It’s been a long wait for Fire Emblem fans since the newest entry in the series, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, was first announced in January 2017. Since then, the release date has been pushed back several times, but the game will finally release on Nintendo Switch July 26. It’ll be the first Fire Emblem main title on a home console since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, which released on the Wii back in 2007.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses will introduce fans to the continent of Fódlan, which is comprised of three nations who are currently at peace. At Fódlan’s center is the Church of Seiros and the game’s main setting, the Officer’s Academy. Like previous Fire Emblem games, your customizable character will act as an advisor–only this time, you’re actually a professor at the Academy, and your warriors are also your students, who are divided into three houses based on their respective nation.
The game will feature the same style of turn-based combat with life-or-death stakes, only now you can create battalions of troops to support individual warriors in battle. When you’re not on the battlefield, you’ll be able to explore the Academy and form relationships with students, which will in turn influence how they perform in battle.
It’s likely we’ll get one more look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses during the Nintendo Direct scheduled to air at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST on June 11, the first day of E3. We’ll update this story as new info about Fire Emblem is revealed; meanwhile, you can also catch up on the other Nintendo Switch games confirmed for E3 2019.
Pre-order listings for Fire Emblem: Three Houses are up on many retailer sites, and there are two editions currently available. Here’s what you should know if you’re planning to purchase the game.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses pre-order bonuses
No pre-order bonuses have been announced for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which is fairly common for Nintendo games. If any retailers announce bonuses later on, we’ll include that info here.
Pre-order Fire Emblem: Three Houses standard edition
If you only care about owning the game itself, pick up the standard edition, which is selling at the usual launch price of $60. Remember that if you pre-order on Amazon and the price drops between the day you order and release day, you’ll be charged the lowest price when the game ships.
- Get it at Amazon — $60
- Get it at GameStop — $60
- Get it at Best Buy — $60
- Get it at Target — $60
- Get it at Walmart — $60
Pre-order Fire Emblem: Three Houses Seasons of Warfare edition
Hardcore Fire Emblem fans may be interested in the Seasons of Warfare edition, which sells for $100. In addition to the game itself, the Seasons of Warfare edition comes with a sound selection CD, art book, steelbook case, and 2020 desk calendar.
Last time we checked, this edition was sold out at Amazon and Best Buy, but you can currently grab it at GameStop and Target. These types of special editions sell out quickly, so we suggest securing your copy now if you want it.