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World of Final Fantasy was one of the quick trolling teases that Square Enix played before they showed off the Final Fantasy VII remake trailer at their E3 2015 press conference. But after looking back on the trailer, the question remains: who is the game for?
The game is for everyone. Anyone. All ages. The game is a way for Square Enix to try to bridge the gap between the older Final Fantasy games with the newer ones (those taking place after Final Fantasy IX). The generational gap coexists with the change from the polygonal, smaller figures that was the norm in the 80’s and 90’s, to the now fully formed, more realistic look of the newer 2000’s games.
The easiest way to say it is that Square seems to be going back to its roots in a specific way, and this chibi form of characters from all of the Final Fantasy worlds (literally all, including Crystal Chronicles) is probably the best way to do it. The characters are small, still retain a form that everybody knows, and really set up this game to have great merchandise (chibi Behemoth plushie, anyone?).
While the game is targeted for anyone, Square Enix is making sure that the game has a deep, clean play system, and that it will still have random encounter battles, as well as story-based battles. They are also implementing the Active Time Battle (ATB) system, a staple of the older Final Fantasy games, and some of the new. The game seems like Square Enix wanted to get back to its old self with the 2012 release of Bravely Default, which was applauded for its story, world design, and how it felt like an old-school Final Fantasy game.
The combat system works in a special way that Square hasn’t done in a Final Fantasy game; it has a monster capture system, wherein you can play as the two main characters, while also stacking them with other monsters to make more powerful attacks and magic. The system seems sort of like Monster Hunter in a way, but World of Final Fantasy allows the creatures stack into what they’re calling “towers.”
For now, all we know is that the game is set in the world of Grimoire, a fantastical land with all of the Final Fantasy characters, and that there are two worlds; the chibi world, and the world where everyone is normally sized. The demo showed us Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, and the Warrior of Light from Final Fantasy I. Until we learn more in the coming months, we know that it is slated for a 2016 release date on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
I think this game is a great move on Square’s part, and putting it solely on the PS4 and Vita helps get the company into a lower age group they haven’t really hit lately (since Nintendo tends to hold that market, especially in the handheld division). The trailer does say “play it first” on the two systems, so it may be that the game will come to Nintendo and Microsoft’s consoles in due time, much like the Final Fantasy VII remake.
What was your favorite part of E3? Do you want to get World of Final Fantasy? If you’re a parent, do you think this is a good way to get your kids into the expansive world that is Final Fantasy? Let us know in the comments below!
By: Cody Dunmire
Edited by: Emily Deaton
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