Fire Emblem: Three Houses has been out on Switch for a couple of weeks now, but Nintendo still has a lot more content on the way for the tactical RPG. In addition to an upcoming free update that will add a new difficulty option, the company will be releasing several batches of DLC as part of the title’s expansion pass, and it has outlined when fans can expect that content to arrive.
The first “wave” of DLC launched alongside the game and added male and female Officers Academy outfits for protagonist Byleth. Wave 2 is scheduled to release by October 31, 2019 and will introduce new Auxiliary battle maps, as well as “helpful in-game support items” and some additional content. The third wave of DLC will follow by December 31 and will add new quests and costumes, while the fourth is slated to arrive by April 30, 2020 and will introduce new story content, including additional playable characters and locations.
All four waves of DLC will only be sold as part of Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ expansion pass, which runs for $25 USD / £22.49 / $37.50 AU. You can read more details about the expansion pass on Nintendo’s website. Everyone who purchases a copy of the game is also entitled to receive Byleth in the mobile Fire Emblem Heroes game. To qualify, you’ll need to purchase a copy and register it via My Nintendo by June 29, 2020. You can read how to redeem the free gift here.
In addition to the planned DLC, Nintendo will release several free updates for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, one of which will introduce a more challenging difficulty mode. Nintendo hasn’t specified when that update will go live, only noting that it will be released “later this year.” The company mentions a couple of other free updates for the game in its DLC roadmap, but it hasn’t yet detailed what those will entail.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses launched on July 26 and has already proven to be a big critical and commercial success for Nintendo. The game has held onto the top spot of the UK game charts for the second week and garnered positive reviews from critics, including GameSpot–you can read our full thoughts on the title in our Fire Emblem: Three Houses review. If you’re just getting started, be sure to check out our spoiler-free essential tips and advice.