Fire Emblem Fates Has Another Big Secret – Online Multiplayer

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Fire Emblem Fates launched today in Japan with a feature that had somehow managed to remain hidden until today – online multiplayer.

Matches are available to be played as a five-on-five battle with your units coming from your game’s save file. Unlike previous games in the series that only allowed arena bouts, this time around there are full size maps to battle it out on.

The online portion of the game can be played with players on your friends list, random players, and even locally. Battles can also be altered with different rules that can limit or remove effects of various items, putting players of more equal footing if you’re not as well set up as your friend next door. One specific that does appear to be set in stone, however, is the lack of a fog of war, and a turn time limit of five minutes.

From the get go, players have access to five multiplayer maps; ‘Mountain Village’, ‘Opera House’, ‘Destroyed City’, Crumbled Fortress’, and ‘Palace’. Each map has a number of mechanics placed on it, like Dragon Veins and destructible objects.

Going even further, players can also use their ‘My Castle’ as a multiplayer map if they so choose.

Right now, Fates is set to release in the West some time next year. If you’re interested in more specifics, a poster on Serenes Forest put up a bunch of information, and you can view that here.

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  1. Domhnall
    June 24, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    As amazing as this is, it’s even more amazing that Nintendo was (1) able to keep this secret and (2) WANTED to keep this secret. Why would they NOT want this publicized well ahead of launch?

  2. Cred
    June 24, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    a multiplayer game is great news, adds a good extra aspect to the game and an incentive to keep playing to make strong units

    the gameplay sounds good as well once inside the match, but sadly I expect the social options that make matches happen to be as bare bones as all nintendo games tend to be without many ways to meet people, coordinate games, find people of similar interest or skill, ranks or any sort of competitive progression and extra multiplayer options

    would love to be proved wrong

  3. Tyrannikos
    June 25, 2015 at 1:39 am

    The part that really surprises me is that I haven’t heard of any version-specific multiplayer features.

  4. Azure
    June 25, 2015 at 7:08 am

    It’s not as great as it sounds. It’ll be unfair matches like 90% of the time with enemy vastly over or under level to you.

  5. patyos
    June 25, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Just like Pokemon online

  6. Christopher C
    Christopher C
    June 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    do you mean that fan MMO or the actual games? Cuz the actual games adjust your levels online.

  7. Etherblaze
    June 25, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I can’t wait to kick my friend’s ass.

  8. TerriblePerson
    June 25, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Just WHAT is that unit wearing…?

  9. Tubsiwub
    June 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Why do I remember hearing about this before launch in one of the Fire Emblem IF Japanese streams of the game that got leaked a bit ago?