Posted By Shaun K. about 3 months, 4 weeks ago
In what is another sign of the times, two beloved Final Fantasy creatives are teaming up for what is being pitched as a major new JRPG franchise being designed from the ground up for mobile platforms. Titled Granblue Fantasy, this new game will come from Cygames, a Japanese developer whose previous titles includes the digital TCG Rage of Bahamut and the popular simulation/rhythm game hybrid The Idolmaster. Joining the developers on Granblue will be two Final Fantasy mainstays, namely master composer Nobuo Uematsu and character designer Hideo Minaba, among whose many examples of work includes the designs for FF9‘s Zidane, Garnet, Kuja, and Beatrix.
As you might expect from a JRPG, Granblue Fantasy centers around a fantasy world imperiled on multiple sides and charges players with forming a team of four to send into battle in order to save the day. The game will play out in a variation of the classic turn-based JRPG formula. In this case, commands for all members of each side need to be issued before any actual action is taken. The game will also have other elements that will be familiar to FF fans, including crystals that can summon powerful creatures for aid in combat and a job system in the classic FFV/FF Tactics mode. An animated intro trailer for the game can be seen below.
Granblue Fantasy will be a free-to-play title that will include some form of in-app purchases. The game will be published in Japan this Winter by social games publisher Mobage with a western release for the title yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of this and other games and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.