20 minutes of World of Final Fantasy gameplay
posted on 12.20.15 at 01:54 AM EDT by (@salromano)
First live gameplay of the chibi Final Fantasy.

World of Final Fantasy

Square Enix debuted the first live gameplay footage of World of Final Fantasy during a Jump Festa 2016 stage event.

The footage shows a pair of battles in the “Forest of Lights” dungeon before an encounter with Yuna from Final Fantasy X where protagonists Reynn and Lann summon Squall from Final Fantasy VIII. You’ll also get a look at using Gems to capture monsters, and using the abilities of captured monsters to get through dungeon obstacles.

Reynn and Lann can switch between small and big sizes at any time. When you’re smaller, you can ride on monsters, and when you’re bigger, you can stack monsters on top of you. This formation will affect the stats and abilities you use in battle.

Load times for battles are a bit long in the video, but it was noted that they will be shorter in the final version of the game.

World of Final Fantasy is due out for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in 2016. If you missed it, catch the Jump Festa 2016 trailer here.

Watch the footage below.

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  • awvnx

    It looks pretty impressive but that combat is a bit sketchy. They don’t even move for physical attacks, just two groups of people standing in a line.

    • quodvadis

      It’s called “Turn Based Battle”.

      • awvnx

        turn-based battles don’t necessarily work with this kind of production value, especially with how slow this combat is. Even something like Bravely Default has animations with some weight and it feels like you’re doing some damage. This is too static.

        • quodvadis

          It looks slow because they demonstrate it while explaining on the stage. This kind of shared ATB is like Grandia system and it can get quite hectic later on.

          • Silent Nyan

            Imagine playing this with all monsters unstacked. 6 units to manage can be intimidating if the ATB would be faster

        • Silent Nyan

          Ever play the old final fantasy games? Like FF1?

          I dunno if they’re lazy or just hitting that old school feel :3

          • ShinGundam

            Probably both :3

        • kthanxyousuck

          The production value for this game is known? Or are you just assuming it must be high because final fantasy name attached to it.

          Anyway, it’s meant to play like an old school final fantasy game and there are some animations for special attacks.

          • awvnx

            What? I can judge the production value by looking at the quality of graphics. It’s higher than any non-SE JRPG.

        • Davis Arend

          Wrong when is old school turn base, wrong when is action game, wrong when is ATB action game, wrong when is ATB turn base, ffs there is no pleasing Final Fantasy fans.

      • Budgiecat

        lol

      • a.mubher

        So was FF X…

      • Davis Arend

        thank you! kids these days all they want is action action action. This turn base system reminds me of the old digimon games, it looks dope.

      • LustEnvy

        Turn based battles have been around for decades, and they’ve looked much better than this. This is pretty sub-standard, actually.

    • Victor Black

      “They don’t even move for physical attacks”

      Even in Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 1,2 and 3 characters can move/run while attack.

  • quodvadis

    I hope they can fix the loading time when you enter the battle. Other than that, it looks SO GOOD.

  • Lancer205

    Oh my gosh, Squall looks so adorable. So much fanservice :)

    • Davis Arend

      Dat fated circle!

  • ShinGundam

    Kawakakoi XD 19:14

    I suggest to skip to 16:19 for cameos

  • Luna Kazemaru

    I am so buying this game

  • Dinoegg96

    I want it

    • Davis Arend

      Is it wrong that I want this more than FFXV?

      • Dinoegg96

        Nope. I’m not even interested in FFXV.

  • tom

    I want it more than ff xv!!!

  • Zeref Dragneel

    Looks nice

  • Budgiecat

    the furthest the West goes with chibi kawaii in rpg like games is South Park The Stick of Truth, Costume Quest and….Fat Princess lol

    • Zuhri69

      So, how do you like it Budgie? Looking forward to it, or ready to kill someone?

      • Budgiecat

        I…..don’t like this..

        :3

        • Zuhri69

          Lol, ok cat. At least you’re honest.

    • kthanxyousuck

      Or…most 3DS rpgs….

      • Budgiecat

        there are Western made 3DS rpgs?

        ….where? :3

        • OlimacFTW

          Heroes of Ruin

          • Budgiecat

            dont nobody know wtf that is lol

    • Kenny

      South Park The Stick of Truth is a very decent game, i can’t wait for it sequel.

  • Jony Lee

    that loading screen though -_-
    hope they fix it

    • Silent Nyan

      They said they will do something about it :3

  • percentaged

    Hyped af

  • Hexodious

    Looks cool, I might consider buying it next year

  • Anime10121

    Looks fun… BUT DEAR GOD THAT LOADING THO :|

    Regardless of whether or not they say they’re planning to fix it… Thats O_O

  • Traingham

    Every time Chibi Yuna got smacked it felt like I was witnessing a crime in progress.

    • Abysswalker90

      The only crime here was that she wasn’t smacked enough.

  • meg

    i wonder if we get to control Reynn as well

    • Zeria

      Now it’s Reynn time!

      • meg

        what are you talking about?

  • MisterS

    Cant miss this game!

  • kokorozashii

    1. They specifically said the long loading time will be fixed, the game is still in development.

    2. For the most part they were explaining stuff mid battle so i suggest you don’t take this as the actual battle speed.

  • Victor Black

    Battle system looks good except physical attacks. I know that physical attacks looks like in classic FF games, but it will better if characters could run or walk while attack. Random battles? Damn, i expected visible enemies on the field like in Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 1,2 and 3.

    • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5

      I concur. A little bit too classic this time. No combos or specials. Seems like a mainly monster and spell driven game for kids and pre-teens due to the lack of complexity and therefore not for much wiggle room to experiment with custom tactics.

  • LustEnvy

    The battle system looks underwhelming. Gotta say the hype just faded away for me.

    And people think this kind of battle system should still be in AAA JRPGs? Crazy.

    • ShinGundam

      what you were expecting? It looks like classic turnbased gameplay.

