Rumour: Tharja Warriors Reveal + Fates Artbook from Cipher Festival

This Sunday, 2018’s last Fire Emblem Cipher Festival event took place in Japan. Although these events are mainly focused on the Cipher card game, sometimes other snippets of information are brought to light.

(We only have official photographs from the event.)

According to event-goers on Twitter etc., a Fire Emblem Warriors character trailer for Tharja–one of the three new Awakening DLC characters–was shown on stage. Earlier, the official Japanese Warriors Twitter teased a surprise at the event, which appears to be this.

Sadly, because photography was prohibited at the event (outside of designated zones, like the artwork exhibits), we don’t have any pictures or videos to share. From what we can tell, the fans who saw the trailer were all very hyped–and it may even have distracted some tournament players…

(A poster on 2ch commenting about the Tharja trailer.)

Apparently, Tharja is a Robin clone, which probably isn’t a huge surprise. One of the new History Maps is based on Chapter 9 of Awakening, where she’s recruited, which again anyone could’ve guessed. Finally, during her victory movie, she poses like her official figure. Hmm, how will she pull that one off?

Currently, there still doesn’t seem to be a date for the Awakening DLC, beyond the tentative “before the end of March” date that was provided from the start.

Strangely, Fire Emblem Heroes advertised a new set of Awakening special maps for 12th-13th March, which presumably tie in with the Awakening DLC. But the reference was removed at the last minute (although you can still see it on Twitter).

Moving on, Yusuke Kozaki–the character illustrator for Awakening and Fates–was quizzed about a Fates artbook on stage. This is what event-goers have said anyway. It sounds like Mr. Kozaki has been very busy, but he’s hoping for the book to release before the end of this year.

Although Fates was released nearly 3 years ago, a proper artbook–akin to The Art of Fire Emblem Awakening–was never released. From our understanding, the main reason for its delay is because of Mr. Kozaki’s busy schedule; he simply hasn’t had time to draw all the characters.

For reference, currently only 17 pieces of official character art exist for Fates: Azura, 2 Corrins, 8 royal siblings, Felicia + Jakob, plus Takumi and Leo’s two retainers. Meanwhile, there are over 70 playable characters in the game, never mind important NPCs like Garon and Mikoto. Good luck Mr. Kozaki!

On a related note, in case you haven’t heard, a Fire Emblem Echoes artbook is slated for a 30th March 2018 release (in Japan). Dubbed “Valentia Accordion”, the book is published by the same people that brought us the Tellius Recollection pair of books.

Currently no other details are known, besides a price (3,780 Yen) and page count (256 pages). You can pre-order the book from Amazon Japan or CDJapan, etc. As soon as more details arrive, we’ll let you know!

–A big thanks to Chrom/@theprinceofiris for bringing this info to our attention!

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  • speedster

    thanks for the info

  • speedster

    sad how Tharja is treated as an sex symbol and doesn’t seem to get anything beyond that

    • Especially considering she does have actual depth as opposed to most other fanservice characters out there.

      • speedster

        yea. that figure pose thing is pretty off putting in this post

    • Henrique Valle

      She is not even a good sex-symbol.

    • Cute-Chao

      Urgh, this made me roll my eyes and vow to never use her, not that I really wanted to before this. She just gets worse and worse -.-

  • Mattrex

    Lame reveal for something everybody will be seeing by the end of the month. But I guess if they were going to announce a second wave of DLC it’d be part of a larger Nintendo press release.

    Surprised she’s apparently a Robin clone, I was very much banking on her being a Linde clone instead seeing as I felt their animations matched up better (i.e. Linde sometimes holds her skirt down after a large attack, I could see Tharja doing that as well).

    • CaT

      You could see Tharja holding down what skirt? Not her own, she doesn’t have one

      • Mattrex

        I was thinking of the flap in between her legs, but I checked again and found that it was thinner than I remembered. My mistake.

    • Grace Norback

      I honestly can’t imagine Tharja doing Robin’s combo 6 (just throwing down magic in the air), but maybe that’s just me. I expected better of Koei than creating only four new movesets from nine characters. Oh well.

