Final Fantasy fans who remember when Dissidia graced their PSP screens are in for a treat. Announced at the Japanese Amusement Expo, Square Enix made news headlines by showcasing some of the first footage of the newly-updated Final Fantasy brawler.
Final Fantasy: Dissidia will (at the moment) be in Japanese arcades and is essentially the same game as the PSP version, with a few additions. First, the new arcade fighting game will feature updated graphics to give the game a more modern look, and the arcade version will feature three-on-three fights.
According to Crunchy Roll, the brawler will feature many characters from Final Fantasy’s past, including Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, The Onion Knight from Final Fantasy III, fan-favorite Tera from Final Fantasy VI, and Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII. Also, as speculated by IGN, there is no word as to whether or not Final Fantasy XV characters will make their way into the game’s lineup, but an event on April 10 should provide more details.
The original PSP release hit North American shores on November 2009 as Dissidia Final Fantasy: Universal Tuning. The Square Enix fighting game featured some RPG elements in keeping with the series genre, as well as a small story to explain why all the characters from the different Final Fantasy games ended up together. Focusing on a conflict between Cosmos, the goddess of Harmony and Chaos, the god of discord, the two celestial beings call for champions to fight in their name.
The original PSP release reviewed favorably, with Gamespot praising the PSP title for its superb fighting and (then) great visuals. A follow-up of the game hit shelves in 2011 as Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, with IGN giving it a favorable review as well.
The Final Fantasy series has been one of the formative game series in all of video gaming. Originally released in Japan on December 1987, the series has gone on to sell over 110 million units worldwide. Final Fantasy has been synonymous with game innovation, music, good story telling, and many other contributions to the video game world throughout its 27-year history. The next installment in the series, Final Fantasy XV, is highly anticipated. A demo will be released alongside the re-release of Type-0 this year, as reported previously by the Inquisitr.
While Dissidia has been announced only for Japanese arcades, there is some speculation that the Final Fantasy game could hit consoles. Would you want to see the arcade title release on your home console? Sound off in the comments below.
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