Square Enix reveals the opening cinematic for the chibi-inspired World of Final Fantasy and announces that a free demo of the game will be available October 17.
Final Fantasy XV and its November 29th release date may be what most RPG fans are waiting for, but diehard Final Fantasy players know there’s another major game in the franchise set to release in just a couple of weeks. World of Final Fantasy is the adorable chibi-inspired game that will be available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on October 25.
Now, Square Enix has some good news for anyone who is still torn about whether to pick up World of Final Fantasy with Final Fantasy XV also coming soon. The publisher announced that a World of Final Fantasy demo will be available next week on October 17. Square Enix also revealed the opening cinematic for the game, which can be viewed below.
Square Enix said playing through the demo will unlock a special item, called Magitek Armor P, in the full game. In addition, fans who pre-order the title will get the game’s Day One Edition, which grants access to a Japanese voice-over option and multiple in-game items, including an exclusive Sephrioth Summon, a white Chocobo, a Glow Moogle, and a red tonberry.
For the uninitiated, World of Final Fantasy tells the story of twins Lann and Reynn who are seeking to restore their lost memories. Our protagonists will run into many famous Final Fantasy characters along their journey, with fan favorites like Cloud and Lightning all rendered in a cute chibi art style. The game in some ways mirrors the format of Kingdom Hearts in the way it mashes together an original story with a ton of Final Fantasy nostalgia.
Taking a look at the new cinematic, it should be pretty clear in case it wasn’t already that this is not the typical Final Fantasy game or at least not what North American fans are used to. The entire introduction features a powerful ballad in Japanese with English subtitles. Any fan of Japanese anime should feel at home here. The song plays over roughly three minutes of cinematics from the game and a strong Kingdom Hearts art vibe is definitely detected on a lot of the close-up shots of Lann and Reynn.
This game clearly won’t be for everyone, but in an era where RPGs and all titles for that matter are often pushed to look more and more realistic, World of Final Fantasy appears to offer a nice change of pace. Square Enix’s decision to give players a sneak peek with a free demo may be exactly what this title needs to win over the longtime fans of Final Fantasy.
World of Final Fantasy releases October 25, 2016 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.