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Fire Emblem Warriors
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Unreleased North American cover for the Nintendo Switch version
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Director(s) Hiroya Usuda
Producer(s) Yosuke Hayashi
Designer(s) Makoto Ishizuka
Artist(s) Yuta Matsunaga
Composer(s) Yosuke Kinoshita
Kosuke Mizukami
Shinichiro Nakamura
Hiromu Akaba
Series Fire Emblem
Dynasty Warriors
Platform(s)
Release
  • JP: September 28, 2017
  • WW: October 20, 2017
Genre(s) Hack and slash, role-playing

Fire Emblem Warriors[a] is a hack and slash role-playing video game developed by Omega Force and Team Ninja, and published by Koei Tecmo in Japan and Nintendo in overseas for the Nintendo Switch and New Nintendo 3DS. The game was released in Japan in September 2017, and worldwide the following month. The game is a collaboration between Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors franchise and Intelligent Systems' Fire Emblem series.

The game received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the combination of Fire Emblem and Dynasty Warriors gameplay and drawing favorable comparisons to Hyrule Warriors, released in 2014 for the Wii U. Criticism focused on the game's character roster and similarity to other Dynasty Warriors games.[1]

Gameplay

Fire Emblem Warriors is a hack-and-slash action role-playing game in which players take the role of multiple characters including original characters Rowan and Lianna, and characters from several Fire Emblem games, including Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (in its remake counterpart), Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates. The player can defeat enemies with any character, accomplishing specific goals to beat maps. In addition to hack-and-slash combat in open areas similar to the Dynasty Warriors series, gameplay includes the ability to give tactical commands to units in the spirit of the Fire Emblem series. The Weapons Triangle- axes beat lances, lances beat swords, and swords beat axes- from Fire Emblem games appears, resulting in players having to make careful decisions on what units attack which enemies. In addition to axes, lances, and swords, three neutral weapon types appear: bows, tomes, and dragonstones. When characters assist, heal, or fight alongside each other in battle, their bond strengthens. Like in Fire Emblem games, if two characters' bond increases enough a support conversation will be unlocked. The game will also utilize all existing and future Fire Emblem Amiibo figurines, which give weapons related to the character represented by the Amiibo that is used.[2]

Plot

During a routine sparring match between the royal twins of Aytolis, Rowan and Lianna, and their friend Prince Darios of Gristonne, monsters attack Aytolis. The three are separated from Queen Yelena during the attack, who gives them the Fire Emblem before being captured. The group learns that someone, who they later learn to be Darios' father Oskar, is seeking to revive the evil dragon Velezark, and that they must power up the Fire Emblem with Gleamstones created from the power of heroes from other worlds in order to stop them. Rowan and Lianna travel across Aytolis, rallying support from heroes from the otherworldly nations of Ylisse, Hoshido, Nohr, and Altea. However, during an attack on a Gristonne fortress, Velezark successfully possesses Darios, who steals the Fire Emblem. Rowan and Lianna pursue him to Gristonne, where they discover Yelena has been captured and Oskar intends to sacrifice her to fully revive Velezark. Rowan and Lianna successfully rescue Yelena, so Darios sacrifices Oskar to complete the ritual and revive Velezark. Now freed from the possession, Darios returns the Fire Emblem to the group before falling to his death. Rowan and Lianna then battle Velezark's forces and finally slay him. With their mission complete, the other heroes return to their home worlds and Yelena crowns the twins as rulers of Aytolis.

Downloadable content

3 packs of paid additional content were announced before the game's release[3]. Each pack added three new playable characters, new support conversations, and three new maps for History mode, in addition to new weapons, costumes, and other content [4]. Each of the DLC focused on a different Fire Emblem game: Fire Emblem Fates, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, and Fire Emblem Awakening respectively. If all three packs were bought together in the season pass, an additional costume was unlocked.

Development and release

Fire Emblem Warriors was developed by the same team as Hyrule Warriors, a collaboration between the Dynasty Warriors series and The Legend of Zelda.[5] The game was co-developed by Koei Tecmo studios Omega Force and Team Ninja and Fire Emblem developers Intelligent Systems.[5][6] Koei Tecmo first proposed the project to Nintendo, who were more than willing to collaborate, making the game a title for their in-development Nintendo Switch home console.[6] The idea of the game came during the development of Hyrule Warriors Legends, as the touchscreen controls bore similarities to those of the Fire Emblem series.[2]

The game was announced in January 2017 as part of a Nintendo Direct broadcast dedicated to the Fire Emblem series,[5] although it had already been in development for around two years before this time.[2] It was released in Japan on September 28, 2017, and released in North America, Europe, and Australia on October 20, 2017.[7]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticNS: 74/100[1]
3DS: 69/100[8]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid6.5/10[11]
Famitsu36/40[13]
GameSpot6/10[12]
IGN8/10[9]
Polygon7.5/10[10]

Fire Emblem Warriors received mixed to positive reviews according to reviews, with the Nintendo Switch version holding a Metacritic score of 74/100 based on 67 critic reviews and the New Nintendo 3DS version receiving a score of 69/100 based on 11 reviews. The game received praise for bringing a more nuanced, textured experience to the musou genre [14], but drew criticism for its shallow take on traditional Fire Emblem mechanics[15].

The Nintendo Switch version sold 41,491 copies within its first week on sale on Japan, whilst the 3DS version sold 18,357 copies.[16] In April of 2018, Koei Tecmo revealed that the game sold 1 million sold worldwide. [17]

Notes

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Fire Emblem Musō (ファイアーエムブレム無双)

References

  1. ^ a b "Fire Emblem Warriors for Nintendo Switch Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Bowling, Steve. "Feature: We Quiz the Fire Emblem Warriors Developers On Characters, Game Design and More". Nintendo Life. Gamer Network. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Kevin Knezevic (September 25, 2017). "Fire Emblem Warriors DLC Announced, Adds New Characters And Weapons". CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  4. ^ Lite_Agent (March 29, 2018). "Fire Emblem Warriors: all you need to know about DLC (contents, schedule, pricing, more)". Perfectly Nintendo. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c Matulef, Jeffrey (2017-01-18). "Fire Emblem Warriors is slated for autumn on Switch and New 3DS". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2017-01-18. 
  6. ^ a b Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain (1487): 14–15. 2017-06-01. 
  7. ^ "Nintendo of America on Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Fire Emblem Warriors for 3DS Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  9. ^ Meghan Sullivan (October 24, 2017). "Fire Emblem Warriors Review". IGN Entertainment. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  10. ^ Janine Hawkins (November 20, 2017). "Fire Emblem Warriors review". Vox Media. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  11. ^ Chris Carter (October 21, 2017). "Review: Fire Emblem Warriors". Destructoid. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  12. ^ Jeremy Winslow (October 18, 2017). "Fire Emblem Warriors Review". CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  13. ^ Brian (September 19, 2017). "Famitsu Review Scores (9/19/17)". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  14. ^ Simon Parkin (October 18, 2017). "Fire Emblem Warriors review". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  15. ^ Heather Alexandra (October 23, 2017). "Fire Emblem Warriors: The Kotaku Review". Gizmodo Media Group. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  16. ^ Romano, Sal (October 4, 2017). "Media Create Sales: 9/25/17 – 10/1/17". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ https://gamingbolt.com/fire-emblem-warriors-hits-1-million-units-sold-worldwide

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