Fire Emblem Warriors

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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 game

Fire Emblem Warriors[a] is a 2017 hack and slash role-playing game developed by Omega Force and Team Ninja, and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch. The game was released in Japan on September 28, 2017 and worldwide on October 20, 2017. 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 2017 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 will 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 and Fire Emblem 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 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 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.

Development and release

Fire Emblem Warriors is being developed by the same team as Hyrule Warriors, a collaboration between the Dynasty Warriors series and The Legend of Zelda.[3] The game was co-developed by Koei Tecmo studios Omega Force and Team Ninja and Fire Emblem developers Intelligent Systems.[3][4] 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.[4] 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,[3] 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.[5]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic NS: 75/100[1]
3DS: 69/100[6]

The Nintendo Switch version of Fire Emblem Warriors received "generally favorable reviews" according to review aggregator Metacritic, with a score of 75/100 based on 56 critic reviews. The Nintendo 3DS version received "mixed or average reviews", with a score of 69/100 based on 9 reviews.

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. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain (1487): 14–15. 2017-06-01. 
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/902285893427499009
  6. ^ "Fire Emblem Warriors for 3DS Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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