Square Enix’s 25th Anniversary Prank Turns Final Fantasy Type-0 Into A Dating Sim

By Spencer . September 2, 2012 . 4:39am

Have you ever dreamt about a Final Fantasy meets Hakuoki mashup? Square Enix spent part of their Future of Final Fantasy presentation showcasing a fake video game. Tokimeki Final Fantasy: Suzaku Magic Institution Peristylium ~ Oh no! I’m in Love With the Crystal’s Divine Guardian ~ isn’t real, but Final Fantasy Type-0 director Hajime Tabata spent quite a bit of time imagining it.


The story centers on Khalia Chival XVI who just joined the magic academy. "Players" will have school schedules to follow and you can learn new abilities using the faux Active Lesson System. The goal of the game is to fall in love with various male characters from Final Fantasy Type-0.


Tabata further teased fans saying this is a smartphone game developed with the new Luminous Engine. Even though Square Enix is starting to develop otome games Tokimeki Final Fantasy isn’t going to come out – it’s just a joke.

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  • Yumii 123

    Otome game Final Fantasy? Closest thing would probably be Wand of Fortune or Atelier Elkrone.

  • l777l

    Yeah, I’d prefer turning Type-0 into an English release.

    • majestix1988

      maybe lets do the same thing on BRS Incident( who post asking for english release then boom success but its DL game with Limited Edition Only)

      • I would be happy with that but SE is not localizing Type-0 ever because they are jerks. And I know people will say no its because they are a business and blah blah blah. Sure they are a business but they should try to please their fans.

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          Thing is, at this point, how many copies would FF Type-0 sell? The PSP wasn’t popular in the west to begin with and with the PSV coming out, stores themselves unofficially killed the system. Most Gamestop (in America) and GAME (in Europe) stores don’t even sell PSPs anymore~.

          Don’t get me wrong, I’m one of the many butt hurt people that will always pine for not getting to play this game, but I’ve to be realistic too, it’d be a dumb corporative move to localize that game so late in a system’s life~.

          • TouchSatori

            Port it to iOS.. It will sell buttloads

          • No. Just no. Erase your comment immediately. *barfs*

          • Ryos

            Knowing Square, that’s probably what they’ll end up doing since the PSP is dead here and the Vita’s not much better. :(

          • I don care as long as its in english lol.

            But haters gonna hate.

          • occupysuzaku

            How much it would sell is none of our concern. It is up to Square Enix; platform distribution and marketing.

            Regardless, it doesn’t matter. Even if it falls down to a niche game, the fanbase deserves to have the chance to BUY it.

            They’ve released much worse and unimportant games.

          • Well if it’s a DL version people could just play it on their Vita(Trust me on this people will buy anything they can get their hands on just to play something on their vita)

  • thundergodCN

    Seems legit

  • Enma_Kozato

    A joke I would shamelessly buy. This reminds me of that Love Bleach video I saw a few years back.

    • Göran Isacson

      Ha ha I remember that one. Gin said he would aim straight for your heart (with his zanpakuto) and Kenpachi would only bother with you if you could provide a decent fight. Hilarious send-up, me thinks.

  • Tabata has a sense of humor.   So boss.

  • Lisa Fraulein

    Oh damn. For a second there, I thought my dream came true.

  • komiko12

    Hehe. They probably thought “since we like making pretty boys and girls, let’s just make a dating sim.” It’s a very funny joke.

  • RadShiro

    It’s funny because it would actually sell gangbusters.

    Never underestimate the fangirls.

  • Roses4Aria

    And here I was, actually getting excited, lol.  Now this game I would definitely buy and play the heck out of. :)

  • Aunna Terrell

    lol, Square… Don’t underestimate the power and the voice of the fangirls. XD They’ll find someway to convince you to make it or they’ll make it themselves.

    But being a fan of otome games, I’d totally buy the game, if it was ever created. (Even though I don’t have a smartphone yet…)

  • William Carpenter

    I’m kind of surprised Squeenix has a sense of humor about their games. They always seem to take themselves so seriously.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      They do have sense of humor just the fanbase loves to suck it right out of them by putting them on blast on just about everything.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Yo SE.^_^….. If this is real, i am really going to buy the game there lol. Hell, they can also can make a FF spin off game with us as the male getting to choose the female char from all FF series.^_^

  • Göran Isacson

    Ha ha, “pink Final Fantasy”. Don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m staying far away from the guy with the Caith Sith-doll on his head. You just KNOW he’s using that doll as a remote controlled spy cam to do all SORTS of things…

    Anyhow- while this seem like a really funny video, I’m afraid I can’t understand it enough to appreciate all the gags. Can’t wait until some gentle soul releases the translation, and it’s nice to see Square Enix being willing to have a laugh every now and then.

