As we slowly tick down to the summer release date, I’ll pounce on any Three Houses news I can get, and a brief new Fire Emblem Three Houses teaser showing both the male and female versions of protagonist Byleth is certainly much appreciated! We got a bonus look at the Three Houses form of Anna from the official Twitter’s new profile picture too!
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Here’s a better look at both versions of the protagonist and that lovely Anna:
It may not be much, but it’s nice to finally see female Byleth in action. There are also some more details about Fire Emblem Three Houses from the latest issue of Famitsu, and Twitter user @bk2128 has very generously provided some translations. These go into a little more detail about the main characters and some key gameplay features.
Protagonist (default name Byleth)
Male CV: Kobayashi Yusuke, Female CV: Itou Shizuka
Your mother passed away, so you’ve been living with your father, who was previously the leader of the Knights of Seiros and now leads a mercenary band. While working as a mercenary, your talents are noticed and you’re invited to teach at the academy.
CV: Ohtsuka Akio
A legendary man said to be the strongest knight in history. He was summoned to Garrag Mach Monastery along with the protagonist, prompting him to return to the Knights.
CV: Kurosawa Tomoyo
A mysterious girl who looks young in appearance but speaks in an old manner. She saves the protagonist one fateful night. She doesn’t usually show up, instead communicating with the protagonist through telepathy, meaning no one else has noticed her. She has no memory of her true self.
CV: Kakuma Ai
Princess of the Adrestian Empire who has been promised the position as the next Empress. She is very talented, and gives off a cold and noble aura. Of the three houses, the Adrestian Empire is the oldest. Many of its people are more skilled in magic than with weapons.
CV: Ishikawa Kaito
An eloquent young man with good manners. He embodies chivalry but also holds a darkness. The Holy Kingdom of Faerghus is known for its knights, which might be why many of its students are good at using spears.
CV: Toyonaga Toshinuki
A friendly young man with a smile that suits him well. Although he doesn’t seem to like thinking about things too deeply, he has sharp insight. Compared to the other classes, the Golden Deer has the most students who are commoners rather than nobles. Many of them are good at using bows.
Here’s what we know about gameplay so far:
Fire Emblem Three Houses has a time rewind system, which is made possible by Sothis’s ability to turn back time. It’s a system similar to Mila’s Turnwheel in Shadows of Valentia where you can rewind by movement but usage is limited.
Another similarity to Shadows of Valentia are terrain effects. As well as determining movement costs and evasion rates, some spots have gimmicks such as restoring HP or warping a character to another spot.
When the game is started, there will be choices for Normal or Hard difficulty and Classic or Casual styles of play.
Class Change uses a Qualification Exam system. Characters must spend exam passes and the chance of success improves with correct skill ranks. Once the class has been unlocked, the character can change back freely at any time and their level won’t go back down to Level 1 either.
Each character has good and bad ranks for the ranked skills, which are as follows: Sword Skill, Spear Skill, Axe Skill, Bow Skill, Physics (Black and Dark Magic), Faith (White Magic), Flying, Heavy Armour, Horseriding.
Characters will start in either the Commoner or Noble class, depending on their origins, but both starting classes are the same in terms of stats, having some magic capability but no other highlights. The first class upgrades are after reaching Level 5, and they are Myrmidon (sword), Soldier (spear), Warrior (axe and bow), Monk (magic).
Fire Emblem Three Houses releases worldwide on July 26th for Nintendo Switch.
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