Fire Emblem: Three Houses arrives on Nintendo Switch this week. Like previous installments in the series, you’ll have the option to play the game on a couple of different difficulties, but if those aren’t enough of a challenge, Nintendo will be adding an additional difficulty setting post-launch.
On its official Twitter account, Nintendo announced that an even more challenging difficulty mode is coming to Three Houses as part of a free update. The company hasn’t announced exactly when the update is expected to be released, only noting that it will be out sometime “later this year.”
That isn’t the only post-release content on the way to Three Houses. Nintendo also has several pieces of DLC in the pipeline for the game. First, the company will release Officer’s Academy outfits for protagonist Blythe on launch day, July 26. After that, new Auxiliary battle maps and more will be added to the game by October 31. Additional quests and costumes are expected to arrive by December 31, and finally, new story content that will introduce additional playable characters, locations, and more will release by April 30, 2020.
All four waves of DLC are included as part of Three Houses’ expansion pass, which retails for $25. The base game, meanwhile, typically costs $60; however, players in the US an pick it up on launch day for $10 cheaper from Walmart. You can read more about Three Houses and its expansion pass on Nintendo’s website.
Reviews for Three Houses are starting to go live ahead of its release, and the game has received a positive reception from critics. GameSpot awarded it a 9/10 in our Fire Emblem: Three Houses review. Critic Kallie Plagge wrote, “Fire Emblem: Three Houses asks a lot of you. Every piece, from battle to friendships to training your units, must be managed both individually and as part of a whole. It can be intimidating, but when it all clicks together, it really clicks.”