There is a demo on the eShop available now.
Looks like they're adding a 'casual' mode that revives dead units after a mission has ended. Non-permanent death in my Fire Emblem?! Say it ain't so! You still lose if a 'story' unit dies though.
I tried Hard mode on the demo and it seems pretty hard. I died in the first mission quite handily, and again in the second mission. I'm pretty rusty, but I think it's genuinely difficult too.
I like the overworld, the sprites remind me of the old FE games. I wish they went full-on sprites for everything though. The 3D view when in battle scenes still looks goofy to me. The graphics style is similar to that of FF3 for the DS, pretty nice.
There's a new system where you fight together as pairs. Seems pretty cool, I like it. Certain pairs get to attack twice I think? There seems to be various kinds of bonuses based on who you attack/defend with.
The voice acting is good when it's done properly, but the "Huh?" "Oh!" "Hmm" one syllable replies shouldn't even be there. The cinematics look really nice. The characters seem genuinely cool and interesting. The whole universe gives a very Westeros kind of feel.
Pick up here.
I bet J is the only other person planning on getting it