During your internet travels in December, you may have stumbled across this rather excellent Fire Emblem: Three Houses video - a reimagined version of the game's prologue in the style of a Game Boy Advance title. It was already an impressive display, but that's not the last we'll be seeing from this team, as the demo video has now evolved into a fully-fledged demake project.
In its latest video, the FE: Three Houses Demake dev team has shown off its recent progress with a GBA version of the main theme, along with more gameplay footage. Other progress videos released over the past months show continued improvements to Garreg Mach, and a complete chapter one mock battle.
"That prologue video on YouTube was supposed to stay a one-shot", said a sprite version of Byleth in the dev team's Christmas update message. "It's honestly amazing that so many people are willing to help out and are interested in seeing something like this come to fruition."
As Fire Emblem: Three Houses is such a massive game with multiple story routes, the team has decided to focus on recreating the Blue Lions route to make things easier. This was chosen because it's the "most self-contained story" (and also the best, in my book). Judging by the project's progress log, the team is currently midway through developing chapter five, but is in need of more animators and is running a little behind on portraits.
As is probably wise for a fan-made game, there are no plans to publicly release a ROM until the project is completely finished, although the team is considering making a demo of everything before the time skip. If you want to keep up with news on the de-Mach project in the meantime, the team's running a Discord with frequent progress updates, videos and artwork.
In other Fire Emblem: Three Houses news, it's almost time for the game's substantial story DLC Cindered Shadows, adding unofficial fourth house the Ashen Wolves and a new area called The Abyss - basically Garreg Mach's basement. You can look forward to all that when it arrives on 13th February as part of the game's expansion pass. I'll be very Hapi come Thursday.