Nintendo’s Fire Emblem franchise is finally receiving the proper fanfare and attention in the west. For the longest time, the turn-based strategy series, defined by its strong characters, epic plots, and heartbreaking permadeath, is now one of the franchises that Nintendo seems to push the most. Not only does there seem to be a fairly consistent stream of new games in the series released, but they’ve also added plenty of Fire Emblem characters to Super Smash Bros., with Roy being the latest addition.
During Nintendo’s E3 2015 Digital Event, the Big N had Fire Emblem represented two-fold. They revealed a brand new trailer for the eccentrically Japanese crossover game Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, and they also put out an expanded story trailer for the freshly renamed Fire Emblem Fates, the next 3DS entry in the long running series.
This new trailer expanded upon previous information about the game, such as the struggle between the Nohr and Hoshido kingdoms. After creating and fully customizing their own character, players have to decide which kingdom to side with, a choice which has drastic, sweeping implications across the entirety of Fire Emblem Fate‘s plot. With full English voice acting for the first time since the game was announced, this new trailer offers additional insight into the characters that will inhabit this story, but only offers a glimpse into the events that will unfold, ending with a strange creature looming over the injured hero.
The new trailer for Fire Emblem Fates also shows off some in-game footage. For the most part, Fates seems like it will borrow heavily from its Awakening predecessor gameplay-wise, but there definitely seems to be a wider variety of combat environments in store, as well as more options in battle.
Fans of the series will have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on Fire Emblem Fates, unfortunately. The game has a very vague release date of 2016, so it could possibly even be a year or more until Fates is released. The other Fire Emblem game shown off during E3 2015, the Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem crossover JRPG, is also due for release in 2016, so next year could very well be the Year of Fire Emblem for Nintendo gamers.
Fire Emblem will also be represented in the upcoming platformer Super Mario Maker. As announced by Nintendo during their E3 2015 Digital Event, using Fire Emblem Amiibos with Super Mario Maker will put 8-bit versions of the characters in the game. It remains to be seen if Amiibo functionality will be utilized for Fire Emblem Fates, and if so, in what capacity Amiibos will be used.
Fire Emblem Fates is coming at an undetermined point in 2016, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.