So one of the biggest staples of FE is the permadeath mechanic. While I do like how this had pushed the series towards valuing interactions between units in supports, I think it is pretty lacking in terms of emotional impact. While the player might mourn the loss of a good character or a fan favorite, such a sentiment is not expressed by their friends in-game. The death of another character rarely impacts other characters or the story, and characters feel as if they were deleted, rather than deceased. While I understand that it is almost impossible to have a story that changes each death, some additional dialogue would be welcome. I would love for characters to have some sort of heartfelt support centered around how characters respond to their death. Here a few possibilities from 3H that come to mind:
- Ignatz visiting Raphael’s sister following his death
- Raphael burying Ignatz alongside his parents, all while blaming himself for both of their deaths
- Manuela mourning Dorothea’s death
- Dimitri confronting Rodrigue following Felix’s death
How would you guys bring more substance to this mechanic?
(Note that I have only played SoV, SS, Awakening, and 3H. I’m holding out on a remake to delve into the older games such 776, and Ike’s games. I’d love to hear if other entries or series handle this mechanic better!)