Celica, the warrior priestess from the second Fire Emblem game and its 2017 remake, was officially announced for the upcoming Fire Emblem Warriors during a live stage show at the Tokyo Game Show on Thursday.
Celica starred alongside Alm in both Fire Emblem Gaiden in 1992 and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia in 2017. As reported by Nintendo Everything, a brief intro video was shown on stage at the TGS, followed by several minutes of Celica gameplay. A new trailer for Warriors with Celica was released later that day.
In the new trailer and gameplay video, Celica is shown wielding both a sword and her signature Ragnarok magic.
After Lyn was confirmed for Warriors at the Nintendo Direct on September 13, the door seemed wide open for more roster additions from a variety of Fire Emblem titles. It had previously been stated that the game would feature only characters from the recent Fates and Awakening games, as well as the original Shadow Dragon. Lyn’s inclusion contradicted this statement, and now Celica has arrived to reinforce the idea that this just might be a more balanced Fire Emblem all-star team than we thought.
While there had been no official word on Celica until now, there was some potential leaked box art that included Celica’s sprite. Three other unconfirmed characters grace this art: Caeda from Shadow Dragon, Tiki from Shadow Dragon and Awakening, and Anna from… pretty much every game.
With Celica now official, it seems more likely that this box art is for real and we can perhaps expect to see these other female characters on launch day.
Koei Tecmo, co-developer of Warriors, followed up this news on Friday by showing off even more footage. The most important new piece of information revealed was a history mode, where Fire Emblem fans can go relive well-known battles from across the franchise. Gameplay in history mode will include classic grid-based tactical play as well as the Warriors hack-and-slash horde style.
Fire Emblem fans and newcomers alike will be able to experience Celica, history mode, and all aspects of Fire Emblem Warriors when it hits North America on October 20.