Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is a hack and slash game for the Nintendo Switch. This collaboration between Intelligent Systems and the Koei Tecmo studio Omega Force is a crossover between the Fire Emblem series and Koei Tecmo's Warriors franchise, and the second entry of the Fire Emblem Warriors series. The game released worldwide on June 24, 2022.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes was first announced on February 9, 2022 during a Nintendo Direct. Unlike its predecessor, Fire Emblem Warriors, which is a crossover featuring characters from multiple games in the series in a brand new world, Three Hopes is solely focused in the story and setting of Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
A demo was released on June 9, 2022 comprising of the first four chapters of the game. The player's progress in the demo transfers over to the full retail version.
- See also: Fódlan Series
The story of Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is set on the continent of Fódlan and begins a year before the events of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The game is set during two time periods. The first begins in Imperial Year 1180, during the characters' time as students at the Officers Academy, acting as an introductory segment to the game. The longer second part then jumps two years later, with Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude seen in multiple storyline routes: Scarlet Blaze, Azure Gleam, and Golden Wildfire as their three nations are now at war with each other.
Some characters from the latter reappear in the former as playable characters, including Monica in the Scarlet Blaze route, and Rodrigue in the Azure Gleam route. Several relatives of the Three Houses cast either appear for the first time or are fought against: Rufus is the uncle of Dimitri; Leopold, Waldemar, Grégoire and Matthias are the fathers of Caspar, Linhardt, Bernadetta and Sylvain respectively; Holst is the brother of Hilda; Shahid is the older half-brother of Claude.
- See also: Fódlan timeline
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is set in an alternate timeline from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The main character is Shez, a mercenary who at the beginning of the game is in service of Berling's Mercenaries, who rival Jeralt's Mercenaries.
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In a bid to attack and destroy Jeralt's Mercenaries, Shez's mercenary companions are wiped out instead, and Shez in turn is struck down by Byleth. However, Shez is immediately brought back from death and escapes with their life due to an entity named Arval that awakens within them. Shez learns that, because of Arval, they are incapable of dying.
Six months after this incident, Shez is lost in the woods near Remire when they stumble into the path of Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude, who are on the run from bandits. In the Three Hopes version of this event, it is Shez that aids them in fighting off the bandits. Consequently, Shez is asked to come with the Church soldiers to Garreg Mach Monastery, where they are given the opportunity to enroll as a student at the Officers Academy in the house of their choosing. Similar to Three Houses, the story plays out in a different fashion depending on the house Shez chooses to enroll with. However, because of Shez's actions, Byleth consequently does not become an academy teacher in this timeline, and the house that Shez chooses to join is instead taught by the weapons instructor Jeritza.
The first mission given to Shez's class is to mop up the remaining members of Kostas's bandits that were responsible for the ambush in the woods. Embarking on this mission, Shez's class is led by Jeritza to a mysterious fortress where the remaining bandits are holed up. However, while exploring the fortress, they discover and rescue Monica, a Black Eagles student that had gone missing toward the end of the previous school year. After coming to her rescue and fighting off a mysterious woman, they return with her to the Monastery, where Monica reveals her kidnapper was Tomas, the monastery librarian. When Church soldiers confront Tomas, he drops his disguise, revealing himself to be the mage Solon, and vanishes. Over the course of these events, Shez witnesses these adversaries use abilities that reflect their own and grows concerned, thought the house leaders and students don't feel any reason to distrust them.
After this incident, events lead the house leaders to return to their respective nations to tend to individual business. Edelgard uses the revelations brought by Monica to accelerate her timetable and expunge the influence of Those Who Slither in the Dark from the Empire and become the new Emperor. Dimitri, meanwhile, returns to the Kingdom to settle a sudden dispute regarding royal succession, and Claude returns to the Alliance territories to defend the border against an Almyran attack led by an ambitious prince vying for the Almyran throne.
With the majority of the students now either away on business or preoccupied, Rhea closes the Officers Academy in 1180 and sends the rest of the students home.
Like the original Fire Emblem Warriors and other entries in Koei Tecmo's long-running Warriors, or Musou franchise, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is an action game with strategic elements that influence the flow of battle. The playable characters are capable of fighting against hundreds in battle at once, but must be strategically deployed, commanded and controlled to complete objectives. Many of the gameplay concepts are taken from the original Fire Emblem Warriors with adjustments influenced by elements of Three Houses.
