Final Fantasy Brigade announced for mobile phones in Japan

Social game to have 2D-presented battles and Theatrhythm art style; game out late December.

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With Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the horizon in the next few weeks in Japan, gamers who still demand a portable role-playing game fix can look forward to Square Enix's next venture. The company, together with Japanese social network operator DeNA, unveiled its latest collaboration in social gaming titled Final Fantasy Brigade.

The official logo of Square Enix's upcoming social game.

According to Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada (via 4Gamer), the RPG will feature battles that are reminiscent of past 2D Final Fantasy games. Players will have to team up with other players to gain experience by fighting monsters and rival airships while building up an armada. Gamers can also use existing Final Fantasy characters as assists, like Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII. The game's art style will be the same as the one used in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on the 3DS.

Beta testing for the game will start in the middle of December on the Mobage social gaming platform. The game will be available in late December for selected phones in Japan. A smartphone and Web version will arrive shortly for download. An English version has yet to be announced.

This isn't the first time Square Enix has been busy on social network platforms and mobile phones. Knights of the Crystal was a social game on Facebook that bears Final Fantasy characteristics, while Before Crisis - Final Fantasy VII - came out in 2004.

Discussion

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Ni6htSorrow
Ni6htSorrow

And so the further milkering of the the Final Fantasy brand continues...

Evenios
Evenios

hope they do something like this for the ipad or something :-(

leeko_link
leeko_link

You know Square Enix sucks when a real videogame handheld doesn't get a true Final Fantasy RPG anymore like wtf they make this game on mobile phone but is planning to give us crap like Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on 3DS? If I want to listen to FF music, I'll buy a freaking OST, just give us a damn game already.

otanikun
otanikun

Sounds interesting, but what is it with exclusive Final Fantasy games on mobile phones in Japan? Still waiting for that Before Crisis: FFVII.

toddx77
toddx77

Wow first the final fantasy rhythm game and now this. Its amazing the excuses SE is coming up with to not work on versus lol.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

Me: So how is Versus XIII going on? Square Enix: Uuuhhhh.....we are releasing Final Fantasy Brigade on mobile phone. Me: Seriously?

Llama345
Llama345

I'm still waiting for FFVI and a FFVII HD remake.

s0l1dsnake
s0l1dsnake

Square has already lost a life long customer in me, only game I might probably every buy from Square is FF versus 13 but I'm pretty sure it ends there. Life long fan but the series has gone to crap its just shovelware now.

atrumhiberna
atrumhiberna

WE WANT FINAL FANTASY XIII VERSUS!!!! WE WANT FINAL FANTASY XIII VERSUS!!!! WE WANT FINAL FANTASY XIII VERSUS!!!! WE WANT FINAL FANTASY XIII VERSUS!!!! WE WANT FINAL FANTASY XIII VERSUS!!!! WE WANT FINAL FANTASY XIII VERSUS!!!!

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

You know Square Enix, maybe you should learn to finish the games you've already started. And perhaps you should also learn not to announce your crap a decade before it comes out.

TheLoneMortal
TheLoneMortal

@Wardishy Yea, they're starting to drag out their projects for too long now.

endorbr
endorbr

And this is Final Fantasy how? If they want to put old school type Final Fantasy on to smartphones then why not just create a port of Final Fantasy IV? At least I might actually play that.

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

I wonder if the milk that Square Enix gets from the FF series comes lactose free?

Wardishy
Wardishy

Wish they'd commit more resources to finishing the titles they've already started...

Ovirew
Ovirew

This sounds a lot like FF4: The After Years - using existing artwork to make a mobile phone game. Only difference is, this could be slightly better than its source material. Maybe.