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In celebration of Fire Emblem Heroes' first birthday, which happens on 2 Feburary, Nintendo will release an update to Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android. Quite a bit of information was divulged in this surprise announcement, so without further ado, let's jump right into it.

First Anniversary Present

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Nintendo announced all players would receive a first anniversary gift of 50 orbs. For the uninitiated, orbs are the currency used to summon new heroes. Each summon costs five orbs, meaning you get a total of 10 free summons. The first anniversary present will be available starting 1 February and ends on 7 March.

Daily Maps

Beginning on 1 February, daily maps will be available to all players. There will be a total of 25 maps, with a new one being made available each day. The daily maps will be made available in the special m aps area and each map has two difficulty settings you can play; each difficulty grants an orb upon first completion.

Developer Challenge

Beginning 3 February, more teams created by the developers will be made available for players to battle.

Daily Grand Hero Battle Revival

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A piece of guest art made to celebrate the FEH's first anniversary by artist Maeshima Shigeki

Grand Heroes that have previously left the game will be returning for the festivities, including Xander. Beginning on 8 February, Grand Heroes will begin appearing in maps. Xander's encounter will now have an infernal difficulty level added. 

Special Training Maps

FEH is adding special training maps, each of which is designed to allow a specific type of ally to level up. Each day a total of five maps will be made available.

Hero Fest: Legendary Hero Summoning Event

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Also coming to FEH is a new Hero Fest. This event focuses on legendary heroes, with a 5% appearance rate, the four heroes this even focuses on are Nephenee, Ike, Lyn and Sigurd. 

New Mode: Tap Battle: Illusory Dungeon

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The most interesting announcement of the evening came in the form of a new mode for FEH which incorporates a brand new play style, Tap Battle: Illusory Dungeon. In Tap Battle mode, FEH becomes a rhythm game. Enemies approach one of your four on-screen allies in time with music and you must tap the screen just before they attack to dispatch them. 

The gameplay appears to mimic that of Square's Theatrhythm series which was a hit on the 3DS. Tap Battle begins on 8 February and runs through 22 February.

A Hero Rises: New Voting Event

Last, but not least, Nintendo announced a new event is coming to FEH, beginning 1 February. In the event, players can vote for their favourite hero. Once voting concludes, every player will receive that hero. There was no end date reported for voting. 

That's all Nintendo announced. It appears they intend to support Fire Emblem Heroes for the foreseeable future, despite the recent death of Miitomo. Are you still playing Fire Emblem Heroes? What do you make of this update, and if you have quit, will this bring you back into the fold? Let us know with a comment below.