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TGS 2010 Wrap-up: Highlights!

September 20th, 2010 by Tony Garsow

It looks like this year’s Tokyo Game Show has drawn to a close, and we at the FinalFantasy.net feel it necessary to brush up our viewers on the major events that transpired. So just in case you missed it, here’s the major Final Fantasy-related news that broke out of Tokyo Game Show 2010!

Tifa Lockhart joins the cast of Dissidia Duodecim.
Final Fantasy VII’s Tifa Lockhart becomes the third newest character to appear in Duodecim, along with the previously revealed Kain Highwind and Lightning. In the final moments of the closed theater trailer, she can be seen on the Lifestream stage with Sephiroth, questioning his identity. She appears in her original Final Fantasy VII attire. Hopefully we’ll hear more in the next Jump or Famitsu about the nature of her appearance!

More Duodecim information than you can shake a stick at.
Really, during TGS and the days preceding, we were inundated with information about Square-Enix’s follow up to the original title. To briefly summarize, here are the major new details we can expect from Duodecim:

It’s most likely a prequel set before the first game. Every character will return, and there will be many new characters added to the roster, not just three or four according to Nomura. Characters will have a new third outfit style and some characters will have downloadable outfits if you happen to purchase another Square-Enix PSP game. (Those who buy Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep -FINAL MIX- will get Cloud’s Kingdom Hearts outfit, and those who buy The 3rd Birthday will get an Aya Brea costume for Lightning.) Everything’s coming back. All characters, maps, summons, and music will be returning, and it seems as though you’ll be able to carry your old Dissidia file into Duodecim. New battle mechanics include an Assist System which allows players to briefly summon another character to attack their enemy; it correlates to the new orange bars below the health bar.

Fabula Nova Crystallis conference in January.
While TGS is a blowout for many new and upcoming titles, it looks like Versus and Agito will remain pretty mysterious until next year. Square-Enix announced that there will be a conference on January 11, 2011 that will reveal more information about the two titles. They promise not to be scant with the details, so we’ll likely see some information we can wrap our heads around at that time. Mark your calendars!

But hey, there was some Versus and Agito there!
The cam-quality footage is still lurking here and there on YouTube and around on the internet, but we did (as promised) get bona fide footage of Versus and Agito gameplay. There wasn’t much to say about Versus, we watched Noctis run through some environments including those we saw in a scan several months ago. He jumped from a cliff in a way to suggest that there will be a jumping mechanic in the game not similar to what was seen in Final Fantasy X-2 or XIII. In combat against a behemoth, Noctis launched his attacks from a specific position, leading some to believe that the battle system may not be 100% action-grade. Since the HUD was absent it led to even more speculation on what could be developing. Agito was a different story, and we definitely saw footage that spoke volumes. A world map, chocobo riding, and action-based combat were all confirmed in the footage (this writer feels it was particularly reminiscent of the PS1 Final Fantasy games, especially VIII). Buttons were mapped to the PSP’s buttons, and seems to confirm the fast-paced nature of the game (the battle director himself wants Agito XIII to have the “fastest ATB ever in a Final Fantasy game”).

And the minor yet necessary others…
We got a trailer for Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy Legends: Warriors of Light and Darkness; the latter has released in Japan as of this post, and the former is set to go live in a few days now. We also heard from Akitoshi Kawazu on SaGa 3 or Final Fantasy Legend III’s upcoming remake for the Nintendo DS where they showcased some artwork and gameplay screens.

And that looks like it sums Final Fantasy’s presence up quite nicely as far as TGS2010 was concerned. Do you think this year’s appearance was heightened by Duodecim’s new announcements or derailed by the Fabula Nova Crystallis conference announcement? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or visit our bustling forum!