Nintendo has revealed the mysterious new character that stars in the upcoming musou spinoff Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. Introducing… Shez.
Seemingly named after your mate that you’re going to meet later down the pub, Shez will substitute in for Byleth, the protagonist from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Embarking on this new, more action-packed style of battling, you’ll have to choose a gender for Shez, before the meet characters like Edelgard, Dimitri, Claude, and choose to align them with a particular house.
Doing so will lead you down one of three narrative paths, each with a different outcome for the adventure, and pitched as an alternative to the stories found in Three Houses.
As a Warriors game, Three Hopes will have the same style of 1 vs. 1,000 battles, in which your hero character pulls off bombastic over-the-top screen-clearing attacks while rampaging through battlegrounds and looking to complete certain objectives.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes was announced back in February, set for a release on 24th June for Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo has been all aboard the musou train over the past decade, teaming up with Omega Force and Koei Tecmo to release fun spinoffs to their main adventures in the Legend of Zelda and Fire Emblem universes. The first of these was Hyrule Warriors, which drew from the broader pantheon of Zelda games and character in 2014. That was followed by a similarly broad Fire Emblem Warriors in 2017, but the games have become more specific since then. 2020 saw the Breath of the Wild prequel story Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and now we have Three Hopes offering alternative narrative paths to the main game.
Looking to the game’s source and inspiration, Fire Emblem: Three Houses was another landmark success for the resurgent tactical RPG franchise. It handily won our Best Nintendo Switch Game award in 2019, and back in our original review, Dom said:
“With the Switch’s delightful dual abilities, Three Houses fittingly bookends the series’ triumphant run on the 3DS and becomes the first big-screen outing in over a decade. It also surpasses them all. A masterpiece of strategy, story-telling and intertwining relationships, Three Houses deserves to make Intelligent Systems a household name.”