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Final Fantasy Explorers Localization Announced

by Donald Theriault - July 30, 2015, 6:52 am PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: SquareEnix Facebook

The hunting action/Final Fantasy fusion is coming into a loaded field.

Final Fantasy Explorers will hit the 3DS in January 2016.

The hunting action title, released in Japan last December, will come out in North America on January 26, with a European release to follow on 29 January. The game allows you to play as classic Final Fantasy characters and Lightning to take down large monsters and save the Grand Crystal.

Our own Danny Bivens had a hands-on preview of the game which you can read here, and the announcement trailer is below:

Talkback

xcwarriorJuly 30, 2015

Final Fantasy game on my 3DS? Heck yeah baby!

TOPHATANT123July 30, 2015

Now this is a surprise, although I hear it's more of an action game than an rpg, still better than nothing though.

Ian SaneJuly 30, 2015

I heard this is basically Square Enix's take on Monster Hunter.  If I want Monster Hunter why don't I just buy the real deal?  Anyway, I'm still happy about this simply because it is Square Enix localizing a game and not through Nintendo or someone else.  That gives just a shred of hope for other games, like maybe Dragon Quest.

Evan_BJuly 30, 2015

Quote from: Ian

I heard this is basically Square Enix's take on Monster Hunter.  If I want Monster Hunter why don't I just buy the real deal?

Because Explorers underperformed in Japan, so Squeenix wants to try to maximize the audience. Seeing as they know there's a dedicated fanbase for MH on 3DS in the west, it might have a second life there.

However, Final Fantasy is a recognized brand. Dragon Quest is not. So don't get your hopes up. I'd pathetically advise you to buy this if you want Squeenix to believe there's a market in the west for them, but that's a terrible reason to do so and if you don't like the gameplay style, who cares.

pokepal148July 30, 2015

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The game allows you to play as classic Final Fantasy characters and Lightning to take down large monsters and save the Grand Crystal.

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EnnerJuly 30, 2015

From what I remember on articles that skimmed Japanese impressions, Final Fantasy Explorers tilts more to the Action-RPG side in its pursuit to be a MonHun clone. So, if you found how Monster Hunter carries itself to be too idiosyncratic, then Explorers might be more palatable.


Good news to see. I was worried that the game might never come over.

Mop it upJuly 31, 2015

Good news, I wasn't sure if it would make it over.

Quote from: Ian

If I want Monster Hunter why don't I just buy the real deal?

If you want to play a platformer, why don't you just buy Mario games? I wouldn't think I'd need to explain to you the value in having different spins and ideas on the same formula... something that nearly every game does.

Ian SaneAugust 04, 2015

Quote from: Mop

Good news, I wasn't sure if it would make it over.

Quote from: Ian

If I want Monster Hunter why don't I just buy the real deal?

If you want to play a platformer, why don't you just buy Mario games? I wouldn't think I'd need to explain to you the value in having different spins and ideas on the same formula... something that nearly every game does.

I guess I should have clarified that I don't own any Monster Hunter games.  So the idea I was getting at would be that if I was to get interested in that then I might as well start on Monster Hunter itself.

Evan_BAugust 04, 2015

Again, I think Final Fantasy Explorers leans more towards being a bit more character-growth centric in its execution. Mon Hun is very loot grind-like, but Explorers has job changing and equipment wearing based on jobs, also share-able skills from class to class...

In short, it feels more... Final Fantasy ish? So I think for people who aren't totally keen on the Mon Hun thing and like their ARPG with a bit more magic and adaptability, this might be a nice fit. I also think this game will be good for people who are craving something a bit more Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles-esque.

Ian SaneAugust 04, 2015

Hopefully they throw a demo up on the eShop.  That's what sold me on Bravely Default and also gave me a good idea that Monster Hunter isn't my thing.

Mop it upAugust 07, 2015

Quote from: Ian

I guess I should have clarified that I don't own any Monster Hunter games.  So the idea I was getting at would be that if I was to get interested in that then I might as well start on Monster Hunter itself.

Ah, well the answer is still similar: some people may want Monster Hunter, but in a different/more accessible form.

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