When Fire Emblem: Three Houses launches tomorrow, it reportedly won’t come with a “Lunatic” difficulty option straight out the box: Instead, it’ll be added to the game via a post-launch update.
This news comes from Nintendo Everything, which gleaned the information from a translated Famitsu interview with Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ director, Genki Yokota.
Nintendo of Europe also confirmed the news via a tweet, albeit not calling the mode “Lunatic.”
For those looking for more of a challenge in #FireEmblem: Three Houses beyond Normal and Hard mode, a free software update will be released later this year that’ll add an even harder mode! pic.twitter.com/N0qAg3uNSe
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) July 25, 2019
Lunatic Mode first appeared in 2010’s Japan-only Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem for the Nintendo DS.
Since its debut, it also appeared in 2013’s Fire Emblem Awakening and 2016’s Fire Emblem Fates — both for Nintendo 3DS — but skipped out on 2017’s Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
It was also available as an unlockable difficulty option in spin-off titles Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE and Fire Emblem Warriors.
Typically, the mode adds slightly more enemies to maps, increases enemy stats, improves enemy AI, and provides more skills to opponents.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses will launch worldwide tomorrow, July 26th, 2019.
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