Dissidia: Final Fantasy descends mid-2009

Square Enix gives its PlayStation Portable 3D fighter a vague North American release window.

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Given that each major installment in the Final Fantasy franchise features its own self-contained universe, fans of the series haven't had many chances to see their favorites from different games interact. However, that's set to change next year. Square Enix announced today that its franchise-spanning fighting game Dissidia: Final Fantasy is set for a "midyear 2009" North American release.

"Your water-polo skills won't help you now, Tidus!"

Dissidia features more than 20 characters from the first dozen Final Fantasy games, all of whom are called into battle by warring gods. In addition to series protagonists such as Squall, Cloud, and Tidus, the roster includes more villainous entrants such as Sephiroth. Dissidia is a 3D fighter, but the game retains Final Fantasy conventions, including summon attacks and role-playing-game-style character development.

Although Dissidia stands out for the crossover of characters from different Final Fantasy games and placing the series' characters in a 3D fighting context, neither is a first. The Kingdom Hearts series has previously pulled together characters from multiple Final Fantasy installments, and the arcade and original PlayStation brawler Ehrgeiz featured a full retinue of Final Fantasy VII stars, including Cloud, Tifa, Yuffie, Vincent, and Sephiroth.

For more on Dissidia: Final Fantasy, check out GameSpot's hands-on impressions.

Discussion

85 comments
Gammet25
Gammet25

I have played dissidia on my psp and it is extremely awesome, the battle system is just so unique, sadly its only 1 main character and villain from final fantasy 1-12 putten together

itachi100
itachi100

it would whoop ass if they had a dissidia for each FF game! what we all want... an FF7 side game with the other guys... zack... genesis... angeal... weiss... nero... kadaj... yazoo, loz... reno... rude... vincent... tifa... yuffie... barret... red 13... and maybe even jenova! :D

cloud_strife15
cloud_strife15

can't wait. but they still should have had genesis and kadaj. And weiss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FFadikt
FFadikt

meh im just gonna import :D

jt200482
jt200482

i would really hope zack is in this one he deserves to be in this fight.

Bloodlust007
Bloodlust007

It's really hard playing the JAP version, I can't understand the menu and story. But the game still kicks ass.

yoyohahaha
yoyohahaha

WOOOhoo i just started playing the JAP version but ya i think i will stop playing it because i cant to change in to cloud 2nd form the 1st cloud look not too bad but the 2nd form is great just go VS yourself Cloud VS cloud it not the same cloud it cloth not same ^-^ the skill of the 2nd form is crazy go see yourself fight a lvl 20 cloud and you will know LOL bomb bomb bomb then BOMB 3000~4000 HP byebye LOL

MegandDia128
MegandDia128

this has always been my dream. now it is come true.

necronaux
necronaux

Could be interesting. I can see them releasing another combo Pak with PSP-3000, this game, and some extras.

da_illest101
da_illest101

cool, ah they mentioned my all time favorite fighting game ehrgeiz good memories

JolteonEX
JolteonEX

I was shocked when I heard about this game. I told my sister about it and now she eagerly awaits for its release. I hope that its a success.

RoxasF
RoxasF

i hope they put zack in the game

aznballer91
aznballer91

yea, i have the jap version, the intro was very nice. better graphics than crisis core which is quite a feat! but yea, i understand jack so i'll just stop playing where i am now and wait for the eng version to come out

9th_SolBadguy
9th_SolBadguy

Played the Japanese version but its not any fun if you don't understand what's going on in the game so I'll wait on the English version which will take a long time to be released But overall it's a kick ass game only in Japanese

trick6952
trick6952

looks sweet too bad my original psp dosent play any UMD's and my slim has a crack on the lcd looks like its time to fix my slim if this is coming out then

Quique85
Quique85

yeah this is is great does it have online matches hope it has to kick some butt with Zidane or Kuya FFIX FTW

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Game of the Year for PSP in North America 2009

nooneandn0body
nooneandn0body

This game rocks! I already got the JAP version but nice to have both I like Jap voices over english dub lol

serentus
serentus

Dammit why is the review-link broken I wanna review it! I already have the JAP version and serieusly guys this is THE game for zeh psp.

Cody13_2012
Cody13_2012

Finally! My question of whether or not this will hit the US is finally answered, hurray!

Hekynn
Hekynn

This is gonna be a kick ass fighting game maybe their next fighting game will have all characters from the games :)

monkeybananayum
monkeybananayum

Already have CC and FFT. getting this, KH Birth by Sleep, and Agito XIII when they come out. Square Enix pretty much forced me to buy a PSP.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

No Celes, No Yuna = fail Having only one hero and one villian ruins this game....characters above could be main characters as well...and no Cid...wow

FearBoo
FearBoo

I think its out in Japan

AllenR85
AllenR85

They forgot to mention that Zack was also a playable character in Ehrgeiz. Although he was more or less just a re-skinned Cloud in the game.

abu_eljod
abu_eljod

Oh man,so many great titles for the PSP and i still don't have the nerve to buy one

chappy_man
chappy_man

hmmm could be good, controls on psp could make it a bit difficult. Still pumped to picK it up though.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

Hurrah! Finally a release window. Can't wait for the game to arrive on Western shores. :D

FFadikt
FFadikt

Please come before fall, ive been waiting since they first announced it!

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

Hmm i dont have a PSP right now maybe next year i'll buy one also when this comes out.

Beastcake
Beastcake

Hellz to the yeah! Been waitin to kick Clouds ass with the real hero, Squall.

Dark_Altron
Dark_Altron

Good enough for me. At least this will be coming to state-side sometime soon next year. o(|^_^|}o

jenofwildfire
jenofwildfire

Heh, awesome. Can't wait! rockstar 88, you can count me among the people who like FFIX, and I like FFVIII, as well.

Beesond
Beesond

Yeah VIII and IX were fantastic, VII just had a big shadow

atteiramknight
atteiramknight

I agree with rockstar_88, final fantasy IX was a really good game.

jasopan
jasopan

YES! game came out yesterday and no one has a clue what it's talking about!! only half a year to go!

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

I actually am looking forward to this. I suppose it should be looked at as a love letter to the Final Fantasy fans that have been willing to stick with the franchise since the 16 bit era, and to rekindle those memories is pretty good. I also appreciate the fact that they've payed special attention to the oft-overlooked FF IX because, unlike most uptight FF fans, there are a small majority of us that actually do like that game.

ONS47
ONS47

so this game is Ehrgeiz 2? sounds cool, i actually liked that game

cliveisback
cliveisback

Son of a submariner. You people should get the PSP for more than just this game, although I have convinced my friends to buy PSPs just for this game. With the two Star Ocean games (one of which I'm waiting to purchase) and this, I can't wait for 2009 on my PSP.

Kakua_Omari
Kakua_Omari

Sad to see a great rpg series go that way.

AuronTsubaki85
AuronTsubaki85

A Final Fantasy fighting game. I say it's about time! what worries me the most of the North America release is the voice acting. If they translate it, they better get the proper actors especially Kefka.

WhiteSnake5000
WhiteSnake5000

@BatrozX, I completely disagree with your first statement. My argument was that people should already have a reason to own a PSP because of titles such as Tekken, Daxter, Crisis Core, God of War, Patapon, MGS: Portable Ops, GTA: LCS & VCS, Killzone Liberation, Ratchet & Clank, etc. (That's plenty of great games imo) Now as for Fall 2008, that's a completely different story. But I don't think it's fair to look at a single time frame. PSP will be getting more great titles, it's not over yet.

CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

now we just need squeenix to make it on 360