It’s not fun when a game that isn’t present at the E3 Expo is announced during the same week as it, because the awkward timing tends to result in it being swept under the carpet – filed in the “Will Write Up About Later” box that overflows once you realise it’s 5am and you’re only just wrapping up an article on Splatoon. One such title that fell under the radar was Final Fantasy Explorers, an upcoming multiplayer adventure game exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
Much like with Bravely Default, Square Enix are taking their well known franchise into a bold new area that mixes both old with new. Explorers from far and wide have gathered to the land of Amostela, which is renowned for its incredibly large supply of crystals, which are the source of the planet’s energy. However, the natural inhabitants of the island – the summons – want to protect the crystals from these scavengers. One of said summons, is the franchise regular Ifrit, who will go all out to try and stop you with his fiery, physical strength.
Like with games in Capcom’s Monster Hunter series, Amostela has the town of Libertus that acts as your base of operations where you can take on requests that will take you across the island. You will journey across the land in parties of up to four players which can be gathered either by local wireless of Nintendo Network online play and there will also be the option to play by yourself which incorporates using monsters you’ve defeated in battle as additional party members . Like with many Final Fantasy games, you will be able to play as around twenty different “classes” which will affect your play style and available moves. The job list is fairly standard in regards to the series, but here’s a list of the ones that have been confirmed so far:
- – Bard
- -Black Mage
- – Knight
- – Monk
- – Ninja
- – Paladin
- – Thief
- – Time Mage
- – White Mage
Like with Bravely Default, abilities that have been learned in one job can be used in another, although that will double the cost of doing so.
The game’s key visual art and character supervision is being handled by Toshiyuki Itahana, who worked as the art supervisor on Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, as well as a character designer for Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy XIII.
At this stage, information is still scarce on Final Fantasy Explorers but as always, when we know more, we’ll let you know. A trademark has been filed in the United States though, which might be indicative of a localisation.
I don’t like to mix personal opinions into news pieces, but honestly, Final Fantasy Explorers is looking really impressive right now!