Fire Emblem Fates has a release date of February 19, 2016 in America exclusively for 3DS. Two separate versions will be available: Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. Additionally, a third version, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, can be purchased as DLC from within the game. A special edition will contain all three versions, an artbook & 3DS pouch. Both versions can be purchased in physical form, or digitally via the 3DS eShop. A European release date has yet to be announced. Fates is the 15th game in the series and the follow-up to Fire Emblem: Awakening.
Check out the new details on Fire Emblem Fates from the November 2015 Nintendo Direct.
The two versions, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright & Conquest, offer different-perspectives on the same storyline’s brutal conflict where you are forced to pick a certain side. However each version is a self-contained game featuring different characters, scenarios, events, situations, dialog, and main character.
Additionally, Birthright is the easier path (missions can be replayed making for easier leveling/money-earning), whereas Conquest is more challenging. Birthright generally features “Kill All Enemies” missions, whereas Conquest offers more complex objectives.
Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation meanwhile, will feature a unique version of the game in which the main character doesn’t join either side; and thus it will reveal all-new details and – as the title says – “revelations”, regarding the game’s characters & storyline that aren’t revealed in the other two versions. It’s thus recommended that you play Revelations last, after playing Birthright and/or Conquest.
Last but not least, buy one copy of the game and you’ll be able to pick up the other digitally for a reduced price of $20 bucks. DLC-wise, a total of six maps will be released, the first being free. While each piece of DLC will be sold separately digitally, you can make things easier on yourself by buying “Fire Emblem Fates: Map Pack 1”, which contains all 6 maps at a reduced price. It will be sold in physical form (via a voucher, I assume) at special retailers. One would also assume that this “Season Pass”, can also be purchased digitally via the 3DS eShop at some point before the game hits shelves…
I cannot wait for Fire Emblem: Fates! I absolutely loved Fire Emblem: Awakening, which was the first Fire Emblem game I had ever played… even though I was always interested in the series. It also marked the very first Strategy RPG I had ever played. And boy did it make an impression! It also made me want to go back and play the entire rest of series.
And now here we are already with the sequel! Fire Emblem: Fates has so much content to delve into, it’s making me shake with anxiety at the mere thought of it all! THREE GAMES… Are you kidding me?!
Nintendo is really stepping up it’s RPG game next year.
Not only are we getting Fire Emblem Fates, but also Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U (which is late this year actually) and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam for DS, as well as the upcoming Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (Wii U) and Square Enix’s Bravely Second for 3DS (the sequel to “Bravely Default“). Then, of course, there’s The Legend of Zelda Wii U as well.
I wonder what else they have in store…
Now where is our Fire Emblem Chronology boxset that contains English versions of all the retro Fire Emblem games that we never got in the West?!
How excited are you for Fire Emblem Fates?!
Here’s the Fire Emblem: Fates image gallery.
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