  • MrPerson0

    Even though we knew who the three characters for the Awakening DLC were, guess it shouldn’t be surprising that Tharja is in the game. She might not be popular (in recent polls), but she will always be seen as a sex symbol.

    • neon

      Since when is Tharja “not popular”? If you are talking about CYL2 she was still the second highest Awakening character (after Chrom)/Top 10 out of every female in the series, and CYL2 was heavily influenced by people voting for what they want in the game rather than voting for favs (which is why Leif is so high).

      • MrPerson0

        Eh, you can say that for some people, but not every voter. Also, she dropped from 4th to 12th. Also, don’t know why, but I guess I kept on thinking she didn’t make the top 10 for her side. Maybe my mind is just trying to block her out.

        • neon

          She was 3rd for females in CYL1 and 10th in CYL2. And once again, she was still the second most voted for Awakening character after Chrom (Awakening characters in general dropped off). Unless you consider no Awakening characters popular besides Lucina and Chrom (not even Robin or Owain)? Tharja makes perfect sense for a DLC character.

          And CYL2 was heavily influenced by what people want in the game, which is why Leif, beast units, and Heroes villains (which people want playable) ranked so highly.

          Oh well, agree to disagree.

      • dmurr

        This is exactly true. CYL2 was primarily Heroes players, while CYL1 was much more widespread. Given as it was prior to the release of the game, I’d take it as more accurate to the overall series popularity. Plus, Tharja came close to winning the Hero Rises poll too, which was the same time as CYL2.

        Tharja is still one of the most known non-main characters in the series.

  • dmurr

    So that means Olivia definitely has a unique moveset, since Owain will certainly share Ryoma’s. I thought for sure they would’ve dropped some info on this DLC now, but I guess it’s probably more likely later this week or next week. I’m sure it’ll release sometime the last week this month. I hope if they do decide they aren’t going to make a sequel that they’ll make at least another DLC pack for this game.

  • Fastesthe1

    So Tharja is a Robin clone… I was predicting a Linde clone, but I’m not complaining. I hope they treat her supports nicely…
    Olivia will definitely have a moveset all her own, though. I predict it will be dance-like and full of twirls, with her C1 functionally identical to Azura’s.

    As for the artbook, I look forward to it and the possibility of having artwork for all the characters in Fates! Good luck, Kozaki-san!

  • sappybrenton

    official Fates art book? yes!

    • speedster

      I always found it weird how these characters didn’t have full art. guess that explains it

  • MetalGear Lamia

    I can’t wait for the artwork finally its been 3000 years!

  • Sentinel

    I would so buy that Echoes art book if it were to come over. It’s probably right up there with the Tellius games in my opinion.

  • Kneekicker

    I’m guessing Tharja either leans over invisible air or something she momentarily conjures up. Of course, the camera could just pan above her elbow, but that’d be weird.

    Also pretty surprised at how many people here are taking offence to Tharja. Being sexy isn’t a crime, people.

    • speedster

      It’s about how IS treats her

      • Kneekicker

        Tharja was designed with the appeal of being dark and seductive, which is exactly how IS treats her. Being treated like a sex symbol is only an issue if said character wasn’t designed for the intent of invoking fanservice and has their pre-existing characterization stripped away for that purpose, which clearly hasn’t happened to Tharja given how she’s going to have Supports like every other DLC character.

        • speedster

          That’s true, but she’s known known more for sex appeal rather than personality. She has a personality, but IS wants to just have her be a doll. Though I’m interested in supports, but if it’s all going to be about Robin/player… She has other topics she talked about in her supports that are more interesting
          BTW, Tharja has no idea of her own sex appeal. She gets flustered when people point out her beauty or large breasts

          • Kneekicker

            Some of the Warriors Supports come completely out of nowhere with people you wouldn’t expect to be interacting together, so it’s too hasty to draw conclusions about her game portrayal being purely fanservice.

            Other FE works also make efforts to portray her as more than a simple doll: while still focused on sex appeal, she demonstrates a sisterly personality to Kiria in TMS and her promoted cards in Cipher effectively demonstrates the part of her personality which doesn’t concern Robin.

          • speedster

            I haven’t played TMS, but this gives hope

  • ronin4life

    They should have just loaded the game with bucket fulls of characters since they are all clones anyway smh