Final Fantasy Type-0 coming to Western audiences in 2015

Posted on August 30, 2014 - 2:20pm by Patrick Breeden

Final Fantasy Type-0, Square Enix’s action RPG released for Sony PSP only in Japan, will release for Western markets in 2015, according to the game's director.

According to Type-0 director Hajime Tabata, Square strongly considered porting the game over after its 2011 Japanese release, but he noticed PSP sales were declining and decided against it.

“After we released the Japanese version, and then it would go into localization, the U.S. PSP market at the time was kind of shrinking,” Tabata told Joystiq. “It wasn't the best time for us to garner the best results. So that was the biggest reason why we had to forgo the PSP version for the overseas market.”

Tabata said the Vita was also considered as a platform before Square ultimately decided on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases.

But why accept these over Vita? Tabata said he believes a bigger screen is the best fit for Type-0. Tabata was involved with Final Fantasy XV when its development was moved to PS4 and Xbox One, and he said the development for the new systems helped him decide the bigger screen and higher performance was the right fit for Type-0.

Square also wants the market for both PS4 and Xbox One to grow in Japan. According to Tabata, the company believes pushing Final Fantasy XV for the two systems will boost their popularity in the region.

“We really do want the PS4 and Xbox One install base to grow in Japan as well. So we do want a release as quickly as possible,” Tabata said.

Type-0 will feature a more mature tone than typical Final Fantasy titles. It features the typical magic and other attacks we expect from Final Fantasy, but these attacks can devastate enemies to the point where they can burn to death.

It will also feature four difficulty options, Tabata said. One major point of feedback from Type-0’s initial release was the game’s difficulty, so Square will allow the player to set the pace in the game’s Western release.

Final Fantasy Type-0 is a more action-oriented RPG much like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, but conflicts with enemies doesn’t trigger a battle arena. The more open battle area is controlled by walls of energy called “Palings.”

The game will feature 14 playable characters and will be in full HD.

Fans will be able to get their Type-0 fix for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sometime next year.

Who’s ready for some fresh, new Final Fantasy?

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