Square Enix has announced that their latest Final Fantasy spin-off will be arriving on western shores this fall.
The game, which was released in Japan last October, is actually somewhat of a step back from recent Final Fantasy titles in the sense that it follows the traditional RPG structure. According to Producer Masashi Takahashi, the developers wanted to create a game that looked good, and at the same time made the player feel as though the were playing an NES game from the good old days.
4 Warriors of Light looks a lot like Final Fantasy III on the DS, which makes sense considering Akihiko Yoshida, who worked on both of the Final Fantasy DS remakes as well as Final Fantasy XII, and who is also toiling away at the eagerly awaited Final Fantasy XIV Online, is the art director for this game. As such, the game looks a bit on the cartoony side, though the storybook visuals and cute designs help retain the game's classic feel. Even the music has adopted the retro style, as the game's soundtrack is brimming with reorchestrated 8-bit tracks. What's more, the old-school sounds are sure to leave a lasting impression on players, as the music changes seamlessly from morning to night, and also during battles.
Taking qualities from new and old games alike in an effort to create a "new-old game" is by no means an easy task. However, 4 Warriors of Light manages to do it quite well, proving once again that high-definition graphics and deep character customization aren't required to make a good RPG.
Final Fantasy fans both old and new can get their hands on Final Fantasy: The 4 Warriors of Light on October 5 in the U.S.