      • Victor Black

        He expected AAA JRPG with battle system and graphics like in FFXV, lol

        • ShinGundam

          I would love to have a battle system like this with XV graphics just for change. There is too many low budget turn based.

          • Kenny

            Yeah, to be honest World of FF graphics look super good comparing to most recently turn based jrpgs, along with Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth and Persona 5 which also have great graphics for turn based jrpgs.

    • Victor Black

      Lol, AAA JRPG is waste of money. It will not sell like Call of Duty or GTA. AA is enough for this.

      • Kenny

        It still look AAA to me, maybe he asking too much lol

      • Yuntu

        Yeah that’s why SE already has 12 singleplayer-entrys and 1 more coming next year, because it’s a waste of money. Unless you mean this game with AAA JRPG.

    • Pastmaster

      Wild Arms 3 battle system is still intense and unique to this day. But instead of that crappy HEX system that ruined this series the next WA could take inspiration from the battle system in RoF. However, ATB of this old school style have played out it’s role.

    • mesul6anme

      Lost Odyessy called. Its said I’m Triple A JRPG wih turn based battle system that looked awesome in motion.

      • vishmarx

        and was a dread to play after 10hrs in….

      • LustEnvy

        The very last AAA turn based JRPG…8 years ago.

        Don’t get me wrong, I loved Lost Odyssey, JRPGs, and I love turn based games. However, it just does NOT work for AAA titles TODAY.

        Hell, the turned based battle system was the WEAKEST aspect of LO.

  • crackerjack145

    Love that super deformed cuteness !! This is awesome.

  • Quad Vesper

    damn this cute as scumon!

  • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5

    I like turn-based RPGs but this is too monster driven. I’d like it better if the monster were an option and not a must. It’s like FF13-2 or Symphonia’s sequel all over again. A average Joe and Jane summon monster they fight along side. I hope they have their own Limit Breaks or something because there are very few monster I’d want in my party.

    I mean if it was a summon that was always with you and talking and adding to the story that’d be something. But monster never have an opinion on anything. With them never speaking or showing any defining traits it’s like random battle 2000 is the same as Boss Battle 55. And it’s even worst when they don’t add to a conversation in a town or before a battle. SMH. If the story isn’t good, I’m passing on this.

  • ONISU

    Yuna looks like she has turned to the dark side.

  • I am gundam

    Ow yis atb

  • I am gundam

    The only thing I hate here is no running animation in battle like wtf even chaos rings had those

  • Syltique

    The maps look as linear as FFXIII. But I doubt anyone will complain about it because they can be Cloud.

    • ShinGundam

      haha …

    • Pastmaster

      Was there even a world map in XIII? Kinda worries me Toriyama is the director of the new Parasite Eve.

      • ShinGundam

        He is talking about level design not worldmaps even then most of worldmaps in JRPGs are pretty linear for narrative reasons.

      • http://creative-joseraph.tumblr.com/ JosephSeraph

        N NEW PARASITE EVE?

    • Kenny

      I see no one talk about XIII being linear here so stop bringing up all this BS.

      • Syltique

        I can bring up whatever I want, thanks. And you’re not a moderator. Nothing about my comment is offensive, it’s a simple point I’m making. If you don’t like it, move along.

    • mesul6anme

      GR8 B8 M8. I R8 8/8

  • PhoenixAutomatic

    Graphics wise it’s beautiful, combat wise I am liking this a lot. It seems like WoFF and Ikenie are gonna be great!

  • mesul6anme

    So no enemy on the field before battle. And the battle system looked boring. At least do something interesting like Bravery Defualt, or at least play with the animations and make them look “Flashy”

    • Pastmaster

      They have gone too old school with this. Looks a bit stale after the demonstration.

    • ShinGundam

      I don’t think BD is much different or flashy.

      • mesul6anme

        I meant the mechanics of bravery default. (bravey/default).
        The “flashy” part is just another point of making it look less boring.

        • ShinGundam

          I think this is an issue in most of Square games(turnbased and action). Attack animations usually lack impact and satisfaction feel from hits.

          • Yuntu

            That’s why I liked the Armiger (was it called that?) so much in Episode Duscae, it felt so fucking powerful to port around and slash enemys with those amazing looking swords – hopefully they get the framerates fixed than this move will be amazing.

  • vishmarx

    looks okay for an AA cutesy game….
    but do you see why xv and vii cant get turn based combat now?
    those games probably cost upwards of a $100mn . A combat system like this isnt for the masses anymore

    • mesul6anme

      This is the same argument that companies used when it came single player only. They kept on saying that a triple A game can’t be single player only when clearly it was wrong. Comparing Turn Base RPGs to action based is flawed to begin with. Its like comparing a racing game to shooter. Don’t me wrong. I’m actually happy that FFXV and FFVII re turned out to be action based. But thats because I like action based game more, not that turn based games are boring or an unappealing.
      Bravey Default. XCOM and so many more did fine with turn base battle.

      • vishmarx

        and im not saying turn based is boring or unappealing, but those that do find it appealing are considerably fewer than those that prefer arpgs

        • Zeria

          Are they? FF has its roots in turn-based gaming, and there is no shortage of Pokemon fans out there. Maybe the turn-based fans just aren’t quite as vocal. I wouldn’t assume they were fewer just because they’re not speaking up.

          …for the record, I have no preference between turn-based or real-time; I tend to go on a game-by-game basis. I just wanted to make that point is all.

          • vishmarx

            pokemon, has become more like a big fat cult. they take its by the numbers gameplay way too seriously than it was ever intended.

            • Zeria

              Whilst I can see your point, I think you’re being a little harsh. FF has more than its fair share of cult behaviour – ask which one is the best and why and you’re liable to start a war! – and as for intent…well, if it wasn’t intended to be taken that seriously, why are there national tournaments for it? Why were mechanics like that put in there in the first place on top of the standard turn-based mechanics at all, if not to be exploited by the players?

              People play how they want to play, that’s all. Just because THEY take things to extremes doesn’t stop YOU from enjoying them. Who really cares about what the masses want or don’t want, or like and dislike?

