forgetting pretty much everything about themselves (unless my info is wrong). The fact that they are likely instrumental to the world's history means this could bring about a lot of interesting possibilities. For example, their relationship with each of the four nations, or perhaps maybe a past version of them did something that'll bite them in the present. That's not even getting to them possibly having much closer ties to the Fell Dragon since it, too, has that red-blue design motif (if you look at the CG portion of the trailer).

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So glad I'm keeping up with this thread. As I said before I really dislike how Alear looks, but with multiple people pointing out how it does fit the world, I'm seeing it as less of a bad thing. Also being reminded that previous games had avatar customization, we might be able to change that hair. After all, the cutscenes are now 3d and any model could be inserted. And we already know we can change outfits. I'm getting more and more optimistic about this game.

As for the amnesia story, wouldn't it be cool if the evil fell dragon was actually Alear, and the rings were used against him to put him to sleep. Obviously not going to happen, but I can see now that there's really cool stuff they can do with it. Here's to hoping they will.

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1 hour ago, whase said:

After all, the cutscenes are now 3d and any model could be inserted. And we already know we can change outfits. I'm getting more and more optimistic about this game.

As for the amnesia story, wouldn't it be cool if the evil fell dragon was actually Alear, and the rings were used against him to put him to sleep. Obviously not going to happen, but I can see now that there's really cool stuff they can do with it. Here's to hoping they will.

i didnt realize all the cutscene actually 3D model, not hand-drawn animation. until you said it. Even the scene with numerous soldier is 3D from the way they move. kudos to them for actually making 3D look as good as this in FE game now. the artstyle helped too i guess

amnesia because you're the big bad guy? that would be robin 2.0 then. but i can see that happening or at least part of fell dragon sealed within alear, thus the funny hair lore excuse.

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1 hour ago, joevar said:

i didnt realize all the cutscene actually 3D model, not hand-drawn animation. until you said it. Even the scene with numerous soldier is 3D from the way they move. kudos to them for actually making 3D look as good as this in FE game now. the artstyle helped too i guess

amnesia because you're the big bad guy? that would be robin 2.0 then. but i can see that happening or at least part of fell dragon sealed within alear, thus the funny hair lore excuse.

OMG if that’s why the two tone hair is a thing I wouldn’t be surprised. Inb4 the ending is similar except we lose the divine dragon power or Fell part of it like Robin with the Fell Brand. As long as it’s done well I wouldn’t mind the similarity. Alear definitely is gonna have a big impact in this game’s history being a Divine Dragon living that long. Hopefully their amnesia does get resolved and not thrown away to only just relate to the player.

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Guys, the cutscenes does use a 3d model but it's a separate model from the one ingame, its highly unlikely for them to be able to just change it for every color combination

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14 minutes ago, Crubat said:

Guys, the cutscenes does use a 3d model but it's a separate model from the one ingame, its highly unlikely for them to be able to just change it for every color combination

Right. That's ultimately why we lost character customization with Three Houses to begin with.

 

Personally, I'd like it if avatars could go back to having some kind of hood, helmet, etc. for cutscenes so we can have customization back.

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I don't want customization because it led to the garbage first person cutscenes. More set cutscenes was the best thing to happen to the avatar concept because we see them openly react now.

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18 hours ago, Seazas said:

I don't want customization because it led to the garbage first person cutscenes. More set cutscenes was the best thing to happen to the avatar concept because we see them openly react now.

This.

The main drawback in using character customization but pre-rendered cutscenes is the fact they practically need to cover the MC's face to keep immersion. This has the side effect of making some season come across as awkwardly shot and severely limits how expressive they can make the MC at important moments.

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but I hope that there's more to the whole protagonist being part-dragon thing than just mentioning it once to introduce a new gameplay element and forgetting about it shortly afterwards

Also hoping it won't be Corrin 2.0 where they mention the dragon thing in one cutscene and then you swap to swordsmaster and leave your DStone to collect dust in the convoy.

And on the color scheme, it's definitely out there but if they were another blue hair lord people would just be giving the opposite complaints they are now. I've seen some edits where people lowered the saturation on Alear's hair color to make it pop less and in some respects I think it looks better but, honestly I think they chose right to commit to the really flashy colors, I mean it's an anime game, since when has conservative and muted been the style? I also wouldn't be surprised at all if in a few years people complain about the lords in a new game looking too boring, saying they miss the design of Alear, and having completely forgotten how controversial their design was at the time.

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I think Alear being asleep for two years will fit in the context of the characters explaining basic things like culture, worldbuilding etc. Because unlike Byleth which is weird that they can't know basic things despite being a great mercnary and then a teacher,  things to Alear is as alien to them as it's to the player. 

 

Other than that, I deeply dislike their design. 

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16 hours ago, genesis said:

I think Alear being asleep for two years will fit in the context of the characters explaining basic things like culture, worldbuilding etc. Because unlike Byleth which is weird that they can't know basic things despite being a great mercnary and then a teacher,  things to Alear is as alien to them as it's to the player. 

 

Other than that, I deeply dislike their design. 

I assume you meant 1000 years.

Also, yeah count me in with the people who like the character concept but think Alear needed more time for redesigns.

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