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Final Fantasy Type-0 (formerly known as Final Fantasy Agito XIII) (ファイナルファンタジー アギトXIII Fainaru Fantajī Agito Sātīn?) is a video game for the PlayStation Portable [1] which, alongside Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII, makes up the compilation Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy XIII so far. The game is not a sidestory to Final Fantasy XIII; it is part of one story which will have shared themes and myths around which all the Final Fantasy XIII games will be centered.[2] Agito is Latin for "to put in motion"[3] (more accurately, "I put in motion"). While a release outside of Japan has not been announced, Hajime Tabata is trying to appeal to the North American players in his direction of the game.[4]

In an announcement on January 18, 2011, the title was changed to Final Fantasy Type-0 and it was set for release sometime in summer 2011. Despite the name change, it is still part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis compilation, and related trademarks suggest that it is to be the first of a new series.[5]

Gameplay

The battle system will be similar to that of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII but will make use of the ATB system and allow control of multiple characters.

A compass has also been revealed in recent screenshots. Characters have been shown traversing dungeons of mechanical foes and soldiers. Playable characters alongside the nameless lead (nicknamed "Card-Kun") are shown in the screenshots with rather high HP and low MP costs to their magic spells in their command list. Like in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, names of foes are stated under "Target" on the upper-left-hand side of the screen. A recent article by Weekly Famitsu[6] stated that each of the twelve students will have their own summon that can be swapped out and controlled by the player. The summons can also level up; so far, the only confirmed summon is Odin, used by the de facto main character.

Plot

The game's plot is thought to be "massive" and is still being finalized as of June 2009.[7][8] The game is set in a magic school named Peristerium School of Magic, and will gradually expand to the larger world outside of the school. It is described as an online RPG, but not "massively multiplayer".[9] It has been revealed that Orience is the name of the world and that the antagonizing military country is called Milites. A peace treaty is supposed to be in effect with the world's four countries, but Cid of Milites has sent his l'Cie soldiers to war with the neighboring countries. Other areas have been revealed called Rubrum, Anaze, and Kogai.[10]

From the IGN Impressions of the trailer that was debuted at Square Enix's closed door party, DKΣ3713, it was revealed that there is a militaristic nation that, due to the machination and rallies of their leader, began conquering all of its neighboring nations. The nation went unimpeded until they came across a lone island kingdom isolated from the rest of the continent that was apparently being protected by a giant crystal and is also said to worship a god named Suzaku. However, for reasons unknown, the crystal shatters, seemingly leaving the nation vulnerable to attack. The kingdom's fear is realized when a cloaked figure, supposedly the hero, along with other warriors, appears with a massive army in formation in front of him. The trailer continues with random bits of fighting in CG along with gameplay and ends with the main character sticking a flag, most likely that of the kingdom, into the ground, rallying his allies. It is also confirmed that the nation's military has been destroyed.[11]

Characters

Twelve characters have been revealed so far, all appearing to be students. Their weapons include a longsword, a katana, handguns, a shotgun, a mace, a bow and arrow, a spear, a scythe, an extending flail, martial arts, a flute which commands a moogle, and a deck of cards.

Development

The decision to create Final Fantasy Agito XIII was made after the other two Final Fantasy XIII games had already been decided upon, and was made in response to the popularity of the mobile phone game Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII.[12] It was then decided to make it exclusive to mobile phones.[12] Unveiled at E³ '06, the game "[offered] players easy on-the-go access to the Final Fantasy XIII universe.[13] Utilizing gameplay functions only available through mobile phones, it was supposed to provide players with a unique take on a story accessible anywhere their real-life adventures may take them."[14] Developers had been planning a release on the next generation of cell phones as phones available at the time could not offer all the capabilities they would need.[7] An issue developers had grappled with was whether or not to make the command buttons used in the game visible.[12] The game was in development with the idea of making it a "full-fledged numbered game".[7] However, on August 2, 2008, Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy Agito XIII will be released on the Sony PlayStation Portable platform,[15] with development of the mobile phone version discontinued.[1]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 『ファイナルファンタジー アギトXIII』のPSP版発売が決定. Famitsu (2008-06-02). Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
  2. Gifford, Kevin (2008-06-18). Square Talks Dissidia, Summer Event Plans. 1UP.com. Retrieved on 2008-06-21.
  3. Mueller,Greg (2006-05-09). E3 06: Final Fantasy Agito XIII First Impressions. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
  4. Crisis Core -Final Fantasy Vii- | Square Enix Members. Member.square-enix.com. Retrieved on 2008-10-13.
  5. Final Fantasy Agito XIII Becomes Final Fantasy Type-0 on The Escapist (retrieved on January 18, 2011)
  6. Becoming Agito, More Info On Final Fantasy Agito XIII. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Gantayat, Anoop (2007-03-02). Final Fantasy Agito XIII Goes Next Gen. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-04-01.
  8. Kohler, Chris (2008-06-18). Final Fantasy Versus XIII On Hold as Square Enix Struggles. Wired. Retrieved on 2008-06-21.
  9. Gantayat, Anoop (2006-05-17). Famitsu with More on Fabula Nova. IGN. Retrieved on 2007-08-26.
  10. New Chinese Famitsu Final Fantasy XIII, Versus and Agito Scans. Finalfantasy-xiii.net (2008-10-23). Retrieved on 2009-01-06.
  11. Becoming Agito, More Info On Final Fantasy Agito XIII. PSPHyper (2008-10-24). Retrieved on 2009-01-06.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Kristine S. (2006-06-02). An Interview with the People behind Final Fantasy XIII. Qj.net. Retrieved on 2006-06-02.
  13. Buchanan, Levi (2006-05-09). E3 2006: Square Seriously Mobile. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-06-21.
  14. Square Enix staff (2006). FINAL FANTASY Agito XIII for Mobile Phones. Square Enix. Retrieved on 2007-08-26.
  15. Kitmitsu (2008-06-02). Final Fantasy Agito XIII Coming to PSP. finalfantasy-xiii.net. Retrieved on 2008-06-01.

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