Square Enix Trademarks Final Fantasy Explorers for U.S. and Europe

The multiplayer action RPG is likely coming overseas.

Recently, developer Square Enix announced Final Fantasy Explorers for the 3DS for Japan. Now, it appears that the game is coming overseas.

In a filing first reported by Nintendo Everything, Square Enix trademarked Final Fantasy Explorers in Europe and the United States. The game was previously only known to be in development for Japanese audiences.

Originally announced in Jump Magazine and translated by Siliconera, Explorers is a multiplayer action RPG that focuses a search for crystals and battles with monsters. Players can choose one of several different characters to use. Right now, we know of the Black Mage, White Mage, Knight, and Monk.

The Black Mage is a long-range character using magical attacks. The White Mage specializes in recovery spells. The Knight acts as a shield, attracting enemy attacks. The Monk uses physical strikes.

Players will be able to choose from a number of different weapons, and Summons, including Ifrit, will also be in Explorers.

No release date is known for the game in any region.

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AndreasRufus
AndreasRufus

Don't know why, but I am looking foreward to this. Just hope I will be able to play it in a decent solo-mission!

leeko_link
leeko_link

Thanks Square Enix but where's Dragon Quest VII and DQM: Terry's Wonderland remake?

plasmatic5
plasmatic5

This still isn't Dragon Quest VII.

rarerichz
rarerichz

K WHEN THE HELL ARE THEY GOING TO MAKE FINAL FANTASY FOR WII U , SQUARE!

nitro73
nitro73

Must. Not. Be. Excited!

Stag_Lee
Stag_Lee

 "The Black Mage is a long-range character using magical attacks. The White Mage specializes in recovery spells. The Knight acts as a shield, attracting enemy attacks. The Monk uses physical strikes."

Really?!? o_O No way...

Stebsis
Stebsis

This could be interesting. SE has done really well with portable FF games, Bravely Default included. But I still wish for something bigger, not just these bite sized experiences on the go and XIII crap.

Daelusca
Daelusca

When I was growing up, FF were the best video games....period (FF7 was unbelievable)....now either my tastes have changed, the competition has gotten far better or the SE crew has lost their mojo....around about #8 or 9 this series went from groundbreaking to abysmal (who makes an RPG you can only play as a girl???)...the linear gameplay with awful stories...if I wanted to play that type of garbage I would simply play any Bioshock game :P

DefconRave
DefconRave

Man just give me a Bravely Default esque RPG with a proper budget made for nextgen/pc.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

I take it this means they also mentioned that they can't do a full remake of FF7 but announced another 4 rereleases of the original too?

179107199999
179107199999

Make a new RPG. Quit selling Final Fantasy over and over again.The best FF game recently wasn't even Final Fantasy in name but in content and soul it was only difference was the battle system. Hey why not an action rpg Dragon Quest game or a Dragon Quest fighting game or as I said start a new franchise RPG. I love FF but this FF overload milking has to stop. Get creative. We don't want AAA games all the time.We as consumers (at least me) just want a good game with a good story and fun to play. Its not money that makes a great game.Its love just like that one FF game that wasn't FF in name.....

dingdongding
dingdongding

They will probably give us this game before Final Fantasy XV or Type O get released over here .... I hope I am wrong tho .

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

I don't know if anybody agree; but while final fantasy may suck right now. They do create the best box art. I was looking at the picture for a good 5 mins. just seeing how good it looks.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Judging from their past track record I'm not so sure. Hopefully they stay on track after Bravely Default. 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

So which Final Fantasy is finally going to be the final one?

Chatch09
Chatch09

Why did I buy a Vita....it was a year ago while things still looked promising but, still.....fuuuuuuuuu

Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

I sincerely hope when SE said they were taking a look at the way they did things after Bravely Default that it didn't mean they're going to be cranking out a ton of generic RPGs for handhelds. We need more AAA titles, how about a Star Ocean.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

I loved Crystal Chronicle, hope its good....I think I'll be very old by the time its released though....Dec 31, 2097

Furwings
Furwings

So in other words another half-hearted B-grade Final Fantasy game like Crystal Chronicles or even Mystic Quest. Then again unlike the days of Crystal Chronicles and Mystic Quest, the main FF series isn't exactly raising the bar for the JRPG genre anymore so this could end up being decent.

HBninjaX
HBninjaX

crystal chronicles wasn't that good. i don't expect much from this.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

That's one messy logo. He to stare at it for a while to de-code what's going on there...

