Final Fantasy Type-0 battle system detailed

This week’s issue of Dengeki magazine reveals a few new battle system details for Final Fantasy Type-0.

Players will form parties of three, utilizing weapons, magic and abilities to do away with enemies, and switch off between characters during battle. The platform’s face buttons (x, circle, triangle, and square) correspond to abilities. Using your abilities builds up your “Ability Gauge.”

Not all enemies are mindless creatures. You’ll encounter many types of enemies. Some will flee, some will surrender, and others can be conversed for new information. Each battle has a lead enemy, who if you kill first, ends the battle.

Each of the twelve playable characters has their own battle style. The magazine introduces those of three characters: Ace, Nine, and Queen.

More Type-0 screenshots at the gallery

Ace uses cards in battle, each with different effects, be it offensive or defensive. Some may even heal or create status changes. Shown in the magazine: “Fire ST” sends out a fast moving fireball at the enemy, and “Deck Open,” where Ace utilizes four cards.

Nine is a lancer. He utilizes a long lance, which he can swing around to destroy enemies, or use to perform a special jumping attack which damages enemies surrounding its landing point. He has combos, as well, one of which can send an enemy flying. His standard attack is called “Holy Lance.”

Queen is a swordsman and close-range attacker. Her standard attack is called “Mythryrl Saber.” One of her special attacks, called “Cross,” has Queen hold her sword to the sky, which then releases a light in the shape of a cross. This ability damages enemies and heals allies.

Outside of character-specific details, a magic spell called “Wall” is also shown in the magazine. This magic erects a wall of protection, blocking you from enemy attacks. After taking a certain amount of damage, the shield will fall.

Dengeki also revealed a few new bits about story. The twelve playable characters of Type-0 are students in Class Zero of Suzaku (also known as the Peristylium), the nation of Rubrum’s magic school. Each of the game’s four nations have their own Peristylium. Each also has a very fragile military balance that is broken when the nation Milites invades Rubrum, sending all four into war.

A Tonberry, as seen in Final Fantasy IX

Kurasame, the instructor of Class Zero, was once a skilled warrior himself. He was known as “death god of the ice blade.” A Tonberry accompanies him, though the magazine does not state its significance.

Finally, the issue reveals first voice actor details. Here’s the cast and their voice actors:

  • Ace: Yuki Kaji
  • Nine: Daisuke Ono
  • Queen: Ami Koshimizu
  • Kurasame: Takahiro Sakurai

Expect more Final Fantasy Type-0 details tonight. Famitsu, which leaks on Tuesday nights, will have coverage of the game, as well.

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