Missions selection is depicted through the War Map. Each chapter features a main objective battle that drives the story forward, as well as a collection of secondary battles that require at least some be fought in order to gain access to it. Completing these secondary battles will also grant access to rewards on the map, though some of these rewards have extra conditions such as clearing the battle with a character of a specific class present or clearing every side mission.
Paralogue battles can be accessed from the War Map when the conditions to play them are met. In these battles, the player is limited to the units involved in the Paralogue storyline, as well as Shez.
After completing Chapter 4, the player can replay main story battles as auxiliary battles by talking to the Record Keeper in the camp.
Adjutants function in a manner similar to the Pair Up mechanic from the the original Fire Emblem Warriors. The player can make another playable character an adjutant during battle. Adjutants boost the abilities of the player-controlled character, and the player can swap to control the adjutant or dismiss the pair-up at any time.
In Three Hopes, characters can equip battalions to serve as extra defense against specific weapon types. Higher-ranking battalions offer a greater degree of protection. Battalions have their own individual endurance that wears down as the character to whom their assigned takes damage.
The Base Camp serves a similar function to that of Garreg Mach Monastery in Three Houses. The player can freely roam the grounds or fast travel to specific points of interest in order to talk to other characters or make use of the facilities. Facilities can be upgraded with the expenditure of upgrade materials acquired as battle rewards.
Between battles, the player may spend allotted time at the Training Grounds. Assigned pairs of characters can train together to earn Class Level experience. Players can also use Seals while at the training grounds to promote to a higher tier of class. Similar to the original Fire Emblem Warriors, character levels can also be leveled up by paying gold, but cannot exceed that of the current highest-leveled member of the roster.
Similar to Three Houses, the player, controlling Shez, may prepare meals using ingredients acquired during battle or bought at the item shop to share with others. Sharing meals matching the preferences of other characters will result in a higher morale boost and greater Support gain. Different meals also impart different effects such as reducing durability cost of weapon skills or boosting the rate at which the special attack gauge fills. These status effects remain in place for the duration of the current chapter once active.
Anna's Secret Shop will become available for the duration of the current chapter if the player manages to encounter Anna on the War Map. When set up, her shop is a short distance from the base camp's regular item shop. She sells class promotion seals and rare stat-boosting items. In chapters where only the main story battle is available, Anna will appear in the camp without needing to be found.
Excursions are leisurely expeditions that the player may embark on with any character whom they share at least a Support rank of C. Similar to the tea parties in Three Houses, the player engages with the character in conversation and can boost their Support with them. If the player gives enough responses that the character prefers, they will be rewarded with an opportunity to admire the character.
amiibo and Save Data Features
Similar to previous Fire Emblem titles and the original Fire Emblem Warriors, Three Hopes is compatible with amiibo figures. Players can scan five amiibo to unlock random rewards per day. There are no unique rewards for using any official Fire Emblem character amiibo like in Fire Emblem Warriors. However, any Fire Emblem amiibo scanned has a higher chance of giving players better rewards than a non-Fire Emblem amiibo.
Three Hopes also features compatibility with save data from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. and Fire Emblem Warriors. The player can collect one-time reward bonuses for each game when save files for them are detected. Three Hopes will also default Byleth's name to the name the player gave them in their most recent Three Houses save file, though the player can still change it.
Class Change is changed from both Three Houses and the first Warriors game: all playable units have four classes available that they can change into: Myrmidon, Soldier, Fighter, and Monk. All classes are connected these classes, forming a class tree. To perform a class change, spend an appropriate class change seal after mastering a beginner class.
Unlockable personal classes for certain units fall within a specific tree.
The following characters are seen appearing in gameplay as enemy units, but have not been confirmed as playable.
- The Immaculate One
The following characters are seen appearing in gameplay as ally units, but have not been confirmed as playable.
The following characters appear as NPCs, but have not been confirmed as playable or in gameplay:
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- Eastern Garreg Mach
- Garreg Mach Monastery
- Three Hopes is the final video game voice acting performance by the late Billy Kametz, the English voice of Ferdinand, who passed away on June 9th, 2022, fifteen days before the release of Three Hopes.
- When embarking on Excursions, sprite-art of Shez and the character they're traveling with will appear as riding horsing on the loading screen. Similar to Bylth's appearance on the loading screens of Three Houses, the player can move the characters left and right by using the gyro controls in the Switch JoyCons or Pro Controller.