One of the most enjoyable aspects of Fire Emblem Engage is its tactical turn-based combat. This only gets better the more you delve deeper into the game’s JRPG aspects and begin recruiting more members who you cross paths with to your unit. However, this is a double-edged sword. That’s because Fire Emblem Engage is unique in that it includes permadeath. That means that if you lose a member of your squad, they’re gone for good. So, if you’re unsure whether you want that feature enabled, here’s how to turn it on or off.
How to Turn On Permadeath in Fire Emblem Engage
When you first start Fire Emblem Engage, you have two game modes to choose from: Classic and Casual. The primary distinction between the two is the permadeath feature. The Classic game mode includes permadeath. With this, if a member of your unit dies during a battle, they will remain dead for the rest of your playthrough. Casual mode in Fire Emblem Engage does not feature permadeath. Instead, if a member of your unit dies, they will still be in your squad following the result of the battle and can be used in your next fight.
If you choose the Classic game mode with permadeath enabled, just know that you will need to carefully consider every single decision you make. You should also keep in mind that you can’t switch the game mode to Casual mid-playthrough. If you want to switch to Casual, you will have to start a new game. That’s why if you just want to enjoy the JRPG for its narrative rather than pulling your hairs out over its turn-based combat, we recommend playing in Casual mode.
Now, even with permadeath on in Classic mode, there are a couple of ways you can combat the feature. One, for example, is the Rewind Mechanic. This lets you rewind a couple of turns back in combat. This won’t always change the outcome of the fight, but sometimes it can result in you saving your unit. Another classic one is doing a manual save before your fight. If you end up losing a unit during a battle you wanted to keep alive, simply reload your last save before the fight and try again.
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