I imagine one of the hardest parts of designing game animations is to account for customizable characters. Perhaps this is why Fire Emblem: Three Houses prevents you from customizing your character, Byleth. But given the amount of work Intelligent Systems put into creating unique animations for the male and female versions of Byleth, I’m not going to complain!
The most discernable differences between the two characters are physical. For one thing, female Byleth has a more rounded head. Her eyes also seem to be a bit bigger and more expressive than her male counterpart’s. What most stands out to me, though, are the height differences. Female Byleth stands about a head shorter than the male version. This is shown best when Byleth stands next to other characters.
The differences don’t end there, though. Intelligent Systems gave each Byleth some unique animations, which can be rather subtle. In one early moment of the game, Byleth defends Edelgard from an attacker. The male version mostly stands there, almost stoically. However, the female character takes a noticeable deep breath and responds to some dialogue.
A lot of the differences in animations aren’t particularly noticeable unless you compare them side-by-side. Therefore, our own Brett Medlock has pieced together a comparison video to highlight some of the differences. I appreciate the effort Intelligent Systems has put into making all of these little differences, as it makes the male and female versions of Byleth feel unique, despite being the same character. I also think it’s incredible that the differences transcend animation style, and can be found in both the animated and 3D models.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses comes out on July 26th. If you can’t wait to get your hands on it, there’s plenty to keep you entertained until then, including trailers for the Black Eagles, the Blue Lions and the Golden Deer. We also have a preview if you want some early impressions of the game!