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Three Houses: Gamespot E3 Preview + Analysis & Treehouse Live Reminder

Following yesterday’s dramatic E3 trailer for Three Houses, a few media outlets had a chance to try out a demo build of the game. Among them were Gamespot, who posted an insightful gameplay preview.

In this roughly 8 minute video, they showed off various gameplay snippets and talked about the game flow. As we now know, the game is divided into two parts: the “school phase” and the “war phase” 5 years later. Apparently the school phase lasts a full year or 12 months.

According to Gamespot, the weapon triangle is no more. Also, children do not make a re-appearance and romance has yet to be confirmed, but you can definitely build relationships, at least during the school phase. Finally, you can recruit students from other houses for the war phase, although we don’t know the exact limitations.

That’s about all the important new details, but there’s actually a lot more if you study the video in depth. Fans may be interested to know that the legendary heroes of Fódlan, previously translated as the 10 Greats, are the 10 Elites. Also, Byleth’s mystery crest is the Crest of Flames and his/her sword is the Sword of the Creator.

Also, as a reminder, Three Houses will be featured in today’s Treehouse Live segment (which can be viewed here). Apparently it’ll be the first game featured, which kind of makes up for its absence yesterday. Treehouse Live starts at 9 am PT/12 pm ET, so at the same time as the Nintendo Direct.

Otherwise, please keep reading for a full analysis of the Gamespot video!

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Three Houses Featured in Japanese Switch Advert (few seconds of footage)

A few weeks ago, the Nintendo Switch reached its 2nd anniversary. To remind Japanese consumers that it’s still going strong, Nintendo released a couple of Spring-time adverts featuring recent and upcoming games.

Interestingly, Three Houses was one of the games shown. That said, you probably know it releases on 26th July, which I’m fairly sure falls under Summer. Perhaps they’re slowly building up hype or was the advert produced while it was still a Spring release?

Sadly, despite being completely new footage, the footage itself is very short–no longer than 6 or 7 seconds in total. Also, everything is off-screen and blurry, so it’s extremely difficult to look at the details. That said, I tried my best…

First up, we’re shown a glimpse of Byleth performing a coordinated gambit on what I think is a Thief (as in the affiliation, not the class). He orders his battalion to charge the enemy, similar to what Edelgard did in the second trailer. You can also see the same glowing effect above his name box.

In the background, you can hear Fódlan Winds (aka Fódlan’s Dawning Wind), which is a battle map song that appears in the second trailer–and was also recently showcased alongside the Japanese special edition. Most likely this is an early-game song.

Perhaps the most important thing: this is the first time we clearly hear (male) Byleth’s voice. Previously, we hadn’t heard Byleth speak in any dialogue scenes or (obviously) in battle. This led some fans to wonder if he/she is a silent protagonist.

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The History of Serenes Forest (via History of the Emblem)

History of the Emblem is a growing YouTube channel that explains the stories and lore of the Fire Emblem games, among other topics. As it happens, our very own website is featured in their latest video!

The video, which is just under 6 minutes long, outlines the history of Serenes Forest all the way from its conception to the present day. Oh boy, seeing the older versions of the website really brings me back…

A big thanks to History of the Emblem for spending the time to gather and present all the relevant information. If you’d like to support them, please do give their channel a visit. From what I’ve seen, their videos are informative and pretty funny.

On a related note, our website reached its 14th anniversary last month. I am really grateful to everyone who visits this site–no matter how often–and to all my staff members for helping to keep the site running smoothly.

This year, on top of the all the regular Heroes and Cipher news coverage, Three Houses is going to be a huge focus for us. Both pre-release and post-release. If you’re interested, I hope you stick around for all the good times to come!

Below, you can find a write up of this website’s history that I provided to History of the Emblem, for their video.

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Heroes: Remembering Books I & II, and “Fire and Ice” Banner available now!

Another Fire Emblem Heroes News update has arrived! The Nintendo Mobile YouTube channel dropped a new video today, titled “Remembering Books I & II.”

The end of the video reveals a new, rather ominous still:

Alfonse stands alone. In front of him lay two bodies, possibly those of Sharena and Kieran/Summoner. Or maybe, the King and Queen of Askr? It is quite hard to tell, but those are not Sharena’s shoes, despite the similar hairstyle.

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