If you’re an avid Fire Emblem fan you may want to grab a box of tissues, although I don’t think it’s too much of a surprise it looks as though the upcoming Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may be the last entry for the mainline series on the 3DS.
Series Producer, Hitoshi Yamagami, was speaking with Dengeki Nintendo who are a Japanese magazine publication and he went on to state that FEE: SOV will likely be the last entry for the 3DS console. I wouldn’t say I’m too surprised to hear the news as we’ve been treated quite well in the past with Fire Emblem: Awakening and Fire Emblem: Fates and their attention is probably heading over to the Switch.
FEE: SOV is a re-make of Japan only title Fire Emblem: Gaiden and features a couple of new features that haven’t been seen in more of the modern titles. Two new Amiibo are being released alongside the game which depict the two protagonists of the game, Alm & Celica which unlock extra dungeons.
In terms of gameplay, you can explore towns, villages and dungeons all in third person with the camera behind the players back. Something that is quite foreign to the Fire Emblem series as a whole, usually you’re limited to the tactical maps and dialogue scenes but never have you been able to actually control your characters in this way.
Of course once you encounter an enemy things may look a little more familiar and switches to the more traditional Fire Emblem a lot of fans are probably used to. The story follows two armies led by Celica & Alm as they try to restore peace to Valentia and there’s an additional sixth chapter that’s been added to this remake as well that wasn’t in the original.
We’ve also got Fire Emblem Warriors coming out later this year, so the 3DS certainly isn’t short of Fire Emblem love.