    • ShinGundam

      Honestly, I wish Square take action gameplay more seriously. You know I want them to raise degree of action their games cause what they are doing now is just scratching the surface from mechanics standpoint.

      • http://creative-joseraph.tumblr.com/ JosephSeraph

        yeah, either do action properly or don’t.
        But SE has done nice action RPGs before, it’s just it was before the turning of the millenium even. (The Mana series)

        • ShinGundam

          I wouldn’t say Mana series is an example of doing action properly at all especially SNES games. I think it is obvious with percentage mechanics and a lot of pauses that slows combat pacing.

          I would say it wasn’t up until now where things got a bit better as they start outsourcing to more competent studios like CC2, platinum and team ninja.

          Only issue is probably with their mindset that if they held back degree of action the game magically will be more strategic or improve user experience . If only they will realize that is not the case at all. I expect they will make huge improvement over what they have now.

    • Yuntu

      I think it is still for the masses, but it is the wrong thing to do when you want new players to enjoy your old franchise. And that’s probably why they made XV action-based, to get new fans. I know many people that never played FF because the gameplay wasn’t appealing to them and now they are curious about XV.

      And I wouldn’t be surprised if XVI goes a little bit back to the roots.

    • Pastmaster

      It doesn’t make any sense today. It’s very hard to design a turn-based combat with AAA production. AA production like Persona and Wild Arms still fits turn-based at best.

      • vishmarx

        yeah…

        • Pastmaster

          I’m curious to see how well the combat system works in the PS4 version of DQXI. I think they have modernize it a bit compared to 3DS version.

  • dunno

    Hopefully 2016 also means 2016 for the west.

    • Sneeze

      Probable, if not, it would’ve been meaningless to reveal it on this year E3.

  • Zeria

    I foresee this being simple, cute, trashy old-school fun…which will probably make it more enjoyable for me than either FFXV or the FFVII remake. It’s funny that Square Enix only seem to succeed when they DON’T try so hard to impress and appeal to this weird idea they have of what their fans want out of their games.

    And…”Reynn”? What a buncha jokers!

    • mesul6anme

      That what bugs me. They put little to no effort in making they’re turn based games more than decent. And when a game does poorly they site the battle system as the problem. -_-

      • Zeria

        The effort should come through an involving story and engrossing cast of characters; you can only do so much with a turn-based system…or an ATB system. It’s all been done before. It doesn’t need to be wading in complexity or originality in gameplay if it has a fantastic plot, at least, not in my opinion.

        • mesul6anme

          Couldn’t agree more

    • ShinGundam

      My favorite FF games are FF7,8,9 and 10
      Almost all of them are type of try hard to impress players. In fact, I think SE should impress players cause they have been playing it very safe these days.

      • Yuntu

        That’s what FF always was for me, the one franchise that never fails to impress me. The one franchise that always trys something new.

        • ShinGundam

          Same here, it is not like FF has anything else to attract users. They aren’t challenging and difficult games like SMT and Dark Souls nor are open-ended RPGs like a lot of western RPGs.

          • Pastmaster

            SMT is AA like Persona. Not a good comparison. I’m still on the fence when it comes to the battle system in the PS4 version of DQXI. No way it’s gonna be like 3DS version, that would be stale for a AAA.

            • Yuntu

              Yeah I’m also really curious what they are going to do with DQXI on the PS4.

          • http://creative-joseraph.tumblr.com/ JosephSeraph

            Uhhh… linearity attracts players too?

      • Zeria

        The problem is when they try, they fail. FF has been very much a case of style over substance for the last few generations, and whenever they try and impress it’s always through visuals, rather than gameplay or story.

        Maybe I’ve just become jaded, but I like lower quality visuals – it means they’ve probably put some effort into making the game fun, for a change.

        • ShinGundam

          Lowering quality of visuals won’t improve mechanics, make interesting level design and deep combat mechanics. It just means low quality visuals. WoFF looks like an upscaled Vita game yet combat and level design looks basic. Story is like bedtime story with FF cameos.

          Another good example is XIII-2 and LR, both have lowered graphics and attention to detail yet the story in both ended up flat. Level design is pretty much basic and same goes to combat.

          • Zeria

            It doesn’t always follow suit, no, but alarm bells start going off in my head at least when visuals are all games coverage focuses on pre-release: it usually means that is all there is to the game. If they’re not keen to show off innovative or interesting gameplay, it’s probably not there at all.

            Maybe WoFF isn’t exactly inspiring confidence that it’ll be something amazing at the moment, but I still think it has more potential to be more enjoyable than XV or other Square Enix games that are all about visuals and little else. Square Enix seem to see high quality visuals and a good story/gameplay as mutually exclusive things these days. Since WoFF obviously won’t be winning prizes for its visuals anytime soon, I have hopes it’ll be simple fun or have an entertaining plot, albeit not memorable one. Funny can be good too, and cameos aren’t necessarily a BAD thing…Dissidia was alright. Lots of people like Kingdom Hearts, too. I guess it’s a case of expectations: theyr’re not trying to raise them with this game, and that’s fine with me.

            XIII-2 and LR were more or less the same as XIII, and that was a style over substance game. They could have made them both look better, yes. But they could have made them look a lot worse, too.

    • Zuhri69

      It’s “Reynn” time!!

  • Junior Silva

    this game is much better than I thought, no doubt I will buy it

  • Yuntu

    Exactly what I wanted from this game, a simple JRPG with classical gameplay.

  • ivanchu77

    Really apreciate this game exists, after the huge departure from the series that FF 15 where the main group is a realistic looking pretty guys , and all that industrial look and action battles instead of turns….basically if they didn´t call it final fantasy nobody would have guessed it was a final fantasy game

    so yeah, it was nice to see something that reminds me what final fantasy supposed to be and have at least, loving the classic and retro vibe it gives ^_^

    • Yuntu

      While this is offtopic, even with just a project name I would have instantly called that FF15 (or V13) is a FF. It’s really obvious. Not like FF15 is the first with a realistic look to it, that goes down to FF7.

