Fire Emblem: Three Houses Gameplay Details Revealed

Although the latest Nintendo Direct was filled with big news, upcoming Switch title Fire Emblem: Three Houses was the centerpiece, with an extended trailer showing off tons of narrative details about the upcoming game. We also saw combat in action and learned more about how characters will form bonds.

In Three Houses, three ruling powers share the land in relative harmony. You–either a male or female character–are a mercenary under your father Jeralt’s command, and you receive an offer to teach at the Officer’s Academy.

The Academy is composed of the titular three houses–the Black Eagles, Blue Lions, or Golden Deer–and train them in particular skills to help you in battle. You’re in charge of building a lesson plan of sorts that will help them learn and grow. Your students can also interact and form bonds at the academy, which will influence their actions on the battlefield.

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Here’s how a Nintendo press release sums things up: “The Black Eagles. The Blue Lions. The Golden Deer. Three noble houses that are part of the Officer’s Academy, an elite facility that trains students in the ways of weapons, magic and special skills. As a professor, the player must choose one of these houses to lead its students in grid-based battles with life-or-death stakes. Each house is comprised of many different students to meet and train, each with her or his own personality and skills. These students can interact with each other at the academy, strengthening their bonds and supporting each other on the battlefield.”

Fire Emblem: Three Houses was originally scheduled for launch this spring but will now release for Nintendo Switch on July 26. The presentation also included a rundown of the game’s special edition. In other Nintendo Direct news, the company began the presentation with the announcement of Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch, as well as a Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake.