During the latest Nintendo Direct Broadcast, Nintendo announced a brand new Fire Emblem game, coming to the west in 2016 exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. Japanese gamers will have to wait a lot less, as they’ll get the game on June 25th. Talk about ridiculous localization times…
We also got to see a trailer, which was all kinds of lovely. Check it out below, alongside a few screenshots, illustration and the box artwork.
The game will prompt players to choose between two different kingdoms at war with each other (Hoshido and Nohr). The story will change drastically according to the choices made by the player.
The Hoshido side will be more similar to classic Fire Emblem games, with the hero fighting to fend off the invaders. It will also be more accessible. The Nohr side will have a more complex story in which the hero will work to revolutionize the kingdom from the inside, and it will be more challenging.
Incidentally “Fire Emblem” is a working title for the west, so it’ll probably change before release.
The Japanese title is Fire Emblem if, and will be released in two versions pretty much like Pokémon: White Night Kingdom and Dark Night Kingdom.
Update: more information appeared in the official website. Basically each version includes only one path, while the other will be offered as DLC, with a third path that hasn’t been detailed yet, going the same DLC route.
If you want all three paths without additional purchases, you’ll have to get the limited edition that includes the whole package and other goodies. This, though, is for now valid only for Japan, as no information has been given for the western market.