  • Rain

    Random encounters -___- hell no
    And i really hope that loading screen time between battles is a joke. Battles should come up immediately, not after a dozen seconds.
    They should spice up the battle system too, it’s way too vanilla and basic.

    • Yuntu

      I kinda trust them to bring short loadscreens, especially on the PS4. I mean they even said that this isn’t the final for the release in terms of loading time (as in stated in this article).

    • Unretributed

      Did you even read the article?

  • Kamina

    So far the only thing I don’t like are the loading times for battles. Also the game look beautiful

  • Saddio

    Looks cool. This can work. Will buy for Vita.

    • toogoodforu

      One of five copies sold worldwide, congrats.

      • Kenny

        Vita hate… again…

        • Unretributed

          If stupid people didn’t say stupid shit all the time, how else would they let people know that they’re stupid?

      • Unretributed

        Oh wow, you’re so funny and cool! I bet everybody just LOVES to be around you! I wish I could be as cool and witty as you are!

      • Saddio

        Most of my gaming is done on a mobile platform (Laptop/3DS/Vita). So… thanks I guess? ^_^;

        • donkey3

          What did he say?

          • Saddio

            Usual Vita snark. I would quote but I think the comment was removed by a mod. So out of respect…

      • moreover

        The funniest thing about your post is how it’s so stupid that you had to upvote yourself lol

      • oldgameswerebetter

        so sad you had to upvote yourself.

  • badmoogle

    This game looks so adorable it melts my heart. :p

    Loading times are indeed way too long though.They need to shorten them A LOT.

    Also from what it looks we can’t move the camera when exploring which kinda sucks for me.Otherwise i love everything else.

    • Kobracon

      Dude mentions ‘Please excuse the load times, its still in development’ in JP so hopefully its significantly improved come launch.

      • badmoogle

        Yeah that’s why i said “indeed”.:p I’m almost sure they will improve them the question is how much.Because as it is right now it’s terrible.

  • LivingHam

    Every time I see gameplay of this it makes me angry that I am not playing it right now.

  • Mark Lengod

    Their bodies could be larger. It would be cute anyway.

    Something like this

    http://pt.playstation.com/media/hSz5gWMm/FatPrincessPSPHero_vf2.JPG

  • makubexnas

    KAAWWAAIII EEE !!!

  • https://twitter.com/kagamiwaseda haruneru

    lol, you can see my face in the stream near the front row. i also made it to round three of the rock paper scissors…never been so close before…

    i also ran into ayachi after the stage event in the hallways, which was absolutely amazing.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    tfw when localized ppl will bash this game and saying “pokemon rip off”

  • Renaldi Saputra

    btw lol all these complaints about being turn based are funny
    most of you hated FF being turn based yet you still play pokemon for long which is still turn based until now (main series)

    • http://elchromahscastle.tumblr.com/ El Chromah

      After they make games action based a bunch of people will say they hate how rpgs are going action based and need to go back.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        western FF fans demanding too high, they nowadays want every FF more action-ish and starting to hate the old-school nostalgic system

        no wonder SE is in heavy dilemma

        • http://elchromahscastle.tumblr.com/ El Chromah

          It’s because square enix changes their battle systems to often. The Persona series and tales series are consistent and build upon the same system with each game. While FF scraps things and make new battle system from scratch.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            tales series? consistent? I don’t think so nowadays.
            I think it’s just that FF western fanbase are mostly stereotypical gaming fans that only go through globalization. The others are only large niche fanbase.

            Actually so many series that changed the battle system often, not only FF

            • http://elchromahscastle.tumblr.com/ El Chromah

              The only one that was different was graces

              • Renaldi Saputra

                zestiria?

                • http://elchromahscastle.tumblr.com/ El Chromah

                  That was in between the usual and graces

                  • Renaldi Saputra

                    but, still, it’s different. Also Shining series did this too, Ar Tonelico, etc

    • Zeria

      You can’t please everyone…the problem is Square Enix keep trying to, and people who were pleased by one game automatically assume the next game will please them too, and heaven help us all if it doesn’t.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        indeed, but the irony, most of them played the old-school classic ATB system and liked it. They now hated their very happy childhood with FF

    • gulabjamal

      And this is the reason why they’re not going to make FF7 Remake turn-based, which is the correct move given the times and expectations for the series, and yet people complain then too.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        I can understand Square doesn’t wanna disappoint western fans so they adapt with them, but, well, the dilemma is very high

    • ayanami-chan

      wut fools are complaining about the gameplay

      • Renaldi Saputra

        some many ppl that wished it an action RPG

        • http://creative-joseraph.tumblr.com/ JosephSeraph

          they should just *sigh* go play ff7 remake *sighs of disgust*

        • ayanami-chan

          well that’s too bad for them

    • Zackasaur

      I like turn-based.

      I like impressive real-time systems better. I don’t like weak real-time systems, though.

      *shrug*

      I think there is plenty of room for both, but SE should obviously do what they’re already doing: Let turn-based excel in lower budget projects like World of FF, Setsuna, and Bravely– and wow us with groundbreaking real-time in the uber budget stuff like KHIII, FFXV, and FFVIIR.

      I also like how FF is always pushing new turf while DQ is left very simple and old-school. It really differentiates the mother and father JRPG series.

      • Jay

        I prefer having both combat styles in AAA for variety reasons. I wish they would’ve kept FF turn based, and had KH alternating in for more action. Or even added a new franchise, because we know how long KH mainline takes to release.

  • http://elchromahscastle.tumblr.com/ El Chromah

    Tokyo GameShow/Jump Festa>>>> E3 IMHO

    • Renaldi Saputra

      anytime

    • tom

      For me, TGS/JUmp festa>>>>>>>> Gamescom,LOL

  • CRiSTALYZERx

    HOLY SHIT IT’S SO PRETTY
    //dead//

  • http://elchromahscastle.tumblr.com/ El Chromah

    This forest reminds me of Malacania.

