Fire Emblem Warriors released some new screenshots for the Switch that give a closer look at the two original characters that will star alongside popular heroes like Marth and Chrom. Additional details about rest of the game's cast as well as gameplay details were also revealed.
According to a feature in the Japanese video game magazine Famitsu, Fire Emblem Warriors will debut a pair of twin heroes named Sion and Lian as they join up with characters primarily from Fire Emblem Fates, and Fire Emblem Awakening, two of the more recent Fire Emblem games on the 3DS.
Fire Emblem Warriors will also include some characters from Shadow Dragon, a 2008 remake of a classic Fire Emblem game starring Marth. Though I have a weird feeling the only character from that game will be Marth.
It's not clear whether or not Fire Emblem Warriors will only be drawing characters from a few games in the franchise, but details say that the cast will be pretty diverse in terms of abilities. So maybe the characters will either only be from the recent games, or in the case of Marth, famous ones.
In terms of gameplay, the designers at Koei Tecmo and Nintendo revealed that the roster won't just be filled with sword users, but magic users and archers as well. They also revealed that the game's triangle weapon system will remain intact, suggesting lance and and axe heroes will also feature prominently in the game. I wonder if cavalry units might also make an appearance?
I don't mind that Fire Emblem Warriors will pull its roster mainly from the more recent games. After all, Fire Emblem Awakening pretty much set the standard for the modern incarnation of the franchise with its emphasis on relationships and social connections. Based on the designs of the two original characters, Sion and Lian however, I hope original characters will also join the roster. The new faces in previous Nintendo Warriors games like Hyrule Warriors were at least good attempts, and I hope to see a fair amount of new faces alongside fan favorites.
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Fire Emblem Warriors is set to release on the Nintendo Switch and 3DS this fall.
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