To date, there are over 30 games that fall under the Final Fantasy umbrella with the long running Square Enix franchise being credited for the modern appreciation of the JRPG in the West. From the much loved classic Final Fantasy VII to the more recent Final Fantasy XIII, the series has garnered global attention since the 1980s making it all the more impressive that the role playing games have lasted so long, spanning so many console generations.
What is unfortunate though, is that although the Final Fantasy series does well in the West, due to its nature some games in the franchise are released exclusively in Japan and without localisation or relevant marketing outside of the territory, fans in English speaking countries miss out. Final Fantasy Type-0 is one such game but after enjoying a fair amount of sales as a PSP-only title since 2011 (the game has reportedly sold 800,000 copies), Square Enix has now announced that the game will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in the West later this year.
While it may seem unusual for Square Enix to release a localised remake of a game that few people outside of Japan had ever heard of, the support for Final Fantasy Type-0 outside of Square Enix’s founding country is actually incredibly strong. Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD explained that,
“The voice of our Western fans was instrumental in the development of FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0, and we’re very excited to release this title soon. The new PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One gaming and entertainment platform have really helped to re-envision this dynamic and turbulent world of Orience.”
In addition to a HD remaster of the formerly handheld-only game, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be next-gen consoles’ first foray into to world of the Final Fantasy Fabula Nova Crystallis mythos (which translates from Latin into “The New Tale of the Crystal”), in which important crystals and deities are intertwined. There are currently just six games that follow the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythos (including Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and the upcoming Final Fantasy: XV) with Final Fantasy Type-0 being the second in the series, so the low number of games perhaps explains why there’s been such a demand from Western gamers in the three years since the game’s release.
Other than the fact that the game will be released on consoles and that its graphics will look a little shinier, few things are known about the title. However, we do know that the story is based in a different universe to Final Fantasy XIII (which is also in the Fabula Nova Cyrstallis line) as it instead involves the setting of Orience as one country’s faction (Milites who control the Byakko crystal and its powers of science and weapons) launches an attack on the others (Rubrum, Lorica and Concordia who control the crystals for magic, knights and dragons, respectively) in an attempt to take them over.
The ‘Type-0’ in the title refers to Class Zero, 12 magic-endowed students from the Peristylium (academies that each faction has to research the powers of their crystal) of Suzaku who have to defeat Milites, discover the secrets behind the war for the crystals and, in typical Final Fantasy style, save the world.
Final Fantasy Type-0 uses a real-time, action-based battle system which looks as though it could translate very well to consoles, if gameplay of the PSP version of the game is to be believed. Not only that but those 12 students offer a good chance to mix up playstyles so despite all of said students coming from one academy, gameplay could still be a lot more varied than any of us would expect.
Square Enix is unfortunately staying quiet on the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD release date for now but you can expect more about the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One game soon.