At the Nintendo Direct for E3 2018, Nintendo decided to showcase the newest Fire Emblem game, which had previously been unnamed and just announced that it was coming for Nintendo Switch. Fire Emblem Three Houses got its name and its first trailer showing off some details.

The trailer shows the ability to run around openly in the world at times, perhaps most comparable to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia in the series. This won’t be all the time, but at parts, you can move around and interact with other characters and gather information. It also showed a rich cast of characters battling with some beautiful turn-based combat and attack animations. In particular, a new strategic twist on battles will have formations of troops supporting individual units on the battlefield. In battle options to do once you move to your planned location include Attack, Magic, Combat Arts, Formations, Equipment, and Items. There are lines indicating who you can strike, and on the battlefield map characters have small circles beneath them indicating whether they are on your team (blue) or hostile (red).

Fire Emblem Three Houses takes place in the world of Fódlan, which has the Church of Seiros exercising great power over people. The story in the trailer talks about the goddess watching over all life, and how she supposedly had given the crests as tokens of her power – which a dispute over whether they are necessary to maintain power or the cause of things seems to be going on. In the story, there are three main characters that your protagonist meets who play important roles in the story: Edelgard (who features in the trailer), Dimitri, and Claude.

Fire Emblem Three Houses will be releasing in Spring 2019.

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Don Parsons

News Editor

I've been a gamer for years of various types starting with the Sega Genesis and Shining Force when I was young. If I'm not playing video games, I'm often roleplaying, reading, writing, or pondering things brought up by speculative fiction.