iOS gamers will have to wait for Fire Emblem Heroes
[Update: Nintendo has now announced on Twitter that the iOS version will be available on February 2nd alongside the Android version.]
Back when Nintendo announced they’d be making games for mobile devices, the three big name franchises they unveiled were Mario, Animal Crossing, and Fire Emblem. Super Mario Run was the first to be released, but for iOS only for the time being. I guess it’s fair, then, that iPhone and iPad gamers will have to wait while for their version of Fire Emblem Heroes, while Android gamers will get it on February 2nd.
But that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
No release date has been provided for iOS; all we’ve been given is “soon.” But I guess that gives us time to learn more about the game and what fans of the series can expect.
For some history…
The long-running hit Fire Emblem series comprises strategy/role-playing games with deep tactical elements and depth that increases with every move you make. As you progress through the story, you will meet and bid farewell to many allies. Which will you choose, and how will you use their skills?
The historic catch in Fire Emblem is perma-death. When you lose a character in turn-based battle, that character is gone for good. If you want him or her back (or it, I suppose) back, you have to start the level over. Nintendo has relaxed that in recent releases (much to the chagrin of long-time fans), and I suspect they won’t be so harsh in the mobile release. Either way, the Fire Emblem Heroes will still focus on story, characters, and strategic turn-based combat.
A world with two kingdoms: the Emblian Empire, which wishes to rule all worlds, and the Askran Kingdom, which stands in its way.
You are a summoner with the special ability to call upon legendary Heroes from different Fire Emblem worlds. In order to save the Kingdom of Askr from destruction, join the Order of Heroes and face a never-ending challenge.
And although the game will introduce some new characters, it will also dig deeply into the franchises history, pulling out favorites such as Anna, Lyn, Roy, and the more recent Lucina and Takumi.
Battles will be fought on story maps laid out in 6×8 grids—much smaller than the maps in the DS and console versions, but probably right for the quick gameplay people want on mobile devices. Also, easily controllable on smaller phones. In addition to the story-based levels, players will have access to PvP battles in the arena, as well as a training tower and hero battles.
As soon as Nintendo announces the iOS release date, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, visit fire-emblem-heroes.com, and look forward to more feature coverage of Fire Emblem Heroes from Public Access Gaming.