Nintendo and Intelligent Systems' free-to-play Fire Emblem smartphone game turns four years old today, and a new wave of updates and rewards have arrived to celebrate the occasion.
Whether you've been playing Fire Emblem Heroes from day one, or you're just jumping in this year, there's plenty of fun stuff taking place over the next few weeks. New avatar customisations, Copy Skills, a Legendary Hero Remix summoning event and more have all been revealed – you can find all the details below, or watch the latest Feh Channel video update above to learn more.
"Beginning with the next version update on Feb. 4, you’ll be able to customize your summoner avatar’s name, appearance and greeting when you visit a friend’s castle using the My Summoner menu! In addition, summoners will soon be able to join the battle against Thórr’s advancing army in Mjölnir’s Strike! Prepare your summoner for the big fight by learning formidable skills using the new Copy Skills power. Copy Skills allows you to choose skills that your ally Heroes have, copy them and equip them. Thórr’s army won’t know what hit them!"
"For those with an eye for Legendary Heroes, on Feb. 11 a new type of summoning event will be introduced – the Legendary Hero Remix. Some of the Legendary Heroes that previously appeared in Legendary Hero summoning events will begin appearing in Legendary Hero Remix summoning events instead. They may even be able to learn additional skills! With two 5-star focus Heroes available for each summoning stone color, it’ll be easier to add a Legendary Hero, like Fjorm or Ike, to your barracks."
"Finally, what better way to round out the 4th Anniversary celebrations than with a 4-star Special Rate! Beginning Feb. 4, your 4-star Special Rate may allow you to summon a 4-Star Hero that automatically awakens to become a 5-star Hero! Some of the 5-star newly added Heroes that appeared in the game up until August 2018 can be summoned this way. Better yet, the 5-star Hero appearance rate that you’ve built up with summons won’t be reduced through this method. May you be blessed with wonderful allies!"
Nintendo and Intelligent Systems have also shared this delightful piece of celebratory artwork:
Do you play Fire Emblem Heroes? Or do you tend to stick with the more traditional console games like Fire Emblem: Three Houses on Switch? Let us know in the comments.
Congrats to everyone who voted for Gatekeeper. You all managed to actually get him to first. I’m personally happy that Hapi got into the top 40 voted characters. That’s all I was hoping for! Can’t wait to see what IS does for gatekeeper’s special outfit😂
I just closed my game. Oh well reopen it now.
It's been four years already?!
I forgot that this even existed
I like the art and the rhythm game. That's about it, I find mobile games both boring and confusing.
Stopped at the three year anniversary. Too many pay to win mechanics. I can honestly see I'm glad I made time for other (mobile) games
@Blooper987 I hate to say this, but who is Gate Keeper? Is it something from Three Houses?
Because I have not played that game yet even though I recently got a Switch.
@Caryslan yeah. He stands in front of the school and reports on stuff
@Caryslan He's great character, but also a meme.
4 years... don't think I've missed a day.
Is this actually doing well? (honest question - don't read as being lofty.)
@GrailUK Unless I am wrong, it's Nintendo's most successful mobile game on terms of profit and playerbase.
@Caryslan Wow. Funny how Mario hasn't quite managed the leap onto mobile yet. Mind you, on the other hand, to see how successful Switch is, maybe putting IP on phones to introduce their games is working? I guess that would be very hard to measure.
@GrailUK It’s Nintendo’s most profitable mobile game, despite the lower install base, because the smaller, more hardcore player base is more likely to drop large amounts of money on micro transactions. Mario mobile games have more players, but most are unlikely to spend more than £5 on the game, whereas many Heroes players have spent hundreds on the the Gachapon mechanics.
@Munchlax Oh, aren't they called 'whales' or something?
@GrailUK Yes, the FEH playerbase is filled with whales, to the point where they are basically the only players who still play it. This probably means that the devs are powercreeping the game deliberately, knowing that their remaining audience will just keep sinking costs to stay up to date, so the game continually makes money even 4 years on with a fraction of the year 1 players.
I still find this a shallower grindy-er and pale version of Fire Emblem. I don't let myself play it because I get too tempted to get Lyn in more silly outfits she never wore. XD
I liked hero’s more than three houses lol.
I rarely play a mobile game though. I only have the SMT game and a chess game installed right now.
@Munchlax Eww, no thank you. Still, mobile phone players made their bed. Let em lie in it I say!
The game that keeps on giving. I played it for a couple years a while back and got a lot of good fun out of it. Good times.
Love this game. The only mobile game I play, and yeah, I’ve played it almost every day for four years 😅
Wait, that game is still alive?
@GrailUK The problem is, the mobile market is strange in the sense of what players are willing to pay for. Mobile Phone gamers will complain about paying 10 bucks into Super Mario Run and getting all the content in the game, but will spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on a game like Fire Emblem Heroes or Dragonball Legends.
It's why Nintendo has struggled in the mobile market, the whole thing goes against their normal model of selling games and systems.
@Munchlax This is what kinda made me lose interest in FEH, and I have not played the game in a long time outside of popping in every so often to see what's new and play the story.
This seems to be the fate of all mobile games. Dragon Ball Legends is having the same issue where it seems to cater more to super whales
The player base is dropping, but it still makes it high on the charts due to players tossing money at the game.
Psst... put it on Switch, Nintendo.
I only got on board a year ago, finally accepting the lot of periodic APK hunting (and narrowly missed the TMS characters, too), but has kept up pretty consistent attendance since. There's a delicious lot of content, especially stories and character interactions, and despite the limited battlefield sizes/rosters, the gameplay and development systems have plenty to dig into as well. And yes, it's also how Bernadetta became one of my top franchise faves way before ever playing FE3H. Franchise multiverse crossovers do that to you.
The anniversary events are certainly welcome, although I just went for the delicious-looking free summon and... do I still have a different understanding of CHOOSING a hero than Intelligent Systems does?🤔 It's the same "several different pools in one session" deal, and even after trying to aim for a matching class icon, I ended up with some guy I don't even recall exhibited in the respective Hero Check. Oh well.
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