Since its launch in 2019, tactics-based RPG Fire Emblem: Three Houses has been a constant topic online. Whether trending on Twitter, or discussed on Reddit, fans always enjoy any opportunity to talk about their favorite FE3H couples and characters. Now, Nintendo has recently released an Instagram filter that allows users to pose with one of the most popular characters in the game, the Gatekeeper.

Though not one of the recruitable or playable characters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the Gatekeeper is well-known in the fandom as extremely loved by the game’s fans. In fact, the demand for the character was so high after the game’s release that Nintendo had no choice but to include the Gatekeeper in Fire Emblem Heroes, the mobile version of the franchise. Given just how favored the Gatekeeper is, it is not surprising that Nintendo has pandered once more to its audience’s desires through the new social media platform filter.

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On Twitter, the official Fire Emblem Heroes account announced that interested fans can pose with a chibi version of FE3H’s Gatekeeper. The filter was created using AR technology, or Augmented Reality, and allows its users to take photos or videos with the tiny character. In the filter, the Gatekeeper can be found faithfully walking around and standing guard by Garreg Mach Monastery’s entrance. However, users can also choose to place the Gatekeeper in real-life environments such as their bedrooms or living spaces. This provides a lot of fun variety for gamers who are really fond of the Gatekeeper.

The Twitter thread also outlines instructions on how players can download and install the filter on their devices. Nintendo also announced that another AR filter will be coming soon, this time in the form of the Summoner effect from FE Heroes. Since news of the filter was announced, the Twitter post has already received over 5,000 likes and 1,300 re-tweets. FE3H fans also replied to the thread, showing off the different photos and video clips they have taken with the Gatekeeper AR filter.

With the sheer amount of characters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, it may look surprising that an NPC would garner that much attention. However, given that players often speak with the Gatekeeper through the various routes in the game, affection for the energetic and pure-hearted character was surely bound to have manifested in the fans. Hopefully Nintendo creates more character filters such as these as a reminder that Fire Emblem: Three Houses is still a great game to play, or replay, at any time.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is currently available on the Nintendo Switch.

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