Fire Emblem: Three Houses—Choose Your Harry Potter House
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is set to release July 26th 2019 for the Nintendo Switch. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, they’re all tactical role-playing games set in a medieval-style world, typically with light amounts of magic and dragons. Once upon a time, the series was way more Game of Thrones (with full-blown incest and orphan killing) and a lot less anime fan service that it is now (complete with petting and beach swimsuit submissions).
The last non-remake in the series, Fire Emblem: Fates, distinguished itself by offering the player a dramatic story choice—fight for Nohr, the kingdom who kidnapped and raised you, or fight for Hoshido, the kingdom you were born to, but know little about. This in-game choice was so significant, and story altering, that Fire Emblem: Fates was actually sold as three separate games. One for if you choose Nohr, one for if you choose Hoshido, and one for if you told everyone to f*ck themselves.
It was fun, but the wackiness of the story is what most people say held the game back from being great.
So, apparently Nintendo has decided to take a different route with the newest installment—Fire Emblem: Three Houses—by bringing back some Game of Thrones elements, ditching the worst of the fan-service, and allowing the player to choose three in-game routes without splitting the game into multiple Pokemon-style games.
However, unlike Fire Emblem: Fates, you don’t choose between warring kingdoms…
You choose between Harry Potter houses.
I already know what you’re thinking. Didn’t I just say it’s more Game of Thrones? Yes, and that has to do with the seriousness of the story and gameplay. It’s not full-blown adult material, but the game has a more grounded-in-reality setting and premise than Fire Emblem: Fates (which, spoilers, ended with a magical third kingdom hidden under the lakes where an insane dragon god was secretly causing everyone to fight each other because reasons.)
In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you play a male or female character who teaches at a military academy.
The major decision of the game is deciding on which nation you want to teach. You have your choice between the Adrestian Empire, the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, and the Leicester Alliance, each of which has a Harry Potter-themed house within the military academy.
The Adrestian Empire = The Black Eagles = Gryffindor
The Harry Potter of the house is Edelgard, a super-hot lady waifu who will one day rule her country. Her house has the most nobles, which is significant because nobles have marks on their body called “crests” which give them benefits throughout the game.
The Holy Kingdom of Faerghus = The Blue Lions = Slytherin
The Draco Malfoy of this house is Dimitri, the heir to the holy throne. He has a dark side, apparently, and his house has a mix of nobles and commoners. While the commoners can reclass like the nobles, apparently they lack crests. Whether they’ll get something to compensate for this “disadvantage” has yet to be made clear, but just know this is a mixed bunch.
The Leicester Alliance = The Golden Deer = Hufflepuff
The Cedric Diggory of this house is Claude, a man who isn’t actually royalty; he’s just a noble boy from the ruling house of his oligarchy-style nation. The Golden Deer have the most commoners out of all the houses, because Hufflepuff takes all the rest, you guys.
According to all promotion work, you can only choose one house, so you better pick wisely.
While some aspects of the game aren’t known (like commoner stats and abilities as compared to nobles) the students of each house have been revealed.
Gryffindor has a mix of badass and stoic.
Slytherin has edgelords and bros alike.
And Hufflepuff has no standards. Anyone gets in here.
According to most estimates and leaks, the three nations of the game will eventually go to war (at some point much later in the story) which will result in your homeroom class fighting the students of the others (and probably killing them, like any proper Game of Thrones style narrative). So, again, the choice is rather significant.
Do you go with the brave Black Eagles, the cunning Blue Lions, or the grab-bag of Golden Deer?
I imagine this will be an artificial difficulty for the game—more nobles makes things easier, and more commoners makes things harder. This choice also increases replay value, and allows you to see the war from three perspectives.
However, I imagine most people will choose a house based on the characters they like. You can’t make Edelgard your waifu if you’re in the Golden Deer, after all. And that’s a legitimate reason. Fire Emblem: Three Houses might be more old-school than Fates, but it definitely didn’t give up the “hook up” mechanic that the games are slowly becoming known for.
I mean, just look at your fellow teacher.
Now THAT’S a waifu.
So, which house will you decide on, and what’s the reason behind your decision?
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