Fire Emblem: Three Houses,a is a tactical role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo for the Nintendo Switch and published worldwide by Nintendo on July 26, 2019. It is an entry in the Fire Emblem series, and the first one for home consoles since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, originally released in 2007.
Three Houses is set on the continent of Fódlan, divided between three rival nations now at peace, connected through the Garreg Mach Monastery. Taking the role of a former mercenary and new tutor at Garreg Mach, the player must choose a nation to support and guide them through a series of battles. The game carries over the turn-based tactical gameplay of earlier Fire Emblem titles, while incorporating social simulation and time management elements.
The game’s production was challenging for Intelligent Systems, who attributed its success to Koei Tecmo, who had previously partnered with the company for Fire Emblem Warriors. The staff wanted something entirely new for the series’ debut on high-definition home consoles, birthing the school life mechanics and expansions to battle. Chinatsu Kurahana was responsible for creating the character designs and illustrations. The game’s school system and a time skip later in the story took inspiration from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
The game released to critical acclaim, with critics praising the integration of the school system and battalion mechanics, narrative, characters, soundtrack, and replay value. Minor criticisms were directed at the game’s easier difficulty compared to past installments as well as some visual and technical problems. The game would go on to win Best Strategy Game and the Player’s Voice Award at The Game Awards 2019. As of March 2020, the game has sold over 2.87 million copies worldwide.