With only a little over three weeks until the release of Fire Emblem Fates, Nintendo has been sharing more and more information about the game (or pair of games, if you will), including the launch of their official site.
The latest update covers Map Pack 1, the first set of downloadable content for the game. You can purchase the maps individually or as a bundle at a discounted price of $17.99, which will net you all 11 maps as they come out.
These maps shine new light on the cast of characters from Fire Emblem Fates, as well as old favorites from the Fire Emblem Awakening game. Discover new background stories about these beloved warriors, while earning more experience points and exclusive weaponry. Every map offers specific challenges and unique rewards.
The first map will be available for free at launch, with more releasing every week. What’s got me really curious though is that #1, which implies there will be at least one more map pack.
Unsurprisingly, Awakening’s grinding-based DLC maps where you can basically get as much gold, experience, and weapons as you could possibly need have returned in grand fashion. Assuming the maps can be played on both routes for one price, this is an investment a lot of people may be willing to make as it takes away a lot of the challenge of the game, especially for the Conquest route, which doesn’t normally have any serious grinding options.
There are also some fan service and nostalgia-appealing maps, though we’re unlikely to see as many as the last game’s—if you’re interested, you can skim the official page to get the rundown of what’s to come.
So what do you think of the DLC line-up thus far? Anything you’re happy or unhappy to see, or perhaps you have an idea of your own? I’m also curious how people feel about these prices. They aren’t necessarily unfair if you intend to play the maps over and over, but as a whole they add up to quite a fair sum, and without playing it I’m not sure I can value the content at those prices.
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest will launch in North America on February 19th, 2016.