Square Enix have announced that Team Ninja’s 2015 arcade reboot of Dissidia Final Fantasy will be coming to North American shores in early 2018 with a console version entitled Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. The console version of the title, currently only announced for PlayStation 4, will include a new narrative from writer Kazushige Nojima, whose previous credits include Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XV among others. The announcement came along with a trailer showing off the team battle gameplay and the newly added cutscenes,
Team Ninja’s Dissidia Final Fantasy re-imagined the PSP fighting game franchise with a 3 v 3 battle system and a higher focus on the fighting game mechanics. Much like the arcade version, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will feature more than 20 playable characters from across the Final Fantasy universe at launch, including the return of FF XV‘s hero Noctis. According to further information found on the game’s Amazon page the game features RPG-style progression mechanics and character customization, familiar summons like Shiva and Ifrit, offline single player and online multiplayer modes, equipable weapons and gear, and Moogles(!) The title also sees the return of the ‘Bravery’ combat system, in which players build up Bravery points, and chip away at their opponents points, before using those points to power up attacks against their opponent’s HP.
Further details translated from a Japanese live stream of the game’s reveal gave us some further details of what to expect from Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (Thanks to Gematsu for the translation.) It seems the battle system will remain mostly untouched from the arcade version but the PS4 version will also have additional systems such as additional battle rules, the offline single player mode, and invite only lobbies for friends. The game will not feature a separate story mode but will include a story not present in the arcade version told through “event scenes.” It will not be necessary to fight other players to experience the story content. The stream also revealed that arcade players and PS4 players will not be able to play together and that they are looking into letting arcade users carry over some data, though this isn’t particularly relevant to North American players as the arcade version of the game only exists in Japan.
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will be available to play at E3 2017 from June 13th to 15th and a panel examining the game in more depth is being held at the E3 Coliseum on June 13th at 3.15pm (PST) featuring Producer Ichiro Hazama and Director Takeo Kujiraoka. You can find more information on the game at the official website here. If you’re planning on tuning into the E3 event from home, be sure to check out our handy viewer’s guide.
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