Fire Emblem Engage was first announced on September 13, 2022 during a Nintendo Direct with an estimated release of January 20, 2023. It is the first Fire Emblem developed internally by Intelligent Systems for an HD console, and was created in the Unity game engine. The character designs were created by freelance artist Mika Pikazo, whose input and influence provided the basis for the game’s aesthetic.
Engage features characters and other content pulled from across past entries in the series. While previous titles such as Fire Emblem Awakening feature characters pulled from titles set outside their specific world and canon as DLC or other bonus content, Engage is the first mainline series entry to directly feature characters from all preceding core titles in the central narrative since the second game, Fire Emblem Gaiden.
One thousand years ago, the land of Elyos was besieged by the Fell Dragon Sombron. Thanks to a group of powerful warriors utilizing the powers of heroes of other worlds, Sombron was sealed away. Elyos enjoyed a millennium of peace, but the seal holding back the Fell Dragon has begun to weaken.
Alear, a Divine Dragon, awakens from a thousand-year slumber and becomes a central figure in combating the looming threat of forces attempting to free Sombron. In order to accomplish this goal, Alear must seek out the twelve Emblem Rings, some of which are held by forces loyal to the Fell Dragon.