IGN have had the chance to chat with Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes director Hayato Iwata and producer Yosuke Hayashi about the newly released game. They specifically asked the duo why they decided to select the hero of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Byleth, as the villain in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. They said that Byleth is one of the more appealing characters in the original game and they decided that they wished to bring out even more of her personality and charm in Three Hopes.
“We had the scenario writer of Three Houses also handle the writing for this title. So, when talking to this writer, I did discuss the following point: ‘Although Byleth is representing the player, they are simultaneously also one of the appealing characters. So making Byleth an antagonist is a necessary development in order to further bring out the character’s charm’.”
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes director Hayato Iwata
“We’d felt that the main theme of Three Houses was ‘the conflicts that arise from the clashing beliefs of the characters’ but among the characters, the only one that had no such conflict was Byleth,” he said. “This is quite natural as Byleth is the main character and is a character for which the selected route is always depicted as the correct way.
“In Three Hopes, we decided to portray Byleth as the antagonist as we wanted to further explore this theme. In doing so, we thought we could have players experience ‘the conflicts that arise from the clashing beliefs of the characters’ in both Three Houses and Three Hopes.”
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes producer Yosuke Hayashi
You can read our review of Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes here.