Fire Emblem Fates was trending on Twitter with the launch of Fire Emblem Engage on the Nintendo Switch. The reason Fates was trending was because fans compared the game unfavorably to Engage. While Fire Emblem Engage has been praised for its fun gameplay and fan service, many people found the story lacking. This was the same criticism leveled at Fate when that game was released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016.
Fates has become an increasingly polarizing title within the Fire Emblem community, with many disliking that the title focused more on the waifu-bait aspect of the series than constructing a good narrative. The game’s story was also heavily criticized for its nonsensical story beats and simplistic view of the war. Players worry that Engage’s weak story is a sign that the series is falling back into a similar formula to Fates. This also reignited controversy over Fates, with many fans online calling the title the worst in the franchise while others defended it.
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The unfavorable comparison is also made because the previous Fire Emblem title Three Houses was praised for its good story and gameplay. Many players hoped that Engage would follow what was set up in Three Houses, which includes the life simulation elements and memorable characters. However, Engage focuses more on tactical gameplay than life simulation aspects, leading some fans to wonder if Engage is a mainline title.
Fron_24 on Reddit posted the credits for Engage and noted that almost no one from Three Houses worked on the game. Three Houses was primarily developed by a team at Koei Tecmo in collaboration with Intelligent Systems, while Engage was developed almost entirely by IS with a similar team to Fates. The diverse development team explains why there is a difference between The Three Houses and Engage, which may justify the fans’ comparison between Engage and Fates.
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