A short time ago, Nintendo revealed a large helping of info about Fire Emblem: Three Houses, showcasing the game's school-based setting. While we can't wait to get our hands on the finished product, we have to admit that the setup did seem to be a little underwhelming; it felt like tactical title set in the Harry Potter world, almost.
For those of you in the same boat, rest easy. Nintendo has just revealed the killer twist behind the game during its E3 Direct presentation.
It turns out that the school setting serves as a prologue of sorts, and the bulk of the game takes place five years afterwards, when the three houses of the title are at war.
While this certainly makes the game look a lot more interesting in our eyes, some fans have complained that this should have been left for the player to discover when the title actually launches:
Do you think Nintendo should have kept this a secret until Fire Emblem: Three Houses was released? Let us know with a comment.
Well it certainly got my attention. Didn't care for the school mechanic at all, but now that it starting to look like classic Fire Emblem I may pick it up.
Hah, one of their ads on twitter literally already spoiled who one of the big antagonists was.
I can kind of understand this revelation though. A lot of people were hesitant with this installment because of the similar designs and all the new focus on the school, micromanaging, etc and that it wouldn't be what was custom for the series. This definitely helped quell many people's concerns with that.
I've avoided any and all spoilers regarding this game after the trailer that clarified the school setting. I'm just writing this comment, not looking at the article.
It's pretty insane to me that the devs can't even be bothered to keep their games' storylines as something that players can experience by themselves in the actual game.
I think "spoiling" the game is gonna get more people interested. A lot of people wrote it off because of the school setting
It may be my impression, but recently it seems like most major games get their plot twist, surprises and main events revealed in the trailers.
I can't even blame them, while I'm not a fan of spoilers, keeping anything "secret" just means lots of sites and leakers will spoil it anyway as soon as the first copies of the game start to be delivered a few weeks from the release.
Still I'm honestly unsure if call these information on the new FE "spoiler", but I can understand why the dev prefered to make a grand trailer out of it instead then pointlessy hope they could keep it secret for long.
Maybe they didn't want to reveal this, but felt they had to for marketing reasons because of a possible lukewarm response to what they'd revealed so far.
I was cautious optimistic about the school setting, but hearing this “spoiler” about the story actually gets me more hyped to play the game.
I still don't know if it was downright spoiled... The dragon lady says something along the lines of the protagonist being able to see both timelines at the same time...
This is why I avoid trailers like this as much as possible like Kingdom Hearts III for example I wanted to keep it as a surprise.
If they would have held off and let players discover it the sales would have eventually picked back up after news spread. Should have been kept secret.
I was still going to buy it anyway.
Personally, I don't mind this much. I was starting to warm up to the school setting, but this helped to show that there's more to the proceedings. While we may have been slightly spoiled, this is still just a certain part/area of the game. I'm sure there'll be more twists to find.
I did mind it. During the Direct, although I must admit that the story sounded more interesting, a part of me felt that I would’ve preferred to have discovered it for myself.
Well if the school setting is just a prologue, it makes sense that they would talk about the rest of the game.
I was going to skip this game entirely, the first in FE series for me since it came to west. I'm not too keen on the recent change in direction for FE becoming way too animey, and the whole Valkyria Chronicles anime school of war was a deal breaker for me. I may get this later if it actually plays like a Fire Emblem game
Even if it is expected to have a "let's take a summer vacation from war and take the whole platoon to the beach so we can oogle them in swimwear" episode...
I didn't guess the 5 year time skip, but I figured the 3 would end up fighting.
My guess is there will be a route for you siding with each group, and a 4th route for a "true ending".
Though I would rather it play out that no matter who you side with, you get to the true ending and the path you take is different.
This kinda shifted me to a first day buy. It seemed this was going to be another Fates disaster. What I want is a a route where it all leads to a single ending just from different points of views.
They probably showed it because it was leaked before E3 on reddit.
Anyway, I like the twist and don't mind that they showed it, because now you know they're all going to war but no idea how they'll handle killing their old classmates.
And while Edelgard and Claude look amazing after the time skip, time isn't doing any favors for Dimitri. I wonder if he's going down the Takumi route in Conquest.
Did people think the entire game was going to be set primarily at one school?
I mean... I kinda guessed that anyway by looking at the new trailer 😂
I feel that Nintendo didnt want to reveal the time skip mechanic but felt they had to choice if they wanted to better martket and advertise the game. It was ok to me but now its a day 1. I love that time skip concept. Feels like you add depth to the characters in the story.
Personally I'm really excited about the reveal. I'm a huge FE fan, but was very on the edge for 3 Houses after all of the "anime high school" elements were shown. Very excited to see where the game goes with the time skip.
it's good they revealed it. It really rubbed me the wrong way with that school setting idea and I know a lot of people felt similar (even one of the more known FE groups got a burnout because of it).
That E3 reveal made my interest go from 1 to 10 and I will be definitely getting it whereas before I didn't feel like even keeping up with updates and news not to mention buying it.
They basically saved this game from a big prank gone wrong.
TBH, it is a shame they had to spoil it because so many people "disappointed" with the school mechanic. I thought it was a nice change of pace, keeping the core mechanics while doing something new. Oh well, it is what it is. Would have loved to be bamboozled. Still getting the game regardless.
People have really become way too much with spoiler sensitivity. Its impossible to go into a story knowing absolutely nothing about it. How would you ever know if a story sounded interesting to you if you didn't understand something about the premise? You're going to consume a lot of bad stories to chance upon something in your taste? Its not a story breaking spoiler. There's a war, like every other Fire Emblem, we still don't know the why's and the who's and the resolution to it all. Relax people. The game sounds more interesting to me now honestly.
No, they needed to reveal this twist to make sure people actually buy the game. I'm sure there are plenty of people who weren't interested in the school setting and were going to pass on the game until this new trailer revitalized their interest in it.
@RetiredR Actually, this makes it even more like "Harry Potter" (or "RWBY"). After all the school stuff, they wind up outside of school fighting in a war like in "Deathly Hallows."
Trailers aren't for people who are going to buy the game day one. Everyone else needed to know this. I'm way more interested in the game now.
Makes sense, the school thing is one of the biggest cliche's and Intelligent Systems probably want to make it clear that this is not the entirety of the game.
The trailer makes all seem pretty intentional to me. It's quite obvious that school thing turns into an all out war.
To me this twist is amazing. Love timeskip, last time FE did it (not counting awakening because it was like nothing happened) it was one of the best entries of the franchise.
Well Nintendo didn't screw it up nearly as bad AS YOU did, see I didn't go looking for that, you brought THAT to my attention just now with this article, sooo YOU spoiled it for me, not Nintendo. Thank you, thank you very much.
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