Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Conquest finally reached North America last month, and with the third branching story path in Revelation coming to the eShop on March 10th and new weekly DLC maps lasting until late April, there is enough Fates goodness to whet players' appetites for a while. Meanwhile, Japanese fans hit a dry spell of additional Fates content, as they have had access to the entirety of Map Pack 1 — split into two separate DLC waves on their end — since last October. That, however, is set to change in the immediate future.
Nintendo has announced via the Japanese Direct that a third wave of Fire Emblem Fates Xenologue Chapters is rolling out this month, which includes a whopping ten new maps for players to test their tactical prowess.
The list of new chapters is as follows, but be warned for spoilers pertaining to the game's story:
A Gift from Anna 2 — Available Now
- Rewards players with either the Paragon Book or Boots;
- The Paragon Book grants an assigned unit the Paragon Skill, which doubles the amount of earned EXP. in battle;
- Boots is a stat booster that increases a unit's Movement;
- Price: Free.
Hoshidan Festival of Bonding — Available March 16
- Taking place in an alternate kingdom of Hoshido beyond the Dragon's Gate, bandits raid a festival that prays for the healthy growth of children;
- Features unique conversations between S-Support characters and their children;
- Rewards players with special illustrations and the Exalt's Brand on every visit, which reclasses female units into the Great Lord class;
- Great Lord is a class otherwise exclusive to Amiibo-locked Lucina;
- Difficulty: 1 Star;
- Price: 250 Yen.
Nohrian Festival of Bonding — Available March 23
- Taking place in an alternate kingdom of Nohr beyond the Dragon's Gate, bandits raid a festival that celebrates the bonds of friendship;
- Features unique conversations between units who cannot support in regular gameplay, citing Azura and Camilla, Ryoma and Scarlet, and Elise and Izana;
- Rewards players with special illustrations and the Hero's Brand on every visit, which reclasses male units into the Lodestar class;
- Lodestar is a class otherwise exclusive to Amiibo-locked Marth;
- Difficulty: 1 Star;
- Price: 250 Yen.
Short-Lived Memories — Available March 16
- A six-map pack that features a brand new story, in a similar vein to the somber "Future Past" Xenologues from Fire Emblem: Awakening;
- Takes place in an alternate timeline where the parents are gone, and it is up to the younger cast to take up the charge;
- Azura's spirit lingers as a ghost in this timeline;
- One particular line from a conversation between Shiro and Siegbert reads: "So you're saying that until everything ends... until Shigure's death, we can do nothing but wait here...?"
- One of the maps rewards players with the Point Blank Book, but only if no unit falls in battle;
- The Point Blank Skill, otherwise exclusive to Takumi as a boss character in the Conquest route, allows archer units to attack foes at 1 Range/melee distance with any equipped bow;
- Difficulty: 3 Stars;
- Price: 1500 Yen.
A Western release for this new wave of Fire Emblem Fates DLC has yet to be announced. On the other side of the pond, Nintendo of Europe confirmed via their recent Direct that Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Conquest will launch on May 20th across the continent, and a Special Edition which contains all three routes will be released that same day.
The prospects of farmable Lodestars and Great Lords certainly sounds appealing, and I'm already a sucker for additional story DLC as it is, but what about you? Are you also looking forward to purchasing the very likely Map Pack 2 once it has formally been revealed via Nintendo's Western branches? Or are you satisfied with what you have now in Fire Emblem Fates? Give us your thoughts below!