Square Enix's continued experimentation with Final Fantasy multiplayer games featuring 4-player co-op continues. Today the developer revealed Final Fantasy Explorers via a teaser-site and an exclusive in the weekly Japanese manga-zine Jump. The 3DS-exclusive third-person action title, much like its Crystal Chronicles predecessors, focuses on the collection of crystal while teams up with three friends.
Of course, it wouldn't be a true Final Fantasy title without a job system would it? Final Fantasy Explorers will let players pick between at least four classes: the knight, the monk, the black mage and the white mage. Together they'll form into a holy trinity of tank, DPS and healing respectively. United, they'll take on some organization of summoned creatures which will require them to work together. It's unclear at this point, but more jobs could be revealed down the line.
Other than the core cooperative gameplay Final Fantasy Explorers will also feature a large variety of weapons to choose from. I'm unsure if that means each class will have its own weapon with different tiers, or each class can use multiple different weapons with different positives and negatives. No other systems or mechanics have yet to be detailed.
Final Fantasy Explorers has no scheduled release window, nor is it confirmed for any territory except for Japan. It's a 3DS exclusive being developed internally at Square Enix, and is most likely going to follow in the wake of Crystal Chronicles and Four Heroes of Light, though its been over four years since a game of this sort has been released for a handheld or console platform. It'll be exciting to see how Square Enix will reboot the style.