Fans of Final Fantasy, rejoice! Dissidia Final Fantasy is returning with a new installment… and it’s not on handheld! Revealed in a new trailer, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT boasts a cast of 20 of your favourite heroes and villains from various Final Fantasy universes on a new engine for the PS4. Teaming up with Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja, Dissidia promises ever-frantic fighter-esque action with over-the-top combat and scenes reminiscent of those fantastic mid-air battles of Dragonball.
Based in an alternate universe where the gods Cosmos and Chaos are in eternal conflict, each chooses 10 heroes to fight in their name. The first game featured titular heroes from the first 10 Final Fantasy games, so it will be interesting to see who else shows up in this new release. Prince Noctis from the latest Final Fantasy entry has already been confirmed. Series favourites like Cloud (FFVII), Squall (FFVIII), and Zidane (FFIX) are seen in the trailer as well as brief snippets of characters from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the Warrior of Light, and of course everyone’s favourite villain, Sephiroth (FFVII).
Quite popular among those that were lucky enough to own a PlayStation Portable, the first game sold 1.8 million copies. The original Dissidia games ended up fading into obscurity due to their console of choice. I don’t think anyone was expecting a new title in the series and I’m glad it’s getting a revival. On the surface, Dissidia may seem like ‘just’ a fighting game featuring Final Fantasy characters but the gameplay is a lot deeper than it appears.
The previous two games were developed in-house by Square Enix after Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura pushed for a spin-off series but was uncomfortable with the idea of Disney characters fighting each other. It will be interesting to see how Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja put their own personal touch on the game. There is no word yet of multiplayer functionality, however given that it was a feature Nomura wanted for the first game but was limited due to the PSP’s capabilities, it’s not out of this world to hope for a VS mode.
We will learn more during E3 next week, as a special “deep-dive” panel presentation will be taking place on Tuesday, with the game expected to launch sometime during 2018. For more information on Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, head to the official website. Are you excited for more Dissidia action?