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Final Fantasy Explorers Announced for 3DS

Posted by Martin Watts

The final frontier

Japanese publication Jump has revealed in its latest issue that Square Enix is currently developing a multiplayer action-RPG game for the 3DS called Final Fantasy Explorers.

According to magazine, players will be able to select from a variety of different classes for their character, essentially enabling them to narrow down to a specific role within a team. Up to four players can form an in-game party, with the idea being that players each serves a specific purpose in order to conquer enemies.

A Japanese release date for the game is not yet known, nor has it been confirmed if the game will see an international release.

[via siliconera.com]

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User Comments (53)

XCWarrior

#3

XCWarrior said:

@Azooooz No, this is AN unnnounced 3DS game. This is NOT the Miyamato announced game. This is made by Square Enix, not Nintendo.

Glad to see more RPGs, but sad only for 3DS. WiiU needs RPGs too! Either way will likely get this if good. Love me some Final Fantasy.

CanisWolfred

#4

CanisWolfred said:

So...it's Crystal Chronicles for the 3DS, minus the stigma of the Crystal Chronicles name?

pixelman

#5

pixelman said:

Oh hell yes, this sounds like a spiritual successor to Crystal Chronicles. Stoked!

Peach64

#6

Peach64 said:

Definitely interested by this. If there's one area the 3DS hasn't quite lived up to the DS it's RPGs. I'm liking the 'classic' Final Fantasy look of those characters too.

TruenoGT

#10

TruenoGT said:

Could also be in the vein of Seiken Densetsu (Final Fantasy Adventure). If online and perhaps with some (optional) random dungeon component, this could be pretty cool.

DarkCoolEdge

#11

DarkCoolEdge said:

Meh, I rather have a "regular" rpg instead of one of these mediocre Crystal Chronicles games.
Come on S-E, give us Dragon Quest VII already!

AVahne

#12

AVahne said:

Hoping for a western release! Vita has a huge selection of very nice MH/PSO style ARPGs, so it's nice to see that 3DS finally gets some variety as well.

MamaLuigi

#13

MamaLuigi said:

Hopefully this will take a more inspired approach to multiplayer than the Crystal Chronicles series. Job selection is a nice start but the game also needs to be fun.

And yes though I'm still holding out for DQ7's release here I know Squenix love to take their sweet time in game translation, so this is nothing new. XDDD

Spoony_Tech

#15

Spoony_Tech said:

I'm game for anything Final Fantasy related.

@Peach64 I beg to differ. I love the rpgs on the ds but I've found that the 3ds has more consistently good ones. Out of the 10 plus rpgs I have all are good to great imo. Ds had to many hit or more so miss ones for my liking. Sure there was some maybe 10 total worth owning but the others just didn't quite make it for me. Radiant Historia ftw though. Best ds rpg hands down!

brandonbwii

#16

brandonbwii said:

Well the only reason later Dragon Quest games and Bravely Default came stateside is because Nintendo published them. Let's hope a similar situation happens here. It sounds like a renaming of Crystal Chronicles more than anything.

edcomics

#19

edcomics said:

This looks like it could be interesting, but it could also end up being like Crystal Chronicles. Most of the time when Final Fantasy and Nintendo get together, the results are pretty weak. I've always wanted a nice FF experience on a Nintendo system, though.... and action-RPG instead of RPG sounds good to me. All the FF content without the boring battle systems. At least, that would be nice. The whole class system sounds like it may be needlessly complex, which could ruin the experience. Whatever the case, I'll be keeping an eye on this.

Shambo

#20

Shambo said:

Well, I loved Crystal Chronicles more than I have loved the main series for quite some time (Bravely Default was a nice return, but for obvious reasons does not count as FF main series :p ), so I hope this will be something like CC, and gets a worldwide release.

Nintendofan83

#22

Nintendofan83 said:

Ever since Final Fantasy for NES, I've been hooked! I really like the idea of multiplayer but I wonder if its online multiplayer or in the same room multiplayer? If it's online, that will blow my mind. You could make friends/groups kinda like in World of Warcraft (guilds that go on quests together, raid together etc). I sure hope it comes to the West!

