Last year, during the Fire Emblem Direct, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems announced that a brand new Fire Emblem game was in the works for the Nintendo Switch. And it’s not until yesterday’s Nintendo Direct: E3 2018 presentation that we finally got some news about the game, which is called Fire Emblem: Tree Houses. It will be released next Spring worldwide, instead of this year as announced initially.
With this game, the Fire Emblem makes its comeback on a home console: it will be the first time in over 10 years, since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn on Wii (back in 2007) to be precise.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about the gameplay of the game, but there’s something that’s still there: the grid-based tactical gameplay the series is known for… it wouldn’t really be Fire Emblem without it, after all!
Fire Emblem: Three Houses introduces a brand new gameplay mechanics: formations. In the screenshots and trailer below, you will see a unit leading a group of soldiers in specific formations. Unfortunately, we don’t quite know how it all works just yet: that’s something that will be explained later!
The game takes places on Fódlan, where the Church of Seiros exercises great power over both the land and its people. The Goddess is the prominent figure of that church, and you can see her in the paintings shown at the beginning of the trailer below. On that same painting, you can also see a dragon flying, and a mysterious robed person holding a sword.
The title of the game, Three Houses, refers to 3 key characters:
- Edelgard von Fresberg
- Dimitri Alexandre Breddad
- Claude von Regan
Unfortunately, we don’t know anything about them, other than they’re really important and key to the story of the game.
One of the most well-known and beloved features of the Fire Emblem series is the ability to discuss with the various units in your army. That very feature is back in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and has even been powered up: there’s now parts where you can fully explore your surroundings, and discuss with characters you meet. In the trailer below, you can see the protagonist running around a big building that belongs to the Church of Seiros.
Here’s the debut trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses on Nintendo Switch:
Finally, here’s some screenshots:
Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) comes out in Spring 2019 worldwide. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!