Intelligent Systems seems to be hitting a pretty solid stride with Fire Emblem Heroes content introduction, as six new heroes have been released just about two weeks after our last batch.
As part two in what is apparently a series of siblings getting released into the game – unfortunately killing my hopes of seeing characters like Neimi show up anytime soon – quite a few new characters have been added from a variety of Fire Emblem titles. The six are:
- Lachesis and her older half-brother Eldigan, siblings from the kingdom of Nordion from Genealogy of the Holy War
- Olwen and her older brother Reinhardt, siblings from the Dukedom of Friege from Thracia 776
- Klein, the older brother of Clarine, has been added to complete the sibling pair from Etruria’s capital city Aquleia from The Binding Blade
- Sanaki, Empress and Apostle of Begnion, has been strangely added without her older sister Micaiah
Note: Some of the spellings may be different than on the online source from which I pulled the bios, as I’ve used the spellings given directly in Heroes for names like Friege
To be completely honest… I don’t really know much about any of these characters. I haven’t played any of the games they come from, so I don’t have too much of a connection to any of the sibling pairs like I did with Eirika and Ephraim.
I suppose if there’s anything I can pull, it’s that they’re almost all pairings of older brothers and younger sisters. That hits pretty close to home considering I’m the older brother to a younger sister in my family.
Oh, and through my research I discovered that Eldigan wields the original “Demon Sword” Mystletainn, which would then become the basis for Owain’s signature parody weapon in Fire Emblem Awakening. For that matter, it’s also technically also the namesake of his daughter Ophelia’s signature tome in Fire Emblem Fates. So if nothing else I’d love to summon a five star Eldigan just to see him using that legendary sword.
Along with these newly summonable characters came another Paralogue chapter titled Sibling Bonds.
Once again, this chapter comes with nine new orbs to obtain – three from each difficulty level in the game.
I wish the music was more specialized for these paralogues, since the music on all the main maps are game specific… But I guess that’s more of a personal complaint.
On top of that, new quests have also been added that primarily reward those who summon the focus heroes or complete their paralogue missions with specific additional requirements fulfilled.
Within these missions are another orb to obtain, which means players can get exactly halfway to earning the chance to summon five more heroes. For someone like me who’s just about wrung the story missions dry and needs the extra boost on top of his weekly 15 orbs, this is a much appreciated addition each time it rolls around.
However, this update added more than just the new character focus. It also added in part four of the Launch Celebration maps.
I have no idea when we’ll be getting to the point that the game isn’t considered to still be in it’s launch phase, but honestly I’m not rushing it. The two difficulty levels for each give six orbs altogether, which is a pretty lucrative amount considering most maps only give you one.
I’m not entirely sure why the four characters that were chosen to appear in this map were chosen. Perhaps there’s simply an argument to be made for the symmetry of Azura and Olivia as characters that provide an extra move through dancing and singing on top of Leo and Cecelia as mounted mages… But considering the last launch map was all infantry axe-users, it just seems like a strange direction to go in.
While that’s all that has been added into Heroes today, just the fact that anything has been added this soon after the last update really helps me hit home the point that this mobile title should last quite a while in the hands and minds of gamers.
What do you think of the new heroes added to Fire Emblem Heroes? Do you have more of a connection to the characters or the games they come from then I do? Let me know in the comments below, and let me know who you’re looking forward to being added in the (hopefully near) future!