Final Fantasy Explorers has 20 jobs, monster training
posted on 06.17.14 at 08:52 AM EST by (@salromano)
New details from this week's Famitsu.

Final Fantasy Explorers will have about 20 types of playable jobs, this week’s Famitsu reveals. In addition to the already announced Knight, Monk, White Mage, and Black Mage jobs, Famitsu confirms the Dragon Knight, Paladin, Thief, Ninja, Red Mage, Time Mage, and Bard are also playable.

Final Fantasy Explorers

Players can assign a maximum of eight abilities to each button for use in battle. While the game itself looks like Monster Hunter, Famitsu describes it as feeling like a “lite” version of Final Fantasy XIV or Final Fantasy XI. Character positioning is important, and an ability chaining system is also being implemented.

Once mastered, job-specific abilities can be used within other jobs. Ability costs vary depending on which job a given character currently has. A Black Mage, for example, will have black magic costs halved.

Final Fantasy Explorers is set on an island with various locations, and players will be able to walk to all of its adjoining lands.

A monster training element will allow you to befriend the beasts you fight. Since you have four max player slots, you can fill the remaining slots with monsters. For example, two human players and two monster players.

The game is said to last between 100 to 200 hours. Square-Enix is developing the game with intention of expanding it into a proper action-RPG sub-series of Final Fantasy.

A release date for Final Fantasy Explorers has not been announced. It will support both local and internet four-player co-op when it launches.

Thanks, Hachima Kikou.

  • 武神水樹

    Reminds me of FFIV

  • desponent

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    • Sal Romano

      Let’s not do that.

      Seriously, it’s annoying.

      • Stealth

        That is what gets me the most annoyed witht he comments here. Port begging and whining

    • 武神水樹

      Hardware must be doing well if 3DS has been on top for so long

    • orzorzorz

      god forbid that developers use different projects for different hardware

    • Daniel Masterson

      3DS actually has pretty good hardware plus the battery life to back it up. I call that a win-win.

      • An Tran

        I’m sorry, but what?
        3DS hardware is nearly obsolete by today’s standards (heck it was sub-par back when it was first released) with abysmal battery life. I’m surprised Nintendo couldn’t get more battery power out of what they used.

        • Daniel Masterson

          I never use the 3D option so I guess my experience with the battery has been better than most.

          • An Tran

            Actually, many people don’t use the 3D and there are still plenty of complaints about battery life. I’m one of them.
            Would’ve been nice if Nintendo could manage at least another hour off these batteries. Not to mention a sleep mode that doesn’t die so quickly.

            • Daniel Masterson

              Ya that’s to bad. do you have an original model or the XL?

              • An Tran

                Original. The XL doesn’t seem to be much better, but at least it’s an extra hour.

                • sakanaとkoeda

                  I’m sorry, but how much battery life do you want? Going without 3D, WiFi, and at the lowest brightness I can squeeze about 8-9 hours when I play on my XL. Plus the screen is larger than the original by a lot.

    • 罪罰

      Should have been made on PC

      • desponent

        SE: “what is a pc?”

        • 罪罰

          >le what is PC xD
          >le FF14 xD
          fuck off already.

  • Nesther

    >”a “lite” version of Final Fantasy XIV or Final Fantasy XI”

    Way to kill my hype.

    • DukeVerde

      Lite version of Final Fantasy XI, huh… Well, I hope that means everything won’t beat the snot out of you if you try to solo. XD

  • Solomon_Kano

    Sounding good, so far.

  • Vayne

    I’m hyped with this game.

  • Daniel Masterson

    Its sounds great! now give me a release date.

  • Wolf Star

    This sounds fun :D I’m glad I still kept my 3DS :3

    • kaotron

      im waiting for Bravely default 2, it’s only reason I still have mine.

  • An Tran

    So not as dynamic as MH or PSO huh? I’m disappointed, but at least it’s something. The only Targeting MMO-style game I enjoyed lately was Xenoblade. I’ll have to test FF14 when I have time to see if I’ll enjoy this game. Not entirely sure I would enjoy this type of gameplay much unless there’s a MASSIVE 3D open world to explore though, since I feel combat plays second fiddle to exploration in games with this type of battle system.
    Aside from Xenoblade and potentially these MMO FF games, I’ve moved on from these ancient targeting and auto-attack games. I know they’ve evolved to make positioning important, but I prefer the full control and absolute freedom of movement that I get from true Action MMORPGs like Tera, Vindictus, Onigiri, PSO2, and even Avabel Online. And of course non-MMO console co-op ARPGs like MH, other Phantasy Star games, and the various ARPGs to grace the Vita.

    EDIT: Whelp, other articles are making this game sound like it’s open world, so that’ll make up for the battle system for me.

  • An Tran

    Basically a spiritual successor to Crystal Chronicles then.

  • Samsara09

    Hmmmm,this is interesting.200 hours…

  • Invisbin

    Dragon Knight? Strange.

    • An Tran

      Dragoon for us English speakers.

      • Invisbin

        Ok good I was kinda worried

  • Anime10121

    Hopefully this works out better for them than Type 0 or Nier, which both initially started out as potential series as well.

    Though with this being a game in the hunter genre I doubt it’ll be anything of interest to me…

    • Zackasaur

      Nier. :’c

      But Type-0 still could franchise. It needed a western release before SE could even consider it.

  • Zechs

    So excited! They even have “monster training”! :D

  • Bobby Jennings

    So SE can add online play to this but can’t keep BBS’s multiplayer function…


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  • new_tradition

    It sounds interesting. The little I played of FFXIV really appealed to me with the game play. If this is gonna be like an offline version, I’m definitely gonna keep my eye on the game ^^

    Still hope there’s a decent campaign mode to play alone. Maybe we’ll have silent protagonists? I hope that might even mean character customization could be a thing :O

    EDIT: The music on the official site sounds pretty nice:

  • AdamBoy64

    I should always pay attention when there’s a Final Fantasy spinoff.
    Some of them have been amazing.

  • Zazon Zenzy

    20 weapon types…? Gosh…!