While the focus of this years Nintendo E3 Presentation was more on titles arriving within 2018, the company did make room to show off a few 2019 releases, with the promised Fire Emblem for the Nintendo Switch being one of them.
Fire Emblem’s debut on the Nintendo Switch platform now officially titled ‘Fire Emblem Three Houses’ marks the franchises return to a home-console platform since the release of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, which launched on the Nintendo Wii in 2007. Since then, Fire Emblem has seen solely Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS releases – Fire Emblem Three Houses has broken the streak.
At first glance, Fire Emblem Three Houses looks to be the biggest Fire Emblem to date. It seems we’ll be able to openly explore towns and kingdoms with our main character, while also being given more freedom during battles. During a certain point in the trailer, we’re also shown a brief conversation with a character named Edelgard, who seems to be preparing for some sort of training to level up their skills with the axe weapon. This leads us to believe that there will be alternative ways to train and level up your character in-game outside of traditional battles, it also looks as though you will be playing as a general or lieutenant of some sort, but this is all speculation.
Overall, the game seems to be shaping up quite nicely, with a very intriguing story arch centered around a gift from a Goddess and the conflict it brings between humans. Sounds as if it will most certainly be another one of those “power struggle” driven story themes, but I am still very interested to see what depth it holds.
Fire Emblem Three Houses is set to launch on the Nintendo Switch during Sporing 2019.