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Final Fantasy Type-0 details in DPS

July 26th, 2011 by Tony Garsow

This week’s issue of Dengeki PlayStation had another wellspring of information on Final Fantasy Type-0, elaborating on some of the gameplay systems that will appear in the game that we had briefly seen in the Odaiba demo and in other forms of the game’s media. The interview involved the game’s director Hajime Tabata as well as the game’s art director Yusuke Naora. Here’s a summary of the information we’ve broken down below:

World:

■ The Nation of Concordia
Like the three other countries, Concordia has a Crystal and Peristylium of it’s own. The manifestation of Concordia’s Souryuu crystal is a great dragon who they revere as a queen. The Dragon Queen has a special relationship with Andoria whom was seen in the newest trailer. Concordia’s ruling class is comprised entirely of women, and it is said that they are a “petite” nation but adeptly wield spears or lances, some of which may resemble the traditional Dragoon job class from the Final Fantasy series. Five orders of knights protect the Souryuu Peristylium (loosely: “Five Star Guard Corps”), one of which Celestia belongs to. When compared to the other three countries of Oriens, Concordia is not as advanced from a military perspective, but they control the power of dragons as well as other monsters. Concordia is a country with a feeling of magic and fantasy.

Story & Characters:

■ Class Zero & A Story of War
Director Hajime Tabata makes a note that players should not consider any particular one of the Class Zero students the main character, and this goes for Machina and Rem as well, despite their special role beyond Class Zero. The narrative will be told from the group’s perspective and so it is best to not think of a main character, but the group as a whole. Special detail to the character has been added in gameplay to give them touches of flavor to their respective personalities. Tabata and the team have also worked hard to depict the game as a story of war and all the conflicting emotions that brings; they have also not shied away from showing images of violence and blood that are usually not present in the style that is normal for Final Fantasy. They imply that they must be careful with these scenes to send the right emotions.

■ Deuce (CV: Kana Hanazawa)
Deuce is the brown-haired girl that wields a flute in battle. She is very loyal to her duties at Class Zero, and she is kind-hearted and good-natured even if she can be a bit stubborn. It seems as if manipulating the pitch of her instrument will cause different effects in battle. Her special ability “Concerto” will create an opening in which you will be able to attack an enemy targeting her.

■ Seven (CV: Mayuko Aoki)
Seven is the young woman whom wields a sword-whip. While her expressions are somewhat cold she is kind and good-natured. It is because of this personality that she has won popularity with the underclassmen at the Suzaku Peristylium. Seven’s sword-whip is able to come apart and damage enemies at both close and long range. Her special ability “Catch” seems to ignore elevation differences between Seven and her enemies.

■ Jack (CV: Kenichi Suzumura)
Jack is the young man that has slicked-back hair and weilds a katana. He seems to always have a smile and is able to make wise-cracks easily. In dangerous surroundings he is encouraging his peers to take it easy. Jack’s play style is heavily involved with timed sword strikes, and his special ability “Surrender” is sort of a fake-out attack where he appears to surrender but then throws his weapon into an enemy.

■ Andoria (CV: Megumi Hayashibara)
Andoria is the princess of Concordia, and has a special relationship with the Dragon Queen (which is also the Souryuu crystal) through this role. She respects order and discipline and has a noble and fair spirit.

■ Celestia (CV: Nana Mizuki)
Celestia is from the nation of Concordia and is a member of the prestigious knighthood that protects the Souryuu Peristylium. She is very prideful of her nation.

■ Cadetmaster (CV: Masako Nozawa)
Director of logisitcs at the Suzaku Peristylium.

■ Commandant (CV: Kenji Utsumi)
Director of military affairs at the Suzaku Peristylium.

■ Provost (CV: Shigeru Chiba)
Director of academics and magical research.

■ Commissar (CV: Masako Ikeda)
Authority in charge of magic management.

Battle System:

■ Phantoma
Phantoma will play a large part in the game in the field and how your characters will progress and evolve their magic. When enemies are defeated, you can draw Phantoma from their corpses which comes in three colors: red, yellow, and purple. Doing this will restore your MP in different amounts depending on that color, but where Phantoma is really useful is the development of Class Zero’s magical assets.

■ Magic
The three main schools of offensive magic in Final Fantasy Type-0 are Fire, Blizzard, and Thunder spells. The spells themselves can be modified so that the function in very different ways although they are of the same element. They can be altered to have similar effects to shotguns, rifles, bombs, missles, and rocket launchers. Dengeki lists:

    SHG: Shotgun-type magic that is powerful at short range but fires in a wide shot with little range.
    RF: Long-distance magic with a narrow shot that shoots straight for the target.
    BOM: Powerful at close range and can be used to make quick work of swarming enemies.
    MIS: Homing magic that will chase after an enemy. At higher levels it will follow longer.
    ROK: Magic that is aimed over-the-shoulder. When it strikes it will deal damage to adjacent targets.

For example, the spell “Fire-RF” will function as a long-range “rifle” shot of fire.

■ Altocrystarium
Similar to Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Type-0’s Crystarium will serve as the basis for developing character skills. For magic, the article cites that to refine “Fire-RF” to a higher level of magical potency, six red Phantoma must be used. You will be able to alter the attributes of your magic such as: potency, MP efficiency, casting time, range of fire, and rate of fire.