  • http://elchromahscastle.tumblr.com/ El Chromah

    Can anyone tell me if there is any local/online multiplayer?

  • CRiSTALYZERx

    Can I get a dollar every time the girl says “Sou desu-ne”?

    • Phil

      No you can’t. You can wait until Christmas to open your presents like everyone else.

    • Duo Trio Dio

      There’s a woman that says that in every type of gameplay preview, from japan. If I had a dollar for everytime a girl said that I’d be able to book a flight to japan.

  • Jinathin

    yup, will buy it for vita day 1

    • Hailey

      Yup, I’ll buy it for PS4 day 1

    • Davis Arend

      ps4 day one

    • Zackasaur

      Both, day one. :D

    • iamakii

      Me too!

  • Quad Vesper

    not gonna buy it……………….














































    but will buy it day 1 if localized :X

    • Yuntu

      It will be localized, you can even already pre-order it. Will also have physical for Vita and PS4 as far as I know. There’s a reason SE announced it at E3.

      • Quad Vesper

        owh i will!!!

    • Zackasaur

      It got announced for the west at E3. c;

  • gulabjamal

    They really make the girl commentators act like bimbos every time. All they do is agree with what’s being said or give a very enthused “kawaii” or “kowai”.

    • Zuhri69

      It’s quite annoying but then again, who am i to judge.

  • vertical09

    Not a big fan of the blur effect everywhere.
    Other than that this game is a first day for me. It honestly looks very fun

  • Cyberjin

    Finally a Final Fantasy with turnbased combat

    • LustEnvy

      Bland looking battle system. It confirms that these sorts of battle systems don’t belong in big titles anymore.

      • Cyberjin

        nah that’s just your opinion. Sure turnbased isn’t as common on bigger games because they have to appeal to the mainstream / casual gamers today.

        • Jay

          Agreed 👍

        • Essain Liniar

          Turn base was the norm in the past and FF has sold millions of copies. That is a false claim that mainstream only loves real time. I am glad more titles are moving away from turn base since it’s an outdated system and real time is objectively superior.

          Do I think all games should not be turn base? Of course not, there is room for both. But don’t think for a second that it’s better.

          • Cyberjin

            I didn’t claim that the “mainstream only loves real time”. I said Square wants to appeal more to the Mainstream / casual market. They want hit another target group that isn’t the hardcore fans.

            “real time is objectively superior”, “…But don’t think for a second that it’s better” – lol wut,
            that’s clearly your opinion, but you can’t deny the that top jrpg / best selling jrpg are turnbased.

            • Essain Liniar

              ” I said Square wants to appeal more to the Mainstream / casual market.”
              Which is implied to only be games featuring real time combat, otherwise, if it was Turn based you wouldn’t have said this.

              “turnbased isn’t as common on bigger games because they have to appeal more to the mainstream / casual gamers today.”

              1. Old core fans of gaming and even FF fans in general like that FF is trying something new and moving away from turn base combat since it was a system created for the limited hardware at the time.

              2. You imply that real time is mainstream or casual since you said SE is trying to appeal to the mainstream, this can only mean the mainstream loves real time. If you don’t think this way, learn to word your sentences better. Because this just shows that you have no idea of what you are talking about. Games back then in the SNES era also had real time combat RPGs:

              Star Ocean

              Seiken Densetsu

              Tales of

              Ys

              and so on.

              “”real time is objectively superior”, “…But don’t think for a second that it’s better” – lol wut,

              The latter part was refering to turn base. “Don’t think for a second that it’s better than real time.

              “that’s clearly your opinion, but you can’t deny the that top jrpg / best selling jrpg are turnbased.”

              Wrong, it’s not an opinion. Real time has more gameplay than turn base. Real time even has more depth. In real time, you have to take in your surrounding, see where the enemies are positioned, you have to know from where to attack, watch out for incoming attacks, knowing when to retreat, etc. And that’s just positioning, never mind combat, the different amount of combos that you think you could do before the enemy attacks, counter-attacking, knowing when to block and much much more. Not only does it take more skill, but you are actively and re-actively participating in many evolving battles. This is in contrast to turn base which is selecting moves from a menu while having no control whatsoever of your forces movements.

              Sure, the mainstream loved turn based RPGs since it was the main thing back then, but not anymore. I am glad we moved on.

              • awesome01

                “Wrong, it’s not an opinion. Real time has more gameplay than turn base.
                Real time even has more depth. In real time, you have to take in your
                surrounding, see where the enemies are positioned, you have to know from
                where to attack, watch out for incoming attacks, knowing when to
                retreat, etc. And that’s just positioning, never mind combat, the
                different amount of combos that you think you could do before the enemy
                attacks, counter-attacking, knowing when to block and much much more.
                Not only does it take more skill, but you are actively and re-actively
                participating in many evolving battles. This is in contrast to turn base
                which is selecting moves from a menu while having no control whatsoever
                of your forces movements.”

                It’s an opinion. “More gamplay” is subjective. If “doing more things in a span of X minutes” is what gameplay is defined as then your claim might hold water. However, that’s your definition of gameplay and not everyone adheres to it as the standard defintion. Some gamers like slowly paced strategy games that offer them more “gameplay” than pressing more buttons.

                If you like ARPGs, great. However, by your own admission you should know that both sub-genre of RPGs(turnbased and action) have coexisted for decades now. So why is it that suddenly ARPG is deemed more “superior”? Think about it. Technology wasn’t holding games like FF or DQ from becoming action oriented. If that was the case, why would Square release the Mana series known for its action combat but deliberately hold Final Fantasy back with its “primitive” turnbased battle? Hint: Because there was and still is a market for both genres and it has NOTHING to do with technology.

                I’m a fan of both genres so it saddens me when people spread this nonsense notion that turnbased games have no room in today’s market anymore. FFX was the last PURE, non-ATB system Final Fantasy yet it sold millions of copies and was better received than its more flashier sibling FFXIII. So you’re telling me that suddenly SE thought, “Nah, this isn’t working. Let’s scrap this and use Kingdom Hearts battle system for everything because clearly this is the future even though Persona 3 and 4 are selling like hotcakes.”

