There have been plenty of spin-off Final Fantasy games over the years including ones that fall into the racing, fighting and strategy categories. The 3DS title ‘Theatrhythm Final Fantasy’ is the first time in the franchise’s 25-year history that the rhythm genre has been tapped into, which is strange when you consider just how well-loved many of the games’ soundtracks are.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy was released in Japan last month but it wasn’t certain if we’d ever see the game arrive on our shores. Thankfully Square Enix has seen fit to publish it in European territories and recently announced a summer 2012 release window (i.e. third quarter) for the game.
Here’s some information on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy courtesy of Square Enix’s latest press release:
“THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY is a celebration of the greatest musical moments from the history of the FINAL FANTASY series. Developed by rhythm game veteran indieszero, SQUARE ENIX brings more than 70 musical scores spanning 25 years to THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY, alongside beautiful new environments and movie scenes from the original games. THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY will reawaken the magic and the memories that have brought the series close to the hearts of so many.
Choose your heroes! Unite four of your favourite FINAL FANTASY heroes, and play through your favourite music from the series
Tackle unique stage styles! Tap and slide along to the rhythm to adventure and fight through three different stage styles: Field, Battle, and Event
Play your way! A wide range of difficulty levels allow beginners and rhythm masters alike to join in the fun
Reap the rewards! Complete different stages and level up your characters to unlock new music, movie scenes and more, all of which can be revisited in the ‘Museum’”
Personally, I’m looking forward to reliving some of the deeply affecting pieces of music by veteran Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. Uematsu scored the main series for almost twenty years and has worked on countless other high profile RPGs such as Chrono Trigger and Lost Odyssey.
We’ll bring you an exact release date for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy as soon as it’s announced. Until then, feel free to browse through El33tonline’s previous coverage of the game.