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Heroes: Male Byleth Available in Next Mythic Banner (But is not a Mythic Hero)

On Friday, Fire Emblem Heroes revealed the highly anticipated Three Houses banner, but male Byleth was strangely absent. Of course, players can receive a free copy by purchasing Three Houses, but they said he’d be available to summon as well.

It turns out the male Byleth will debut in this month’s Mythic Hero banner, starting from 31st July 2019. However, they emphasise that male Byleth is not the new Mythic Hero. So he will simply be one of the 12 focus Heroes in the banner.

They don’t go any further than that, but I’m assuming he’ll be added to the regular summoning pool once the Mythic Hero banner expires. This is also when the Three Houses banner expires, so the timing is perfect.

Anyway, you can find his 5-star skills below:

  • Weapon: Creator Sword – Mt: 16, Range: 1, Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). During combat, disables foe’s skills that guarantee foe’s follow-up attack or prevent unit’s follow-up attack, and neutralizes skills that grant “Special cooldown charge +X” to foe or inflict “Special cooldown charge -X” on unit. This skill can only be equipped by its original unit.
  • Special: Ruptured Sky – Cooldown: 2, Boosts damage by 20% of foe’s Atk. If in combat against a dragon foe or a beast foe, boosts damage by 40% instead of 20%. Cannot be used by dragon, beast or staff units.
  • A Passive: Distant Counter – Unit can counterattack regardless of foe’s range. Cannot be used by ranged units.
  • B Passive: Chill Spd 3 – At start of turn, inflicts Spd-7 on foe on the enemy team with the highest Spd through its next action.
  • C Passive: Odd Spd Wave 3 – At start of odd-numbered turns, grants Spd+6 to unit and adjacent allies for 1 turn. (Bonus granted to unit even if no allies are adjacent).

Three Houses: Compilation and Analyses of Recent Video Previews

Last week, many media outlets and YouTubers unloaded their previews of Three Houses for eager fans to sink their teeth into. At the time, I was away on a secret mission (trapped in a waterlogged sports building), so I wasn’t able to follow all the coverage. But now that I’m back, let’s get right to it!

There’s no better place to start than the very beginning. If you’re curious, Gamereactor shared the game’s opening movie. Within, there are a mixture of scenes we’ve seen and others that are new. Because there’s a lot to cover, I won’t go through every single scene–just two of the more notable ones.

Around the 0:15 mark, a few crests can be seen flying around. The first three ones are Seiros, Blaiddyd and Riegan (the crests of the three house leaders), then most of the other crests follow. Unless I missed something, a few crests are absent–most notably Gautier, but also Cichol. The final crest is the protagonist’s Crest of Flames.

Later, around the 0:42 mark, there’s a character we haven’t seen before–a bearded, slightly tanned male–riding alongside some soldiers. From his general appearance, especially his dark hair and yellow-ish clothes, some fans suspect that he’s a relative of Claude’s, perhaps his father even?

Moving on, GameXplain uploaded the first cutscene. Unlike recent titles that begin in media res, Three Houses seems to start with the war between Seiros and Nemesis a thousand or so years ago. More precisely, it occurs in the imperial year 91, on the Tailtean Plains, in what is now Faerghus territory.

The battle proceeds like you’d expect, then the game-changing moment occurs. A golden blade–the Sword of Creation–comes flying from the sky, burning the nearby soldiers. The blade was thrown by Nemesis, who comes to retrieve it. Around this time, weird glowing red spots appear throughout the battlefield.

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Three Houses: Famitsu Scores the Game 37/40 & Writer Play Reviews

Today, the latest issue of Famitsu was released. The big news is that the magazine gave Three Houses a score of 37/40 [9, ,9, 10, 9]. At the time of writing, the review text is not available, but to be honest it’s rarely important. (Source)

This puts the game as one of the highest scoring FE titles, on par with Echoes, and one point above Mystery of the Emblem, Binding Blade, Awakening and Fates. Of course, if you’re dubious about Famitsu’s reviewing credibility, you have every right to be.

Correction: My brain wasn’t functioning properly for some reason. Three Houses scored higher, not lower than the five four games I mentioned.

In other related news, the new issue of Famitsu also includes a special pre-launch feature for the game. There are 8 pages of summarised information from previous issues of Famitsu (aka nothing new), plus play reports from three of Famitsu’s writers. You can find translations of the latter below.

The Writers

  • Lipsaiton — Played nearly every FE game. Picked the Black Eagles.
  • Professor Tsutsumi — Has been a decade since they last played a FE. Picked the Blue Lions.
  • Godzilla Outa — Completely new to the series. Picked the Golden Deer.

You can really taste the flavour and charm of “FE” in this game!

I’m Lipsaiton, a writer who’s been playing the FE series since the very first game. If you ask me about my gameplay impressions, I feel like the game system has undergone a big change, but the core flavour and charm of the series remains the same.

For this title, from the way the characters heads turn, the visuals have become more realistic. The game system, specifically the way you raise characters has been greatly enhanced. Mechanics, like the way units fight while leading battalions, are really innovative. Since FE Fates, the appearance and game system has changed a lot; could it even still be considered the same kind of game? I thought about this and there are probably many series fans thinking the same. But in the end, these concerns will probably end up being swept away.

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Three Houses: Famitsu Preview (Pre-launch Summary and Writer Reviews)

Normally, we’d have to wait 2 or 3 weeks for our next Famitsu article, but not this time! Today, Famitsu posted a preview of their Three Houses pre-launch special, which will appear in the 1st August 2019 issue, releasing on 18th July.

Two preview images were included. The first one suggests that the article will mainly be a summary and recap of everything we’ve learned in the previous 5 articles. There’s a blurb about the story, profiles for male and female Byleth and screenshots from a battle and the academy. Basically, all stuff we’ve seen before.

Famitsu often includes these kinds of summaries right before a game launches for two reasons. Firstly, it’s useful for readers who haven’t been following every single article–and especially those who haven’t read a single one. Secondly, it’s so they don’t have to write anything new. Win-win! That said, they do like to sprinkle in some new screenshots and tidbits.

The second preview image might be more of interest. Unfortunately this image is small and blurry, because it’s actually half the size. From the description, it features “play reviews” from Famitsu’s writer(s). It seems there’s one for each house. To be honest, they’ll probably be more useful than the standard Famitsu reviews, which are like two or three sentences.