Square-Enix showcased a new extended trailer for Final Fantasy Type-O HD during a recent “Square-Enix Presents” stream. The trailer showcases not only some of the lovingly restored and remastered gameplay, but a lot of the gorgeous cinematics present in the release. A shorter version of the trailer will be airing in cinemas nationwide during the holidays in front of “the season’s biggest blockbuster films”.
The Final Fantasy series, through its ups and downs, still stands as one of the biggest franchises in all of gaming even if it does serve a more niche market than say your usual Call of Duty or Madden franchises. Type-0, originally released in 2011 in Japan on the Playstation Portable system, received a near perfect score from Famitsu. It was praised for its interesting new battle mechanics and a noteworthy story with high stakes and interesting characters. The game is a stark contrast to all those that came before it in the series, in that players fully assume the role of the characters in battle, taking an over-the-shoulder perspective and directly inputting attacks. The departure from the turn-based style of combat so familiar to fans was a breath of fresh air to Japanese consumers.
Square-Enix describes Type-0 HD briefly:
Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighboring Empire. Using the powerful abilities and magic of all fourteen characters in fast-paced action RPG combat, players must face the brutality and injustices of war to uncover the secrets of its genesis.
The game, conceived by director/writer Hajime Tabata, was originally going to be apart of the dual Final Fantasy XIII release subtitled Agito. It was repackaged as a separate game but never saw a stateside release despite clamoring from fans to do so. That is all changing in March when the most experimental of all the Final Fantasy titles releases on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and (thanks to the recent trend of releasing Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels) PC via Steam as well. If sales do well, Tabata has mentioned that the Type series could be the beginning of more ambitious Final Fantasy games. Tabata, who is also directing Final Fantasy XV, hopes American audiences will take to Type-0 as easily as Japanese fans did.
The retail release of Type-0 HD will come with access to a demo of Final Fantasy XV when it hits store shelves on March 17th, 2015. Where my Final Fantasy folks at? Excited about this upcoming release? Think Tabata can possibly restore this franchise to its former glory? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @APGNation for more gaming news and reviews!