When you’ve got a franchise as mind bogglingly popular as the Final Fantasy series, you have to imagine at some point that fresh innovation is a little hard to come by. We’re not helping, by the way; the legion of nostalgic fans (official organization name and t-shirt line to follow) who would love if Final Fantasy constantly innovated, but also stayed absolutely the same for each instalment.
With that in mind though, I would still have loved to be present at the brainstorming session for this particular project of Square Enix’s flagship series. With the next big release being Final Fantasy XV, and the upcoming arcade version of Dissidia: Final Fantasy, the light of the crystals (or the marketing department) has decreed that the time has come once again to dip into the spinoff series.
The end result of this consultation process is the endearingly titled World of Final Fantasy, which has two premises. The first is an entire game based off the Creature Capture mechanics from Final Fantasy X-2 International Version and Final Fantasy XIII-2. That’s not a half bad idea, really, given the extensive pool of Final Fantasy monsters and summons to play about with. What started out as a gimmick in FFX-2 could be an interesting game premise on its own merits. And hey, there are less potent forms of crack than fusing Final Fantasy and Pokemon into one game.
The other premise is taking all the characters of Final Fantasy and making them goddamn adorable.
Yeah, you thought Theatrhythm‘s avatars were adorable? Well, the Final Fantasy series isn’t finished with your blood sugar levels yet. In addition to the new characters, an amnesiac brother and sister team travelling to the game’s setting to recover their memories (a concept I summed up in almost a tenth of the words the trailer needed), a grand coalition of Final Fantasy heroes and heroines will be appearing, all in Super Deformed Chibi Mode.
Unlike Theatrhythm though, they’re all voiced by their regular voice actors. The image of Lightning and Cloud trying to sound like badasses while being tiny and adorable is, I’m almost certain, worth the price of admission.
Details are a little scarce beyond the current trailer, but the interesting thing is that this thing is coming out on PS4, because I’m sure that you need that level of processing for glorious high definition chibiness. 1080p or bust for this one I reckon.