Out with the old, and in with the new
The signature Weapon Triangle system, which has remained the same since the series’ debut, will receive a revamp in the upcoming “Fire Emblem If” for Nintendo 3DS.
Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has reported several changes regarding the strengths and weaknesses of each weapon class. Traditionally, swords beats axes, axes triumph lances and lances overcome swords; a rock-paper-scissors-like cycle that has been the franchise’s focal point since 1996.
Intelligent System, developers of the “Fire Emblem” series, decided to spice up the formula by incorporating new sets of weapons. In “Fire Emblem If,” swords and magic will have priority over axes and bows, along with axes and bows toward lances and concealed weapons, and lances and concealed weapons toward swords and magic. Weapon durability will no longer an issue, since that aspect has been removed in the newest entry — however, staves are limited to a select number of uses.
Famitsu also reported a slew of new characters that will be present in either the “White Knight Kingdom” or “Black Knight Kingdom” variants of the title:
- Felicia, a maid.
- Joker, a butler.
- Gunther, a great butler.
- Kagerou, a shinobi.
Felecia, Joker, Gunther, and Suzukaze appears in both versions, however, Saizou and Kagerou are exclusive to the “White Night Kingdom” variant. It’s also worth noting that maids, butlers and shinobi are capable of wielding the new concealed weapons.
“Fire Emblem If” will be available in Japan on June 25, followed by next year in the western territories.
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