The mobile game Fate/Grand Order has been a runaway success for the larger Fate series ever since it launched all the way back in 2015, and fans have only continued to support the game as it has gone from strength to strength in terms of writing, gameplay and overall direction. Nothing pays testament to that more than the excellent news of the homecoming of none other than Gen Urobuchi to the franchise to oversee the scenario of the third chapter of the second part of the game’s main story.
Urobuchi got his start as a writer with his Fate/Zero novels, which tell the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War ten years before the events of the original Fate/stay night, which then went on to form the basis for one of the most gorgeous anime of all time. Even if critics disagree on the quality of the story and characters of the anime, they all definitely agree that the visuals have never been topped by any anime since, bringing in theatrical levels of production values to each and every episode.
Following this success, Urobuchi moved into writing for anime full-time, penning various projects over the years, such as the incredibly successful Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the ill-fated Aldnoah.Zero, the challenging Psycho-Pass, and the recent puppet show Thunderbolt Fantasy. But now, after almost ten years away from the franchise to pursue those other projects, Urobuchi is back.
That being said, Urobuchi did oversee the 2016 Fate/Accel Zero Order event in Grand Order, which saw many of his Fate/Zero characters being added to the game, but that wasn’t part of the main story nor of the main canon. However, that doesn’t mean that he’s forgotten about his beloved Zero characters, as the new craft essences being added into the game for the new main story chapter are themed after none other than Tokiomi Tohsaka, Waver Velvet and Aoi Tohsaka. Check them out below:
Given that Urobuchi now works for Nitroplus, it’s great that he’s taken time out of his no-doubt busy schedule to help oversee the new main story chapter. Although he’s officially just supervising, I’m sure that at least some of his trademarks will make an appearance – so don’t get too attached to any of the new characters. They might come to a rather sticky end…