Today during the Nintendo Direct, Nintendo showed off more information about the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses for Nintendo Switch. The next entry in Intelligent Systems' strategy series is coming this summer. Building upon Fire Emblem Fates' two-sided conflict, Three Houses charges players with establishing peace in the continent of Fodlan.
The player character—you can choose between a male or female avatar—is a young soldier working under their father Geralt. (You can get The Witcher jokes out of the way now.) You're offered the chance to become a professor at the Officer's Academy, the training school for the Church of Seiros. The Church maintains the order between the three powers of Fodlan, with its headquarters, the Garreg Mach Monastery, sitting at the center of the three kingdoms.
Each kingdom feeds its best into the Officer's Academy, led by their heirs. The Adrestian Empire, has the androgynous heir Edelgard, who leads the Black Eagles house within the Academy. Dmitri will one day become emperor of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, backed by the Acaemy's Blue Lions. Finally, students from the Leicester Alliance enter the school as the Golden Deer, with Claude at their head. (Yeah, it's a little like Harry Potter.) From the trailer, it looks like the player character is friends with all three heirs, which will probably lead to some drama.
As professor, you'll choose to lead one of these houses to victory. You can give students lesson plans, training them with new skills and improving their current abilities. You can also have students work together to increase their bonds, helping them become stronger together on the battlefield. And in the background, a mysterious girl named Sothis—who only the player can see—gives you cryptic information about the future.
There was no mention of the romantic aspects that became a series staple with Fire Emblem: Awakening, but brief snippets of the trailer did show affection being raised through student interactions.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is coming to Nintendo Switch on July 26. Players can also pick up the Seasons of Warfare Edition with Artbook, Sound Selection CD, Steelbook case, and Calendar.