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Stag_Lee lol You would think they wouldn't have to explain that after 26 years. xD 

Dat-tsu
Dat-tsu

@Daelusca  "who makes an RPG you can only play as a girl???"

And THAT was the point where I stopped caring about anything you had to say. 

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

@Daelusca I have no problems with a RPG where you can only play as a girl, and don't really see why you have an issue with it.  Personally, I thought FF8 was better than FF7.  I liked the GF system and the card game in FF8 better than the materia system and Chocobo breeding.  FF8's story starts off slower than FF7, but FF7's story gets a little too convoluted.  Overall I think the best FF game was Final Fantasy Tactics, which is also the first one that I'd say was a true RPG.  All other FF games, really don't give you any options to customize the class/abilities of your party member.  I loved the music and storyline of FFT too.  

plasmatic5
plasmatic5

@179107199999  The closest thing to a Dragon Quest action RPG is Dragon Quest Swords on the Wii. It's a first-person on-rails slasher. You move forwards and backwards using the D-Pad on the Wiimote and control the sword with the movement of the Wiimote. You go through different areas, fighting monsters. You learn spells (which you activate with specific motions). It was an OK game. It was fun but very frustrating at times because the normal Wiimote just wasn't precise enough. I think the game would have benefitted a ton from Wiimotion+.


Personally, I would love for them to take that idea to the next level. Get rid of the on-rails and make it a full adventure game. The game will have first-person combat, where you control your attacking arm with the Wiimotion+ and the support arm with the minimal movement of the nunchuck. You can equip different types of weapons, such as long swords, daggers, axes, bows, wands, etc, with different classes being allowed to equip the different weapons. For instance, if you equip a pole, your attacks are more effective if you slash instead of stab. If you equip a longsword, stabbing is more effecting that slashing. For a Wand, you have to make different motions to cast the different spells.


The game would be very typical Dragon Quest, only as an action RPG with the motion controls to allow for good, fluid, first person melee combat. THIS is the game that SE should have made for the Wii. And now it's a little too late...unless they just want to make it for the Wii U. It would be gorgeous.

179107199999
179107199999

@GOGOHeadray Its probably illustrated from that one guy who created this Vampire Hunter named D.....

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@bunchanumbers It would be interesting to see of they could bring that mindset to the consoles though. Final fantasy on last gen consoles virtually destroyed the brand in peoples eyes.

JachAnen
JachAnen

@Chatch09 I have one too. Played Uncharted: Golden Abyss, FF9 and playing FFX atm. So there is enough games for my taste right now, at with the promise of even more games and the games I have yet to buy I'm happy.

newhaus1994
newhaus1994 moderator moderatorstaff

@Chatch09 Indie games. There are some amazing indie games coming to vita in the next few months.

Chatch09
Chatch09

@Kiyosuyo Hell yea! I'd really like to see Star Ocean make a come-back.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

@freedom01 i was previously shrugging this as just a monster hunter knock-off.

then you reminded me that the first crystal chronicles exists.

and now i'm interested.

newhaus1994
newhaus1994 moderator moderatorstaff

@freedom01 I laughed when I saw that 2097's the release date for the Last Guardian in our database.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@Furwings Crystal Chronicles and Mystic Quest were great games! The music in MQ is still among the best of the era. 

NettoSaito
NettoSaito

@Furwings Actually it is a Monster Hunter styled game. Pick your class, customize your character, take on huge monsters, get loot, build new gear, and so on. I wouldn't call it a B-grade Final Fantasy game considering this genre of games is huge in Japan, and typically requires a lot of skill. IF executed right.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@Chatch09 @Kiyosuyo I'd hope any future installments in the series would be more like SO2, and less like the modern ones. Quite frankly, I'm undecided on which protag I find less insufferable: Edge or Fayt.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@Leykis There really isn't much on the horizon for the 3DS, and it's kinda sad.  Sure, a Pokémon game and Smash Bros. will probably be great, but there's like virtually nothing else planned for the system.


If Nintendo made a handheld that also functioned as a console, then the 3DS would be doing even better now.  But it is competing with the Wii-U in a way.

Chatch09
Chatch09

@GOGOHeadray Yes. Till the End of Time was so epic, The Last Hope was so annoying I didnt ever finish it....

Silverline62
Silverline62

@Ovirew @Leykis No if Nintendo tried to make their handhelds like consoles it would end up with only indie games and little first party support like a certain one already on teh market.