                Think about it.

                • Essain Liniar

                  “It’s an opinion. “More gamplay” is subjective. If “doing more things in a span of X minutes” is what gameplay is defined as then your claim might hold water. However, that’s your definition of gameplay and not everyone adheres to it as the standard defintion. Some gamers like slowly paced strategy games that offer them more “gameplay” than pressing more buttons.”

                  What you are doing is mental gymnastics, and probably getting depth wrong.
                  Gameplay is full control of your avatar doing your will/freedom of action to overcome the challenges that are presented to you by the game. No, a visual novel does NOT have gameplay, no movie-esque games ala Heavy Rain, Beyond, etc does not have good gameplay. The game already plays for you. I already gave you objective facts why real time is superior.

                  >If you like ARPGs, great. However, by your own admission you should know that both sub-genre of RPGs(turnbased and action) have coexisted for decades now. So why is it that suddenly ARPG is deemed more “superior”? Think about it. Technology wasn’t holding games like FF or DQ from becoming action oriented. If that was the case, why would Square release the Mana series known for its action combat but deliberately hold Final Fantasy back with its “primitive” turnbased battle? Hint: Because there was and still is a market for both genres and it has NOTHING to do with technology.

                  ARPGs and Turn Based RPGs are not sub-genres. They are combat systems. RPGs are NOT determined by their combat systems, RPGs are games where you are free to go on your own adventure and your actions determine how that world reacts to it, how you can influence it by your actions and how you can change the story, which also has character growth/progression.

                  ARPGs or RTRPGs have always been superior. You wanna get technical? I’ll get technical. Contrary to popular beliefs, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy are not true RPG in the sense of how it was envisioned in the Pen and Paper RPG of old, they are an interpretation from Japanese developers in the ’80s when they got influenced by Wizardry and Ultima and other D&D games/tabletop(The majority of the developers from Japan got influenced by something in the West, since Western/European media and culture was so new to them) and changed to be basically casual games for a Japanese audience. JRPGs was not a term that existed back then, it was a term created in the early 2000s/maybe late ’90s by a bunch of media “journalists” in the West. Those “JRPGs” were actually called Light RPGs since it contained light features and elements from real D&D RPG system. What “JRPGs” are, in fact, is what is called a themepark or linear narrative/story games. You can’t change the story nor make decision based on choices presented nor is there consequences to your decisions or the world reacting/changing to it. Which to be honest, narrative wise they weren’t that good, Japanese games aren’t really known for their well written games. They are all full of plot holes and narrative inconsistencies.

                  Final Fantasy was held back because Final Fantasy in it’s inception was created for the casual audience and it had already found a demographic. Why would Square at the time, not keep making more turn based games when they were especially making big money from the casual market? The core gamers would have easily preferred Real time since it also challenges reflex and skill, something the casual audience at the time didn’t like. They liked slow paced games, again, made for the mainstream audience. The reason the combat system has changed, it’s because while there are some old die hard FF fans still playing the games, the casual audience has moved on and industry standards has changed.

                  Yes, Technology was holding back Real Time, are you seriously going to compare Seiken to the amount of detail and depth the combat system of Dragon’s Dogma has? Heh, come on man.

                  Seiken was created to capitalize on the core audience at that time.

                  “I’m a fan of both genres so it saddens me when people spread this nonsense notion that turnbased games have no room in today’s market anymore. FFX was the last PURE, non-ATB system Final Fantasy yet it sold millions of copies and was better received than its more flashier sibling FFXIII. So you’re telling me that suddenly SE thought, “Nah, this isn’t working. Let’s scrap this and use Kingdom Hearts battle system for everything because clearly this is the future even though Persona 3 and 4 are selling like hotcakes.”

                  I’m a fan of both, don’t know what you are getting at or if you don’t have the reading comprehension. Both can exist, I PLAY BOTH and will play Persona 5. But real time is superior and I’m glad more games are getting real time.

                  FXIII also sold millions despite being a bad game, and most people play FF for the story and characters more than the combat system. What is the first thing to pop in your mind when talking about FFVI? Kefka. FFVII? Cloud, Sephiroth, Aerith, Tifa. FF8? Squall and Sorceress. FFX? Tidus, his relationship with his father, Yuna. Not, turn base or ATB.

              • Pax Humana

                Finally, someone here makes some actual sense!
                Sincerely,
                An RPG Gamer since 1995

  • someguy

    So… The FF characters will be like “summons” and not playable?

  • rockman29

    That… actually looks pretty awesome.

  • ayanami-chan

    This is like a love letter to old school FF fans… sort of

  • Zackasaur

    This looks about as awesome as expected! I’m looking forward to messing with the stacking mechanics.

    I’m glad I pre-ordered physical copies for both PS4 and Vita!

    • ayanami-chan

      are they available for the US

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        Yep, it’s physical for both in the US and in Europe!

        • ayanami-chan

          SE isn’t all bad

      • Zackasaur

        They are! You can pre-order them at every major game retailer I have checked, as well as on the SE Online Store.

        • badmoogle

          I haven’t pulled the trigger yet beause i’m waiting to see if they’ll offer a collector’s edition!
          Either way i’m definitely getting this (for PS4) on day 1 CE or not.

          • Zackasaur

            I will switch for a CE. c:

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee Evil Ascendant

    My, cute and pretty at the same time.

    Alright, double dip for both the Vita and PS 4 version it is.

    • MisterS

      if i am lucky i will have time when it is out and i can get it on vita.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee Evil Ascendant

        Cross-Play suits me as I’m only on my home consoles for brief periods of time :(

        • MisterS

          You poor little guy :(
          I love playing on consoles, but same here, no time..

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee Evil Ascendant

            H-Hey, I’m not that little!

            My mother just wants the tv sometimes, so then I’m off to the Vita. But it’s also good for when I go out, as well.

