There were a lot of games that we either got updates on or were given our first look at during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct. Alongside a new Platinum Games title, a remake of Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and more, we also got information on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, a Switch exclusive.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which was first announced at last year’s E3, will be the first of the “main line” Fire Emblem titles to come to the console. While Fire Emblem Warriors, a Fire Emblem musou game, was brought to the Switch in September of 2017, this is the first normal Fire Emblem game we’ll be using.
Players will be taking on the role of another custom character, who is the son of a mercenary captain named Jeralt. The two of you arrive at the Garreg Mach Monastery in neutral territory between three nations on the continent of Fodland, and there the player character takes on the role of a schoolteacher at the Officer’s Academy, a school where Fodlan’s future leaders come to learn about various subjects, and complete missions.
As the title Fire Emblem: Three Houses implies, there are three different houses that students belong to in the game. First, there are the Black Eagles, who come from the southern Adrestian Empire. Then there are the Blue Eagles, who hail from the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus. Thirdly, there are the Golden Deer, who come from the Leicester Alliance.
The player will be teaching all three of these houses and the characters that are in them, completing missions outside of the monastery while at the same time dealing with a mysterious girl named Sothis who is appearing in their mind.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is different from other Fire Emblem games in a number of ways; in addition to the game’s structure, where you’re a teacher for younger characters rather than royalty or a close friend to other main characters, there doesn’t seem to be the same sort of grand story that games like Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates had before.
The story actually seems more character driven and slice-of-life like as you teach your students, training them in various areas like magic, swordplay, and other character qualities, in addition to bonding with your students. However, the game still uses the Fire Emblem methods of causing you to be careful with your students; if they fall in battle, they die, but we might be getting a casual mode the same way Fates and Awakening had.
We also got a release date for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The game will be coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch on July 26, so while we still have five months to wait, hopefully they’ll all be worth it in the end.
Knowing Fire Emblem there’s likely a great deal more to the series than what is being let on to begin with, so who knows what will be in store for us. But, considering how the last two Fire Emblem games have been, Fire Emblem: Three Houses will hopefully be full of just as many twists.