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Just saw this game was released, and I was wondering...
...how many characters from past FE games have been confirmed so far? Game looks awesome, and I hope 'Murika gets it soon.
Paid DLCs only.
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I think I heard there were free Spotpass characters as well.
"I believe the proper phrase here is, 'You Fail'"-Miles Edgeworth
There will be tons, IS stated around 120 will be release through spotpass I believe. I think just over 30 old faces have shown up so far.
There'll be 120 free spot pass characters (Old art, generic classes), apparently 10 per game, although FE4 seems to get 20 (10 for each gen) and FE11/12 seem to share 10 (This division isn't confirmed though, but it's likely considering the opponents and allies in the DLC chapters out so far).
Right now, the 10 characters from FE4 Gen 1 have been released. (It's one per day apparently). Anyway, as far as the free characters go, you can face them in combat (where they'll be accompanied by a group of generic units that often references their games somehow - like Sigurd having a group of units based on the player units from FE4's prologue), hire them for money or buy items from them. They don't have any chapters just for themselves, but, after they join your party, you can take them to the main story or the other side chapters.
Aside from those there's also the paid DLC. Those come with a character with new art, done by a guest artist, and also a crossover chapter. Marth, Roy and Leaf are out right now, with Micaiah and Alm getting released soon. These are quite variable in quality. Marth has a custom head for the 3d model and his own variation of the Lord Class, while Roy is just a generic mercenary with blue clothes and short red hair here. Meanwhile Micaiah now is a dark mage wearing something completely different from her FE9 outfit. On the other hand, Alm's design is a perfect update, and he's getting his own completely new class - his DLC chapter also comes with a scroll which allows you to give that class to other characters. All their DLC chapters also include the soundtrack from their own games for the specific chapter.
Also, these DLC chapters have cameos from various other characters too (although they're generic units that don't look or match neither the originals nor the spotpass or dlc versions). For example, in the Marth DLC you have Ike and Alm as allies, but both are just allied mercenaries wearing green (they have their portraits though, with old art), and you need to face all main heroines of the franchise. In the Leaf DLC, you need to face 20 units from FE4 and 10 from F5, having 10 units added by the remakes FE11/12 as allies (Well, 8 units exclusive from those + Marth and Hardin with art and classes based on FE12).
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