Based on the 1992 game Fire Emblem Gaiden, which was only released in Japan, FIRE EMBLEM ECHOES: SHADOWS OF VALENTIA completely reimagines its inspiration by anime cut scenes and a more modern take on turn-based tactical combat. It follows both sides of a continent-spanning war between nations that had lived peacefully beside each other for a millennium. As in most Fire Emblem games, players slowly amass a large group of individual heroes, all with their own classes, gear, and abilities. This is the pool from which characters are drawn to create custom war parties used in chess-like turn-based battles carried out on gridded environments. These encounters take place as players move along a linear world map to progress in the story. Most of this should sound pretty familiar to franchise fans, but Shadows of Valentia also introduces something completely new to the Fire Emblem experience: 3D dungeons that players can explore from a third-person perspective to search for treasure and take on special enemies over the course of their journey.