            • MisterS

              ok XD

              can you give me a link to your chapter titles?

              • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee Evil Ascendant

                I can’t be arsed…so I’ll just re post them. I’ll also leave a little note with each one

                Chapter One – A Bright New Start For All! – A play on words with the final chapter, working off of the final chapter.

                Chapter Two – Small Steps, Big Leaps – The setting is established by this point.

                Chapter Three – Case Zero – The first case, but nothing to do with @Zero lol

                Chapter Four – The Night brings a New Meaning – Advancement of the plot, and the introduction of a main character in the main series.

                Chapter Five – Red Night – Can’t give anything away, spoilers. Hint: Grizzly.

                Chapter Six – Lunch of a Midnight Snack – Related to the previous chapter, and the name is another play on events.

                Chapter Seven – The Case Closed. . .? – Conclusion of current events, moving towards the end.

                Chapter Eight – Point of Conclusions – The beginning of the end, and the books final.

                Chapter Nine – A Dark Old End For Some… – The final chapter which sets up the next volume, and the start of the series as this is the prequel for future events. The name is a play on words in comparison to the first chapter.

                Epilogue – My– No, “Our” Most Precious Memory – The name is ties into the events of the final chapter, and is named after one of my favourite songs from Angel Beats!: Ichiban no Takaramono, which means My most precious treasure in Japanese.

                • MisterS

                  Your finale arc is intrigueing.
                  Like your reference to angel beats.

                  • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee Evil Ascendant

                    It fits the epilogue very actually, as it’s tied to the closing events of the book.

                    Just as a note, keep in mind that the “main” cast of this book are only the main cast for this book alone. The main series will focus on different characters, however those present in this book will still be about in the background.

                    While not on page, they are still working with their own stuff.

                    • MisterS

                      Do you have facebook?

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee Evil Ascendant

                      No, my opinion on FB is the same as the guy who made Minecraft: It’s creepy :p

                      Gematsu, Xbox, PSN and Skype are my vices sir:)

                    • MisterS

                      but i need to chat with you T.T

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee Evil Ascendant

                      PSN? :p

                    • MisterS

                      its not so fluid..

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee Evil Ascendant

                      Fluid? Is the voice chat not good on PSN? I know it’s sad but I’ve yet to use it :(

                    • MisterS

                      i meant the normal chat with writing and stuff actually XD

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee Evil Ascendant

                      Oh, well, as I’ve said there’s PSN lol

                      I’ve always liked voice chat more tbh :)

                    • MisterS

                      well we can try it then^^

            • Pax Humana

              I have a solution for you…buy another TV…problem solved.

              • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheViledinner?feature=mhee Evil Ascendant

                Oh dude, old comment man. I got a beautiful 40″ now man, and she has my old one all to herself :)

  • MisterS

    Let the moogle domination start! :3

    • badmoogle

      !!!

      • MisterS

        i already like you bc of your name :D

  • badmoogle

    Am i the only one who wants SE to release mini figures of all the characters and eons (chibi versions)?

    • Zackasaur

      Nope, count me in!

    • Satoshi Ookami

      Count me too =D
      Would love Ena the most actually =D

    • Duo Trio Dio

      I bet they will.

    • AceZero

      They better be. I will buy chibi Squall and chibi Bahamut in a heartbeat

    • Rodrigo

      Look it up cause there is already [Final Fantasy Trading Arts Mini], it comes in a blind box with 5 options Cloud, Sephiroth, Squall, Lightning and Ace. I don’t know if it is available outside japan though.

  • http://psi-star-draws.tumblr.com/ Psi-Star

    I’m cracking up at the idea of them just punting Yuna offscreen

  • V-Angelus

    so its like the battle system of FFX. nice.

    • http://psi-star-draws.tumblr.com/ Psi-Star

      More so like iv-ix with the whole ATB going on

    • Silent Nyan

      FFX is using a Charge Turn Base system (CTB) while this one uses Active Time Battle (ATB) So no. It’s not like FFX but more like FFX-2

      • Zackasaur

        True, but X-2 is a bit of a special snowflake.

        This seems more conventional, like FFIV-FFIX, stacking and monster catching aside.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Looks fun but they took so long explaining here, made it more boring than it should have been. I like chibi Squall though. xD

    • Yuntu

      Yeah, they sure do like to explain stuff.

    • vertical09

      I notice that in a lot of these play sessions. They talk for like 5 mins straight while running circles around the same area, it’s so frustrating.

    • Kobracon

      Well its meant to be informative, just a shame that most ppl here don’t know Japanese XD. The systems he talk about sound really really cool.

      Splitting guys into 3 to do 3 attacks, but run the risk of getting killed coz inddividually, your health sucks.

      combining spells in combined form like ‘Fire+fire+fire = Firaga’.

      Shits cool!

      • Zackasaur

        See, that’s why we need subs!

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        That sounds cool. They should have just built like a more easy to watch tutorial build I feel like. They mostly were sitting there let the battle system on active pummel them forever. xD

        • Kobracon

          And just curing each other

      • Pax Humana

        Well, I would like a system that is like most Level 5 RPGs or at least how Final Fantasy XII/IJZE did with its Gambit System where you could assign tactics to people and they would carry them out until you changed them in the battle. Here is what I mean. Let us say that you have a person that is a tank and you assign them to a tank role, a healer into a healer mode, and a magic user into a magic user role. The magic user could just do as they please, they could go all out, they could give their all, and ditto for the healer or tank, and there could be more options for them to follow in the game.

        • Kobracon

          Sure thats fine for a real time RPG like FFXII had, but World of FF is turn based ATB. There are only 2 characters to order around and giving one AI would just be redundant.

          The challenge here would be giving orders to 2 characters as smartly and quickly as you can.

    • Zackasaur

      Yeah, I find myself skipping around these presentations a lot… Especially when they’re in a language I don’t speak fluently, anyway. :P

  • Zeref Dragneel

    Is there a stream out there that I can watch Jump Festa? Or has it ended? If so why do we keep getting these trailers all late and wrong lol
    And what happended to that FFVII Remake trailer we were supposed to get?

