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Fire Emblem Engage Release Date, Trailer, And Gameplay - What We Know So Far

Fans were treated to a Nintendo Direct presentation on September 13 that offered peeks at plenty of new and upcoming games. The announcement included the sequel to "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," as well as the long-awaited return of "Pikmin." Viewers also got a look at the next entry in the "Fire Emblem" series: "Fire Emblem Engage."

"Fire Emblem" has been a popular franchise in Japan since the '90s but only made it to the United States in 2003 with the release of "Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade." Since then, the franchise has become a hit, with the latest major installment, "Three Houses," receiving excellent reviews and offering up to hundreds of hours of gameplay.

While fans got another "Fire Emblem" title in 2022 with the release of "Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes," this was more of a spin-off than a true follow-up. While "Three Hopes" received praise from critics, it constituted a crossover with "Dynasty Warriors" style combat. Now, Nintendo has revealed the next mainline game in the series.

Does Fire Emblem Engage have a release date?

Nintendo has already announced a release date for "Fire Emblem Engage." The game will launch on January 20, 2023 for the Nintendo Switch and will include both a regular and a Divine Edition featuring lots of bonus content (such as art cards and an art book). Exclusivity for the Switch will no doubt disappoint some PlayStation and Xbox users, though this isn't at all surprising with Nintendo publishing the game and all other entries having been exclusive to Nintendo systems.

While "Fire Emblem Engage" won't arrive for the holiday season, a late January release date means gamers will have something to look forward to at the start of the new year. With the upcoming "Pikmin 4" and "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" also debuting in 2023, it could prove to be a good time for Nintendo fans.

Is there a trailer for Fire Emblem Engage

An announcement trailer for "Fire Emblem Engage" offering a mix of cutscenes and gameplay debuted during the September Nintendo Direct. The game takes place on a continent called Elyos and the video indicates that players will face the return of a terrifying Fell Dragon that was previously defeated and imprisoned. The voiceover also references heroes (Emblems) who were transported from other worlds to defeat the dragon last time and who look to play a role in the entry's narrative. These hints, along with the description of the trailer, show that some fan favorite figures like Marth (also known for being an overpowered character in "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate") will return to the series in "Engage."

Beyond clues about the plot, the trailer mostly features animations, previews of new and returning characters, and brief glimpses of the "Engage" gameplay. While not offering too much to go on, this is only the announcement trailer. Fans can expect more details closer to launch.

What will the gameplay be like in Fire Emblem Engage?

While the trailer offered only a few shots of gameplay and Nintendo hasn't shared many details yet, there are some things that are apparent about the upcoming game. Based on the footage available, "Fire Emblem Engage" looks to offer the same mix of tactical, turn-based combat and RPG elements that the series is known for. Players will move a squad of characters on a grid and take on enemy forces while also upgrading and equipping their characters as they gain experience and new items. 

Launching an attack on the map will cause the camera to zoom in for a closeup shot of the action with some attack animations to show players just how their commands are playing out. The trailer also shows exploration of the world from a third-person perspective and lots of interaction between characters. According to the official description, players can summon heroes using collectible Emblem Rings. Through a process called "Engaging," the player can merge with these summons to combine appearances and gain access to the heroes' equipment and abilities.