In news that should surprise no one, Type-0 is finally undergoing the localization process so that we international fans can finally get our grubby, little hands on this handheld gem. My personal prediction is that we’ll be seeing a March release date. Type-0 director, Hajima Tabata, admits to wanting to create a sequel for Type-0, but would rather work on a console title. The possibility of a sequel for Type-0 is fairly high, considering that the titles Type-2 and Type-3 have already been trademarked by Squeenix much earlier in the year.
The world of Final Fantasy Type-0 consists of four countries. The theme of the four countries revolves around the four mythological creatures of the Chinese constellations. Each country houses a crystal which is protected by organizations called Peristeriums. Here’s a look at each of the countries.
This country is where the main heroes reside. They attend the Peristerium Suzaku, a magic school. Magic is what defines this country and the nation is governed by a group of eight who also are the heads of the magic school. All of the playable characters are part of Class 0.
The current leader is school chancellor, Khalia Chival VI. He is renowned as a great sorcerer in his youth.
Type-0′s initial antagonist. This empire is seen invading Rebrum in the trailer of the game. The Byakko Peristerium research on the energy of their crystal and uses it for military and domestic affairs. Unlike the other countries, the power of Milites’ crystal is harnessed to create Mado Armor which all citizens are able to pilot. In essence, Mado Armor is an allusion to FF VI’s Magitek Armor. With this technology, they have a huge military force.
The emperor of Milites is currently missing. In charge we have Admiral Cid Aulstyne. Under his belligerent leadership, he hopes to lead Milites in obtaining the other three crystals from the other nations.
The Lolica Commonwealth eeks out its existence in the mountain region of the world. The Genbu Peristerium sees to it that the people take in the power of the crystal to strengthen their bodies. All of the citizens are much bigger than the people of other countries and serve as knights.
Though no leader is mentioned, Gilgamesh is a central figure in Lolica. He is a l’Cie who has forgotten his focus. He will be one of the bosses of Type 0. Maybe you’ll have to fight him several times like you did back in Final Fantasy V. In any case, l’Cie seem to serve the same purpose here that they did in FF XIII-they’re given a focus (mission) by the crystal and must carry it out. Maybe Cieth creatures will make an appearance as well?
The citizens of Concordia utilize the power of the Seiryuu Crystal to communicate with dragons and other monsters. Unlike the people of Lolica, the citizens of Concordia retain a small, child-like appearance for all of their lives.
Concordia is a country ruled by women. Queen Andoria is the physical representation of the Seiryuu crystal and is the only person capable of talking to the Queen Dragon.
And there you have it. It looks like Type 0 will be an epic battle between high school sorcerers, magitek armor soldiers, rock hard giants, and loli’s riding on dragons. Any of you find it ironic that the loli’s reside in Concordia and not in Lolica?
Final Fantasy Type 0′s magic system centers around only three elements: fire, ice, and thunder. The spells in the game fall in at least five varieties:
1) SHG (Shotgun) – Just as the name implies, this type of magic bursts in a close proximity and doesn’t travel far.
2) RF (Rifle) – Magic of this type shoots in a straight direction and travels far.
3) BOM (Bomb) – This causes AoE damage in your immediate surroundings.
4) MIS (Missile) – This type will chase an enemy and then expand to encompass surroundings.
5) ROK (Rocket Launcher) – When you start casting, a reticule will appear and the magic will fire in the direction you aim. Upon contact with an enemy, the magic will explode and cause AoE damage to nearby enemies.
Similar to Final Fantasy XIII, Type-0 features a Crystarium which is called Alto Crystarium in this game. This system is used to enhance your magical abilities. Defeated enemies leave behind a substance called Phantoma. Phantoma restores your MP and is used in powering up your magic via the Alto Crystarium. For instance, your fire SHG can be augmented in strength and MP usage. These Phantoma come in different colors that play a role in the Alto Crystarium. For instance, you’ll need six red phantomas to increase Fire RF’s strength attribute.
Since there are a load of characters in this game, I wouldn’t be surprised if all the characters fall under some sort of anime high school stereotype. Someone posted a very in-depth guide of the cast of Type 0. Though the descriptions are quite humorous, I can’t help but think that the writer is most likely correct in the descriptions. Check it out here.
Jump magazine has showcased what Shiva will look like in Final Fantasy Type-0:
I would have never realized that was Shiva unless they pointed it out. Type-0 wants to utilize weather effects in this game. Thus, Shiva is stronger if you’re in an arctic environment. There is still no word on an overseas release.
To my knowledge, Final Fantasy Type-0 is the only PSP game that consists of two UMD’s. This portentous title is set to be released on October 13 (that’s my birthday!). What’s odd about this game is the fact that it will cost 7,700 yen. Most PSP games in Japan cost 5,040 yen. Does that mean that it will cost more when it gets released worldwide?
Well, while we wait patiently for this action RPG, check out the new five minute trailer!
I made an error in the previous post stating that Gilgamesh is going to be a summon in Type-0. He is, in fact, going to be a boss character. He is a l’Cie who has received the power of the Genbu crystal but has forgotten its mission. Also, he’s three times the size of the game’s main characters.
Genbu is the name of the game’s four Peristyliums, which are the organizations that handle each of the crystals in the game. Suzaku is the name of Rebrum’s Peristylium and it’s the magic school where most of the story takes place. The Genbu people reside in the mountains and augment their bodies with the power of their crystal; making themselves more resistant to magic and weapons.
Here are some introductions to some of the characters you’ll find in the game:
Sice: Wields a scythe and has the ability to use a Black Hole move.
King: Wields dual guns and uses the Power Bullet ability to deal damage to multiple targets.
Eight: Uses hand-to-hand combat. He’s a male with short, red hair and abjures the use of weapons. He has a special ability that involves using the d-pad to unleash a variety of actions.
The game features an Active World Map. Enemy forces will constantly be waging war on the map and you will be called upon to defend key locations. Cities can be taken by enemy units. You can take back the city by destroying the commanders that have garrisoned there. Once you have recaptured the city, you can use it to shop for items. It’s rumored that specific items reside in specific cities. So…Uh… Guess you gotta catch ‘em all, right?
This game is set to be released at the end of summer for Japan. No word for an American release date yet.
Are you hungry for some Final Fantasy Type-0 news? Well, wait no further. Squeenix has decided to sate your hunger with a twenty minute gameplay demo.
Hajima Tabata, the director of the game, shows off the basics of the game, the battle system, and an airship. Tabata explains that the school is your home base of operations and that the playable characters are the elite students of the school. There is a time counter at the bottom right of the screen. This indicates the story mission; once this timer runs out, the mission that’s part of the main narrative will begin. If you miss world maps, then you’ll be glad to see that it is back in action once again.
During battle, you’ll notice that the characters absorb energy from their deceased enemies. The energy is known as Phantoma. Basically, it gives you MP which is useful for a game that revolves around magic usage.
Tabata has name for the battle system; it’s called “Instantaneous Death Battle.” You’ll notice that red markers appear on some of the enemies. If you hit the enemy during this small time frame, you immediately dispatch them.
The summon Golem is showcased in this video as well. Keep note that you have to sacrifice one of your characters to call forth these prodigious beasts. As of now, here are the summons that have been announced: Ifrit, Odin, and Gilgamesh.
The last feature which I find very piquant is the fact that the airship can shoot! That’s pretty neat. I wonder what type of gameplay aspects will be in the game with an airship that can shoot.
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