■ Summon
Shiva takes the spotlight again here, here Dengeki details that some of her attacks are called “Icicle Dance” and “Chilly World”. If you summon Shiva while it is snowing, her elemental potency of ice is increased. Her special attack “Diamond Dust” will require several button inputs from the player as it a continuous or “combo” ability. Odin is also briefly mentioned, with one of his abilities being listed as “Iron Sword”.

■ Multiplayer
Nothing particularly new was revealed about the multiplayer component of Final Fantasy Type-0, but to further elaborate Tabata explained that this game’s multiplayer is played in brief sessions where you will replace a member of the other player’s party. If you would like to join someone else’s game you must do so from the game’s title menu suggesting that the character you control in battle may be independent of your save file’s version. Players who want others to join their game need only check an option in the game’s Configuration menu. You will also be able to stop players from entering your game through this option as well. Players will be able to earn a type of currency through successful play or completion of multiplayer sessions and objectives; this currency’s function will be revealed at a later time.

Active World Map:

■ A Hint of RTS
The students of Class Zero you control will be able to exit to the world map at their leisure between missions. The Active World Map mechanic will introduce ally and enemy units on the world map, and you’ll be able to issue orders to your comrades in Rubrum. There are elements of RTS games at work here, but Tabata shied away from calling them substantial and that it’s more of a basic approach rather than in-depth. You can view them as a sort of mini-game aside from the main campaign. If you should take control of or liberate a town, you will be able to shop there and perhaps at a discount.

■ Work In Progress
Director Tabata says the Active World Map in Final Fantasy Type-0 is extensive and resource intensive and that he and his development team are currently working on reducing the load times from where they currently are, harkening back to the PlayStation days of Final Fantasy to make the comparison. He does note that those who use the game’s Data Install feature will find the load times negligible.

Developer Comments:

■ A Long Time Coming
Final Fantasy Type-0 was first announced back in 2006 as Final Fantasy Agito XIII prior to January’s Square-Enix conference. Since the team was still deep into production of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, development did not begin until 2008. Up until that point, production had only created the trailer and various other visual concepts. The 3rd Birthday’s development put “Agito XIII” on the second rung for about a year until development began in earnest in 2009. Long-time Square-Enix art director Yusuke Naora joined the project with Yusaku Nakai in tow to handle character and monster designs.

■ You Get What You Pay For
Final Fantasy Type-0 will be on two UMDs as well as carry a pricier selling point. Despite this, Tabata reassures that the amount and quality of the content of this game will justify that price point.

Via: Sokuho

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  • Steven

    Now lets talk about the localization shall we ? This looks like too good to not share it with the west.

  • Aluminah

    Steven’s right…obviously.
    Awkward thing is, would the game really be around 90$ in the US?
    Every time I look at that price I sort of understand why they aren’t really considering anything yet…

  • Cody

    Why on earth, would this game not come out in the west.
    It’s too good. It’s sounds allot like some of the older FF titles that I loved growing up. And it’s not even for sure coming to the states ><!!!!

  • Jagd

    More awesome stuff for FF fans this week.

  • Tony

    Looking forward to playing on the Active World Map. :)

  • Aluminah

    @Cody

    Your feelings may be true, but that argument is rather shallow as Type-0 looks almost nothing like the old tales of fantasy.
    The initial premise for it is little more then that idea of a “teen-hyped anime” about a bunch of badass high school students who go around kicking some butt.
    As it bears the tittle Final Fantasy, I just expect it to have good music, good voice acting, good fantasy-like scenarios, good character development and a good ending too.
    But in no way am I expecting a FFIV (just an example)out of this game…
    Rather, I look at it as a new thing that I feel I’d enjoy playing.
    And if you genuinely think it’s like any of the old classics… Well, eh.

  • Cody

    @ Aluminah

    Nah, Don’t get me wrong, I never expect something that epic like FF4 for any of the next gen SE titles.
    However, Visually, to each his own.. The game in my opinion visually captures the generation of FF titles I am most familiar with, being FF7-FF10. You can say the whole the “anime” theme is apparent in almost all of those titles.
    But regardless, my comment was more directed to the frustration of it not coming to the west more than that anyway.

  • Aluminah

    @Cody

    Well, yes, that’s more or less a fact. Once Nomura stepped into Square the character design was the first thing to change which would later develop into the whole thing about characters with too many zippers and so on. But considering you’re talking about VII onward, then you actually sort of have a point there.
    And about the “anime feeling”, Type-0 is just really close to the premise in many hyped anime, more than any other title. I imagine you know what I mean since it is literally set on school-narrative with the cool kids savin’ the day, like I said earlier.
    That aside, I probably want to play this as much as you do and it really is quite the bummer to see SE being so disregarding about it.
    If it does come out, it will be the first 2UMD game in the West (I think).

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  • Cody

    @ Aluminah

    Yea, you look at versus 13, and you have again, extremely similar concepts from the ff7-10 era. Now, when it comes down to the game it’s self, I can only prey type-0 and versus 13 will bring the uplifting of FF back to where it should be. Cause 13 and 14 were really bad for the franchise.

    I’m actually surprised SE of all would actually even consider an FF tittle not to be released in the west. I mean how unfair is that ><