A year ago, after it was shown at Sony’s E3 2015 show, I wasn’t sure what it was about.
Was it a story-driven RPG? A cute little game mainly concerned with being cute?
Would it be an epic turn-based RPG, or another sign Square Enix thinks “epic” and “turn-based” are contradictory?
I’m still not entirely sure, although the trailer shown at TGS 2015 helped.
In an interview with Kotaku, the director said it would have the “volume of a story” found in Final Fantasy VI, VII, and VIII. That’s great, but I can’t help but be a little skeptical when I see this cute world filled with chibi versions of past Final Fantasy characters…
Nevertheless, Square Enix has released new details and screenshots, so let’s talk about one of our favorite things: the villains!
Dark Knight Brendires
The guy pictured up above is Dark Knight Brendires. “Dark Knight” is probably his class, since he’s the king in charge of the Bahamut Army. In traditional villain fashion, he plans to take over the world.
He has a cool design, so I’m interested in learning more about him despite his vague motivations.
He and Brendires will create a “vortex of chaos” in the world, which is here called Grymoire although it’s previously been written as Grimoire.
I’d like to get a better look at him. I also hope they have some more allies… maybe a mad scientist?
The new information also revealed a mysterious Masked Woman who seems helpful but might not be, the Bahamut Soldier enemies, chibi Vivi from Final Fantasy IX, new saver summons (used by Yuna, Cloud, the Warrior of Light, and Lightning), and three Mirages (Odin, Undead Princess, and Descal).
I’m still not entirely sure what World of Final Fantasy is.
But hey, Brendires and Seguriwades look interesting, so maybe this really will be a return to both Final Fantasy’s gameplay and storytelling of old.---
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