Nintendo details how often Fire Emblem Heroes players can expect new content to be added to the recently released smartphone app. Apparently it will be quite often.
Last week, Fire Emblem Heroes was released for iOS and Android devices, bringing yet another classic Nintendo franchise to mobile. Now, players are asking how much post-launch support the game will get — and it seems like there will be plenty.
“We plan to add new stories continually after release, at a pace of about two a month or one every two weeks,” said the game’s director, Kouhei Maeda, speaking to IGN. It’s not entirely clear whether the “stories” that Maeda refers to are individual missions, or sets of missions.
However, that’s not the only post-launch content that Maeda confirmed for Fire Emblem Heroes. The director also noted that new characters and skills are on their way, and teased the idea of new modes that put a different spin on the series’ familiar gameplay.
Maeda’s co-director Shingo Matsushita was also on hand to comment on the newly released app. He revealed that Nintendo expects to support Fire Emblem Heroes with new content for as long as players continue to support the game.
Unlike Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes is a true free-to-play game, which relies on in-app purchases to make a profit rather than a one-off payment to unlock all content. That might disappoint fans who would prefer to see Nintendo uphold tradition, but it’s good news for anyone that wants to see new maps and characters added to the game for the foreseeable future.
If players continue to spend money on Fire Emblem Heroes, we can expect to see new content on a regular basis. Nintendo has big plans for the franchise going forward, with several projects set to release across the 3DS and the Switch over the next twelve months, and it seems like those titles could link up with the mobile app in some way.
Maeda was reticent to discuss any details when probed, but indicated that an announcement would be forthcoming. “My apologies; we can’t discuss details at this time,” he said. “But I hope you’ll be willing to be patient with us.”
Fifteen years ago, the Fire Emblem franchise was almost unheard of outside of Japan. Today, it’s positioned as one of Nintendo’s key properties as the company moves into a new console generation and attempts to break into mobile gaming. Few would have predicted such a meteoric rise for the strategy series — but you can always count on Nintendo to make its established characters earn their keep.
Fire Emblem Heroes is available now for iOS and Android devices.