From hero to villain in two years
Spoiler alert for any who haven’t played Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes yet. In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you played as Byleth, who takes on the hero role. In Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Byleth is now a villain. This was not a decision the dev team took lightly, and in a new interview, we learn that the team was quite scared to reveal this change.
In an interview with Nintendo Dream magazine, producer Yosuke Hayashi talked about the decision to flip Byleth, and how everyone involved thought it would make for a more interesting story. Obviously, taking a previous game’s protagonist and making them the antagonist was a cause for concern, but still, the team pushed ahead.
The original writing director of Three Houses said “I’ll do it. I’ll make it the most exciting story I can!” We considered the conflict itself the theme that was the most appealing in Three Houses, so we wanted to not avoid anything about it. However, the more someone played Three Houses, the more they would empathize with Byleth, so we were scared to announce this publicly (laughs).
According to most reviews and fan opinions, the decision to view Byleth from another perspective certainly made for an engaging gameplay scenario. It also helps you think about Fire Emblem: Three Houses from a different perspective. You’re see yourself as the good guy when you’re in control and winning battles, but you’re the bad guy from the opposing army’s perspective!