Dissidia Final Fantasy NT makes its worldwide debut on the PlayStation 4 on January 30, 2018, but Square Enix isn’t waiting until then to give Final Fantasy fans a taste of what the game’s competitive future could be like. Attendees of New York Comic Con this October can sign up to participate in one of two tournaments scheduled to take place during the convention.
NYCC attendees who are not interested in participating in the competition are also invited to try out the game at the Square Enix booth for the opportunity to win some con-exclusive swag. Portions of the competition will be live streamed for fans at home.
Tournaments being held at NYCC are part of the Dissidia Final Fantasy NT: Live Fights series. The first “Live Fights” event recently concluded this weekend at SCR 2017, among other prominent fighting game competition series like the Tekken World Tour. On hand to give the play-by-play for the West Coast event were well-known commentators James “Jchensor” Chen and Luis “Rynge” Avila.
Live Fights are sponsored by Nissin Cup Noodles, and those watching the livestream can enter to win prizes that include a “Nissin Swag Bag” and a digital copy of Dissidia upon its PS4 release. Livestream events are planned to take place on a monthly basis until the game’s release, with the NYCC competition scheduled to begin broadcasting on October 4 at 3 p.m. (EST)/6 p.m (PST). To tune in and participate, logging in is required at the official website: live.dissidiafinalfantasynt.com.
Square Enix has stated that details on additional Live Events and tournaments are forthcoming later this fall. Earlier this year, at EVO 2017, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT producer Ichiro Hazama made it clear that the game’s 3-on-3 battle system was designed with eSports in mind.
“[Evo is] an amazing place, it feels like a festival all the time… The energy from the players is absolutely incredible. I wanted to build a title that could play a part in that atmosphere as well.”
In a recent message to shareholders, Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda confirmed the company’s interest in developing games that are as fun to watch as they are to play.
“An increasing number of our customers around the world enjoy not only playing games themselves, but also watching other gamers play them. You do not actually need to play a game yourself to enjoy it. It is the presence of e-sports spectators that make this meaningful. Once the size of gaming spectatorship grows, gaming itself will gain value as a form of media. This conversion of gaming into a form of media is proceeding rapidly. We also have a great deal of interest in this field and intend to proactively work to turn it into an actual business.”
To learn how to play Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, or just catch a glimpse of the PS4 gameplay, watch the tutorial video below.
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