WWE Superstar Xavier Woods Cosplays as Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Claude at PAX East 2020

Who knew he was a fan?!

GoNintendo reader Neverunplaying was lucky enough to bump into WWE superstar Xavier Woods at PAX East today, and he snagged himself an autograph while he had the chance. Even better, Woods was wearing a cosplay tribute to Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Claude Von Riegan. He was flanked by WWE costume designer Mikal Mosley, who was dressed as Seteth.

IGN Video - Fire Emblem: Three Houses Expansion Pass DLC Review

Expansion Pass DLC Review for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, reviewed by Brendan Graeber on Nintendo Switch.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses devs discuss the inclusion of cats and dogs

Creature comforts

While you'll have plenty of battling to do in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you'll also get to spend some time with the various cats and dogs that are roaming throughout the game. In an interview with Famitsu, developers Toshiyuki Kusakihara and Genki Yokota discuss how the animals ended up in the game.

Genki Yokota: “Didn’t it start out with Kusakihara-san saying ‘First, let’s place cats’ because he likes cats?”

Toshiyuki Kusakihara: “I don’t think I said that…”

Genki Yokota: “No, you did! Then after putting in the cats, I remember the dog-lovers of the staff rallying to say ‘Why aren’t there any dogs!?'”

Toshiyuki Kusakihara: “Is that so? By the way, there are 15 types of cats and three types of dogs.”

Fire Emblem: Three Houses co-director discusses the challenge of creating Maddening Mode

They've gone mad, I tell you!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses fans who really want a challenge can give the game's Maddening Mode a shot, which certainly cranks up the difficulty to some pretty intense levels. In an interview with Famitsu, co-director Toshiyuki Kusakihara discussed the challenge of developing that mode.

After the game was initially released, we heard that a lot of people weren’t satisfied with the game’s difficulty – Maddening mode seemed to be pretty well received with that crowd. Nevertheless, fine tuning the mode was actually incredibly difficult. The characters’ strength can vary greatly from player to player depending on how they spend their time at the monastery. We were mostly concerned with keeping everybody playing even in more challenging situations – that was pretty difficult.

Voice of Claude in Fire Emblem: Three Houses shows off his cosplay for the character

Dedicated to the role

Joe Zieja is the voice actor for Claude in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Zieja has really been feeling the love for his work in the game, and feels quite a special attachment to the character. That should be quite obvious when checking out the pictures above, which show Zieja in his custom Claude cosplay! The pictures were shared along with a message from Zieja to his many fans, thanking them for the support.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses 'Cindered Shadows' DLC takes the cover of this week's Famitsu

That cover is Fire

We've already shared a breakdown of details on the Fire Emblem: Three Houses 'Cindered Shadows' DLC that came from this week's Famitsu, but did you know that the cover of this issue is also dedicated to the DLC? A gorgeous piece of custom art gets front-and-center treatment this week, making for a very eye-catching cover.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Japanese website provides a new round of screens and details for the Cindered Shadows DLC

You've got a lot to learn

As we stated earlier, the official Japanese website for Fire Emblem: Three Houses has been updated with all sorts of new content concerning the Cindered Shadows DLC. Even more information has been gleaned from the website, which you can find summarized below. You can also find a batch of new screens at the site as well.

- there are no weekdays or holidays, and also no instruction periods or qualification exams
- you get to use a fixed set of party members, with a fixed set of classes and skills to choose from for each one
- there are various other restrictions, which results in a slightly higher difficulty
- units can level up by accumulating XP
- in the Abyss, there’s a junk area where you can find various items discarded by people living in the Abyss
- here you can find weapons with some durability left, and some that you will need to bring to the blacksmith first.
- once the members of the Ashen Wolves show up in the main game, you can interact with them like with any other students
- once they have joined your class, you get access to some additional support conversations with those characters
- you can also tackle Paralogue maps related to them
- once you unlock the Abyss in the main game, allowing you to go explore it, there’s various facilities and activities to enjoy:

Pagan Altar: allows you to trade resources (food, ore) for some renown points. You can also trade renown points for various weapons and tools

Mysterious Teacher: a former teacher from the Officers Academy. You can talk to him in order to find out how much the various characters have grown with the protagonist

Astrologist: available in the second part of the game. Allows you to spend renown points in order to increase the support level between two specific units. There’s also an option called “Star Crossing”, that allows you to “connect your future fate”.

- Valkyrie is a female-only class of knights specialized in black magic
- they boast great mobility as a mounted unit
- the range of their attacks is expanded thanks to the “Black Magic Range +1” and “Dark Magic Range +1” skills
- you can use hit and run tactics

Fire Emblem: Three Houses 'Cindered Shadows' DLC gets new promo clips

What lurks in the shadows...

The Japanese website for Fire Emblem: Three Houses has updated with some new gameplay clips for the Cindered Shadows DLC. Check out all the clips in this post.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses devs talk Cindered Shadows DLC length, free update plans, OST release expectations, and more

A chat with the Fire Emblem team

This week's issue of Famitsu includes a feature on the Cindered Shadows DLC for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, as well as the game in general. It includes some commentary from the dev team as well. Check out a summary of the info below.

Cindered Shadows DLC

- the DLC is fairly difficult, and the dev team thinks it'll take players 8-10 hours to complete on normal
- unlock more stuff in the main game as you make your way through the DLC

Free updates

- free update will let you have tea time with Rhea
- Byleth will be able to wear dancer clothes, but not become a dancer
- change costumes from the free day menu, as well as change everyone's costumes at once

Developer tidbits

- golden route is not planned
- the devs were against the idea since it would become the "right path" in fan's minds
- 'Maddening' difficulty was really hard for the team to balance, so they were happy with the release timing of it
- the team expects Intelligent Systems to put out a full OST at some point

Fire Emblem: Three Houses fan-made GBA demake in the works

Now you're playing with portable power!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the latest Fire Emblem game available, having launched on Switch just a few months back. The game has already moved over 2 million units, finding both new fans and wooing back longtime supporters. Among those longtime fans are a dedicated few who want to see the game presented in a more classic Fire Emblem style, which is why they're working on a demake.

The video above shows the progress on a GBA-style demake for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and you can see it's coming along quite well. It definitely has the look and vibe of Fire Emblem on the GBA, and should delight older fans of the franchise. This GBA demake will focus on the Blue Lions route of Three Houses, and development is currently up to chapter 5.


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