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How long does it take to beat Fire Emblem: Three Houses?

Fire Emblem: Three Houses has officially arrived on the Nintendo Switch, and so far, it's garnering some pretty favorable reviews. But we understand if you're hesitant. You might want to know how much playtime you're going to get out of this game, or more accurately, how many hours it's going to steal from your life.

So, how long does it take to beat Fire Emblem: Three Houses? In an interview with French website JeuxVideoFire Emblem director Toshiyuki Kusakihara laid it all out.

According to Kusakihara, he completed one playthrough of the game with just one of the three houses, and that alone took him 80 hours. He was careful to note that he wasn't skipping any cutscenes or dialogue, though we suspect most players going through the first time won't either. Kusakihara then stated that, in order to complete Fire Emblem: Three Houses in its entirety, with all three houses, players would have to spend over 200 hours with the title.

Over 200 hours? That's more than eight days of doing nothing but playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses. We hope that most of you aren't planning on playing in that fashion, and that you'll instead approach the game in a more reasonable manner. If you do that, Three Houses should have enough content to last you a very, very long time.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses appears to be impressing a lot of critics, with IGN saying it's "absolutely begging to be played multiple times," and GameSpot calling it "the kind of game that's hard to put down, even when it's over." We can't help but notice that both of those takes suggest that players might want to spend even more time with the game, so it's entirely possible you could play Three Houses for far longer than the 200-plus hours Toshiyuki Kusakihara claimed.

So if you're the kind of person who loves RPGs that seemingly never end, Fire Emblem: Three Houses looks to be right up your alley. And if you're the type to get totally lost in a video game, be warned; once you start playing Three Houses, you might not have time to do much else.