BluesDrive

#24

BluesDrive said:

Hopefully it comes to the west and includes online play. Would be awesome to play with friends. Just got A Realm Reborn so that should satisfy my online FF needs but I wouldn't mind a 3DS multiplayer FF game.

CanisWolfred

#26

CanisWolfred said:

@Peach64 ...what? It already has more Great RPGs in 3 years than the DS had in 6. It's every other genre that the 3DS needs a little more of...

SparkOfSpirit

#27

SparkOfSpirit said:

The original Crystal Chronicles was fantastic. I hope this is more like that one.

Glad to see Square Enix sticking to their plan of more old school RPGs.

HandheldGuru97

#30

HandheldGuru97 said:

I'll keep an eye on this if it heads west...looks like it will be a fun take on the old Crystal Chronicles tales.

Gravedigga13

#31

Gravedigga13 said:

reasons why the wii u will surely not have 3rd party rpgs, at least for now:
1. expensive to develop in comparison to the 3ds
2. not many wii us in home
3. in japan ppl prefer rpgs on a handheld
simple maths: why spend tons of money and sell a maximum of 2 mil copies when u can spend 1/4 of the money for a 3ds release and sell 4-5 mil copies at the cost of earning 5-8€ less per sale..

Emblem

#32

Emblem said:

@Gravedigga13 Good points and pretty much what happened with the PS3, its only now at the end of its life have we finally had a flood of RPGS and still have P5 to look forward to.

Luckily Nintendo have 2 (3?) 1st party dev groups that specialize in RPGS that could contribute. The chances of RPGS in general this gen across all systems is going to be very low outside of indie, eshop/psn/xbox titles, ports and remakes. But at this point i'll take what i can get where ever its coming from.

JaxonH

#34

JaxonH said:

Well, it's no epic traditional single player FF experience, but I'll take it. Throw in online play for co-op and I'll be satisfied...

Iggly

#36

Iggly said:

Sounds interesting, I'll definitely pick this up if its multiplayer supports online. If not, I'd probably get it after buying all of the games I want like Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

Dpullam

#37

Dpullam said:

This seems like a pretty interesting game, but I won't get my hopes up until I see more of it in action.

Jayvir

#38

Jayvir said:

Knowing Square Enix, they'll not release it in the West, and then two generations later release it on a console that isn't Nintendo. Seems to be the trend with Japanese developers

GN004Nadleeh

#42

GN004Nadleeh said:

where is metroid or a proper castlevania? (proper to me is sympony of the night and the like)

Windy

#43

Windy said:

Bring it! And let's hope for 4 player online play. We need ya Square....more than ever

SeanCrosser

#46

SeanCrosser said:

Oh please get international release, I'm direly in need for something like Crystal Chronicles on the 3DS.

And hopefully have both local and online multiplayer.

Frapp

#47

Frapp said:

There is a God. I was asking for this just last night.

Unfortunately, there is also a Devil of gaming, a cursed beast named by the ancients as Mentaqa-qofl (old Persian: region lock)

Geonjaha

#49

Geonjaha said:

There are four Dragon Quest games out in Japan. Instead of localising any of those we get another Final Fantasy. C'mon squeenix. C'mon.

ZachBeacon

#50

ZachBeacon said:

I worries me that they’re billing this as a 3DS MMORPG. I appreciate the art style and hope the FF franchise relearns some things from Bravely Default’s success but I have zero interest in paying a subscription fee for a game.

Windy

#52

Windy said:

@Spoony_Tech I agree on the DS titles. My personal favorite was Dragon Quest X. Then those that followed were Phantasy Star Zero, the Final Fantasy Remakes, the Dragon Quest Remake, and a little gem called Infinite Space by sega which was just awesome. Now as far as this goes I'm all over it. Hope its in 3d and has MMORPG written all over it. No matter I'm buying Love Square.

Windy

#53

Windy said:

Heroes of Ruin caught way to much flack back when it was released. It was a good game that suffered from a short story mode. To me it was well worth the price of admission and brought us together for some really good online multiplayer play which was just about flawless. I hope they can take that idea from Heroes of Ruin or ideas and bring us something epic. You go Square Enix! We love ya!

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