Fighting continues at Garreg Mach.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses was by far the best-selling game in the entire series, having sold over 2.87 million copies so far. After such a rousing success, it’s not surprising that we’re getting a Warriors game that centers around these same characters and locations. Warriors games differ greatly from core Fire Emblem entries, which we’ll get into below, but they’re still a good time and allow you to have more fun with familiar characters.

Fire Emblem vs Fire Emblem Warriors: What’s the difference?

Fire Emblem Warriors is a spinoff of the regular Fire Emblem series. Three Hopes is specifically a spinoff of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Instead of tactical, turn-based JRPG gameplay, the Warriors series is developed by Koei Tecmo and features hack-and-slash combat, similar to how Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was a spinoff from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Warriors games are all about taking on hordes of enemies while playing as various characters from a given series. These titles tend to be far less plot-focused than the mainline Fire Emblem games, and more about mashing buttons while using unique character skills. They’re generally more action-focused and don’t require nearly as much strategy.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes reveal trailer

We first learned of this games’ existence during the February 2022 Nintendo Direct with an official trailer. You can watch it above.

Mysterious Mercenary Trailer

This video released on April 12, 2022 and gives more insights into the main character, Shez.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes — What’s the story?

This Nintendo Switch game will have plenty of replay value since there are different paths to take. Players “revisit a war-torn Fódlan”, which is the land where Three Houses took place, and take on the role of a new character named Shez who has purple hair and can either be male or female. Their goal is to seek out and destroy Byleth, who they refer to as the “Ashen Demon.”

During the course of the game, players will need to decide if Shez will allign with Edelgard and her axe for the Scarlet Blaze path, Dimitri and his lance for the Azure Gleam path, or Claude and his Bow for the Golden Wildfire path to take on massive hordes of enemies and monsters during the course of this story.

As far as time period is concerned, the main characters still seem to be young and not their adult selves. However, they also are sporting clothes and hairstyles that are different from their young selves in Three Houses.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes — Who are the characters?

These are all of the characters that we spied while scouring the official trailers and screenshots. It’s worth noting that female Byleth is shown in the trailer and on official key artwork, but male Byleth hasn’t been seen anywhere yet. It’s unclear if male Byleth is even in the game. Confirmed playable characters are marked with (*).

Character Description
“Shez” (F/M)* The main protagonist. A young person on a quest to defeat “the Ashen Demon,” which is Byleth. They can either be male or female and you can give them any name.
Byleth Eisner (F) A wandering mercenary who has the Crest of Flames. They found themselves teaching students at Garreg Mach Monastery.
Sothis A mysterious girl who communicates with Byleth in dreams and has a major Crest of Flames.
Arval Fulfills a similar role for Shez as Sothis did for Byleth.
Edelgard von Hresvelg* Leading student for the Black Eagles and heir to the Adrestian Empire. The axe is her weapon of choice.
Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd* House leader of the Blue Lions and the crown prince of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus. He weilds a lance and has a Minor Crest of Blaiddyd.
Claude von Riegan* The leader of the Golden Deer house and heir to House Riegan of the Leicester Alliance. He’s handy with a bow and arrow.
Hubert von Vestra* Edelgard’s right hand man and vassal since their early years.
Hilda Valentine Goneril* She has a lazy personality, but she’s Claude’s right hand and fights hard when she wants to.
Dedue Molinaro* He lost his family and home when his people were blamed for King Lambert’s assassination. However, Dimitri saved him and Dedue has been at the prince’s side ever since.
Flayn She is the younger sister of Seteth who is the second-in-command and chief aid for the Church of Seiros. She lives at the Garreg Mach Monastery with her brother.

What to know about the Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes War Map

As is common in Warriors games, it looks like players will choose assignments by looking at a map. In this case, it’s known as the War Map. Upon selecting a mission, a description, along with the rewards for completing it, will appear on the upper right side of the screen. A screenshot of the War Map from the official trailer also shows a lock symbol over certain assignments, which means we will have to meet certain requirements before being able to access all of the quests.

What’s the Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes game file size?

This game is 15.6GB, making it one of the bigger games on Nintendo Switch. For reference, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is only 14.4GB.

When is the Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes release date?

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is set to release on June 24, 2022 and is currently available for preorder at Best Buy.

War across Fódlan

Take up your weapon and return to the phenomenal characters from Three Houses. You can play as Edelgard, Dimitri, Claude, and a host of other characters while taking on monsters and hordes in more action-packed gameplay.

Updated April 12, 2022: Added info about Shez and other info revealed in the new trailer.

Return to Garreg Mach

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

$60 at Best Buy

Byleth hack and slash

Return to the world of Fire Emblem: Three Houses as you battle giant hordes of enemies while playing as your favorite characters.

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