Fire Emblem: Three Houses is coming out later this month, and despite being one of the bigger games to launch on the Switch in recent months, theres been shockingly little hype for it until only very recently. Part of that is probably because despite its success, Fire Emblem is still fairly niche in the US of A (thanks, weird petting minigames and incest plots!), and another large part is probably the fact that there have just been other, more hype games taking up peoples time and attention like Super Mario Maker 2 and Pokemon Sword and Shield.
But with the game one week away, Nintendo finally seems ready to start promoting the damn thing for real, and to that end, sent director Toshiyuki Kasukihara to speak with French gaming site jeuxvideo.com about the game. Many things were discussed, almost all of them in French, including details about romance (itll be there), online functionality (no My Castle mode, no PVP, but there are leaderboards), and amiibo support (which can get you in-game items and music). But the most important and revealing detail regarded the games length. Apparently, if you intend to get the full Three Houses experience, youll need to strap yourself in for quite the long ride.
As he stated that, without skipping any dialogue or cutscenes, completing just one of the titular three houses took around 80 hours. Possibly longer, if you really suck and you have to keep re-doing battles. And that means if you decide to play through the game leading all three houses, itll take you well over 200 hours.
The good news is that so far, theres no indication that this game is like Fates, where you had to play both sides before unlocking a third, true route. The bad news is that for an adult like me, finishing this game completely sounds like a distant dream.
Ill have to make my matches count, dammit.