Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden Revealed

By Ishaan . July 1, 2009 . 9:06am


Ahh Jump, I knew we could count on either you or Famitsu to let the cat out of the bag before the teaser site. What fun is a countdown without leaks anyway?


Square Enix’s latest teaser is for Hikari no Yon Senshi: Final Fantasy Gaiden (Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden), which goes back to a trademark we uncovered exactly a month ago. The game isn’t Romancing Saga IV or Seiken Densetsu or Crystal Chronicles, all of which were the subject of speculation last week.


Hikari no Yon Senshi is a standard turn-based RPG for the DS. You play as a 14-year-old protagonist who has to save a princess. Since you’re so big and strong, naturally this task is given to you by the King himself, whose daughter has been kidnapped by a witch.


The game seems to allow you to customize the equipment of your four-man party, and the changes are all reflected on the actual 3D models. The party consists of characters you meet along the way, so you’ll probably be able to choose between several different characters. No mention is made of whether or not you’ll be able to ride the chubby dragon featured on the teaser site.


IGN note that the battle screens are missing the MP meter, and instead feature a “Charge” command. Perhaps this allows you to charge up elemental attacks or limit breaks?


Character designs are by Akihiko Yoshida, who’s worked on character designs for the Ivalice game and the Final Fantasy III remake for DS. He’s also in charge of art direction for Final Fantasy XIV. Although, I can’t tell whether it’s the quality of the scans or the game itself, but those screens don’t look very good compared to Square’s other DS games…

  • Too bad this isn’t 100% 2D. But at any rate, I’m very interested in this game.

  • bonafide

    I haven’t played a lot of games where the changes of your equipment (besides the weapons) are reflected on your characters. I can remember a few like Legend of Legaia on the Playstation, Radiata Stories on the Playstation 2, and the upcoming Dragon Quest IX on the DS (I think). Anyway, hopefully we see more games like that in the future, especially with console’s capabilities in this generation.

    The game doesn’t look THAT bad graphic-wise, but it doesn’t look that good either. I just hope it’ll be a game worth playing and remembering when it comes out.

  • s

    Looks kind of like that sega RPG with the Etrian Odessey Art Director.
    The models need outlines. (Like Dragon Quest IX.)
    Still i’m looking forward to more info!

    • Ah 7th Dragon! Yeah, the nose-less characters design looks similar.

  • Lucky

    Yoshida’s art style is amazing. (: I wish there was a Monk class character in this game.

    Graphics don’t look that horrible, they will probably be better / more refined later…

    • I think the graphics are pretty good. I mean this isn’t supposed to be a high resolution Final Fantasy game, the concept of Final Fantasy Gaiden is a simpler version of the series with classic charm.

  • Aw! Those little characters are so cute. And a ride-able dragon would be a nice change of pace from an airship.

    • Ereek

      I agree! I loved FFV’s dragons.

  • older monk

    jeeeeeeez! there’s so many shallow comments above me. are graphics really that important to everyone? (for me, no)

  • This is the first FF title that I’m actually anticipating. I petered off around X, but this one might drag me back in.

  • thebanditking

    Wow, another DS RPG……..totally did not see this one coming…

  • jarrodand

    Looks awesome. I get the 7th Dragon vibe from the visuals too.

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