    • Yuntu

      I doubt they showed an actual new trailer.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Jump Festa is over.

      If you check our home page, we have an “Upcoming Events” section on the sidebar where we listed the Square Enix stream, which you can click through for the YouTube and Niconico links and our translated schedule of events.

      The Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer ran during the stream, but it was the same one that was shown at PSX15. Nothing new there.

      Not sure what you’re talking about when it comes to being all late and wrong? The World of Final Fantasy trailer came out as soon as Jump Festa opened (check a few posts down). This is a stage event they had for the game which was separate from the trailer. ;D

      • Zeref Dragneel

        I see, well thanks

      • Pax Humana

        So, you can switch between this “Chibi Mode” and a “Normal Mode” in this game, am I right? What are the differences between each mode, as in other than the appearances of the characters? Could you explain that to me, please? Thank you.

  • iamakii

    turn-based battle FTW!

  • AceZero

    OMG Chibi Yuna and Chibi Squall is ADORABLE so does that Behemoth.

    Oh the girl seem to be left-handed.

  • Zebimicio

    Nevert thought i would be impressed by a monstreer batlting version of FF,welp if monster hunter stories can convience me a fracnhise can be good by mimicking smt,then surely ff will be one of those goods lol

  • chroma816

    Definitely sold. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more adorable game.

  • Duo Trio Dio

    It’s like Final Fantasy X Pokemon. I’m In!

    • Adorabunny

      You mean like Final Fantasy 13-2?

      • Duo Trio Dio

        Never played any of the 13 games.

        • http://autofastgames.weebly.com/ Deeman777

          13-2 > 13 but that’s not saying much. So you played as 2 characters and you time traveled as Sarah (Lightning’s sister) and some random dude to try and find Lightning. In the game, you could recruit certain monsters to fill the 3rd party member slot and even have one monster eat another to gain abilities. Though there’s no real rhyme or reason to capturing a certain monster other than random chance of it wanting to join you. The monsters were usually broken down into certain categories: Healer, Physical Attacker, Magic Attacker, and Shield/Provoker. There’s more to it because Final Fantasy 13 has this whole new combat system that everyone hates, I’d have to explain that too which is pointless. 13-2 was a step in the right direction but then again, they shouldn’t of started off of 13.

  • DuskTaker7

    God no… random combats… I guess I’m not buying this one :(

    • Janek Lauritzen

      Someone never played a Final Fantasy game

      • Zackasaur

        There are FF games that don’t have random encounters. :P

        That said, I’m personally fine with it.

      • DuskTaker7

        This is not the 90’s. The last FF with random combats I played is Tactics and liked it a lot, but can’t play it anymore because of that. Also FF is not the only game with random combats, take rogue galaxy ie.

        • Pax Humana

          Then why not just quit playing video games, you butt hurt troll?

        • http://autofastgames.weebly.com/ Deeman777

          Sorry the 90s are the reason Final Fantasy is popular, if you can’t accept
          that, then you’re not a true fan of the series. Now that’s fine, but
          don’t go pretending you love Final Fantasy because a majority of the
          series is random combat encounters which I love. And you’re right, it’s not the 90s, because we’d be getting better games and music right now if it were.

  • Zielicious

    i prefer they move when they attacking, it looks boring otherwise

  • Svnjay

    Looks boring.

    • Pax Humana

      Yes, you are boring, thank you.

      • Svnjay

        Are you 12?

        • Charlie

          NOPE, and it still looks like fun, stop fucking complaining, if you don’t like it, don’t play it. Easy.

          • Svnjay

            Where did you read me saying that I’ll play it? No, it looks boring. That is my opinion, don’t be a fanboy.

            • Charlie

              Then why the hell are you commenting?

              • Svnjay

                I’m posting my opinion of the gameplay video, that’s what the comment section is for.

      • IcarusLives

        Oh how adorable, we have a fanboy in our midst. That’s why you’re responding to anyone who doesn’t think this is amazing.

  • Zackasaur

    My girlfriend squealed when she saw chibi Yuna. Yuna is her favourite! ♡

    • Shippoyasha

      Every characters looks adorable. I will be buying this solely on the cute factor. Gameplay does looks amazing though.

      • Zackasaur

        Squall looks incredible. xD

        • Shippoyasha

          whatever….

          • djvillan

            I’m a 40 year old gaming metal head. I’m going to look pretty ridiculous on the train playing this on my Vita with my typical hairy metal head image, but I don’t care, it looks adorable! And I defy anyone to tell me otherwise!

      • IcarusLives

        Yeah Square really knows how to market these things to gullible weeaboos.

        • Pax Humana

          Butt hurt and insecure much?

          • IcarusLives

            Butt hurt how? Cute response though.

        • Shippoyasha

          I am a pretty hardcore Final Fantasy too, just saying. But it’s nice for side games to have certain hooks. It’s not just the cuteness. It’s the whole motif of the gameplay and theme too.

  • bbarnavi

    The Desu is strong with this one.

  • An Tran

    This game looks better than I thought it’d be. Hopefully the Vita version will looks nice as well.

  • dhjin

    we’ve been waiting for FFXV for 10 years now. FFS squareenix get your sh*t together.

  • Michael Slesinski

    looks SUPER gay! should be huge considering the ps4 owner demographic.

    • http://www.mibreviews.com The Man in Black

      I didn’t see ANYTHING that looked like sex between two men in that video. So disappointing.

      • Michael Slesinski

        sex between 2 women isnt gay? no really this is an apple logo away from being “must have” homo-ware.

  • Bob Gibbs

    Japan is going through a ‘big headed mascot’ & a ‘tiny version of things’ popculture phase right now (again), so the corporate green light of this isn’t surprising. Just ignore it like the mmo, maybe they’ll start making non-sh#t games again.

  • Jay Badway

    Too bad its turn-based. Would have prefered it real-time. Still cute tho <3