    Now, a dating sim that actually involves all the handsome men and gorgeous women of the FF universe COULD be quite interesting. It could also be pretty hilarious if they keep all the relationships from the games intact. Try to mack on Cloud? WHOOPS SEPHIROTH WANTS TO STAB YOU. Mack on Zidane? Garnet is not amused, and vice versa. Rikku should be rather safe, but make a move on Lulu and you’ll have an angry beach ball coming your way!

    … Oh and her black magic which could disintegrate you on the spot, I guess. But still man, that beach ball. You better WATCH yourself.

  • Even though I’m a guy but I will still buy/watch this lol (^.^;)
    FF otome game/galgame sounds fun enough. After all, so many bishies and bishoujos.

  • keithmaxx

    The biggest irony would be if this “made-up” otome game was the one that got localized and sold to the rest of the world. O.o

    • That wouldn’t be irony it would be stupidity and piss of so many people.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FopyRHHlt3M

    Day by day, I just can’t take SE seriously…

    • lol I miss that show. It was amazing.

  • Godmars

    So on top of everything else, turning FF13 into it a sub-franchise within the franchise, teasing a FF7 remake, no mention of Type-0 in the West, Versus in limbo, you’re just plain up trolling with made up titles now.

    Not even surprised by this… 

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Its called having a sense of humor man your post would fit well with all the other tight asses on andriasang.

      • Godmars

        Sorry, but if you haven’t noticed or are still giving them leeway in light of the photo and video “errors” that happened with Xbox version of the game getting PS3 shots, accepted that the PS3 FF7 tech demo was only that, something they then said they couldn’t do well after the system’s release only confusing why they went to the trouble in the first place or not even bothered that Last Remnant for the PS3 is still on a top twenty most wanted list in Japan though its been long canceled, you’re just a better gamer than I.

        I don’t want anything to do with Lightning’s saga because of its connection with a story I lost interest in, I have no faith in Versus because of how so many HD console projects have thus turned out, and I’m a bit thinned skinned about any comment Square makes because of a now firm belief there’s either nothing behind, or nothing which no long pertains to me. Someone who’s been following them from the beginning. I should really just stay away from Square-related topics in general.

        Starting now I think I will. Enjoy.  

        • Scrooge_McDuck

          Oh come on now. Squaresoft has already done the tech demo thing since the PSX era. They did it with FF6 for PSX and FF8 for PS2, while always saying that it’s just a tech demo.

          You may have a point with your other complaints, but that one… people bring that up all the time and it really bugs me.

  • MrRobbyM

    “smartphone game developed with the new Luminous engine”


    • Aunna Terrell

      That~ was my favorite part of the article

  • Foofin Around

    Not gonna lie: This actually looks like it could be really interesting.  I mean, who has played through a Final Fantasy game and HASN’T wished they could take some of the relationships further?  Because I know I almost always want to for any game I play, and especially with the few FFs I’ve played.

    If SE did this, there would always be some fans that get mad.  But there’s the potential for an audience that likes dating sims.  I don’t know, if they actually did it, I might bite.  But that’s just me. (^_^)

    • I’d be sort of dissapointed, the romantic development from Final Fantasy IV VI VII VIII IX X XIII would turn into garbage with this.
      *Imagines YunaxSeymour ending*
      Brr… *Shivers* Fanfics would go crazy!

      Unless if for IV you play as Rosa and you have to pick between Cecil or Kain and yet still it’d be sorta disturbing, at least for me.

      I have no idea what happens in Type-0 but if there’s no particular romance focus on it then I guess it’d be okay with it.

      Just saiyan.

      • OatMatadoQuatro

        Dude! If they decided to get even further than Atlus with Persona 4 Golden (where you can hit on Teddie…), they could make all fanfics go true!

        • *Shivers further*
          … Wait.

          *Imagines doing an AerithXCaitSith savefile*
          GAHAHAHAHAHAA! Take that Hoerith! >:D

        • Elemiel

           I can hit on Teddie?! :O
          Gah, I don’t have any money for a Vita or Atlus!!!!

  • Sweet Sui ♥

    “Have you ever dreamt of a Final Fantasy meets Hakuoki mashup?”
    Hell to the yes~ Square Enix meet my money. You can have it all (*w*) I’d love to romance me some Final Fantasy bish-

    Oh, it’s a…fake game? .__. Ha…ha… so funny. Of course I was just joking around… why would I *ever* buy a game like that? That would make me fangirl or something… oh wait, I am one ^_^””
    /is actually kind of disappointed XD LOL

    • revenent hell

      sad note is I would buy this “fake” game day one. I know alot of people dont care for otome games outside of Japan but …I want this game lol

      • Sweet Sui ♥

        Same here~ I’d buy it in an instant ^_^ It’s really disappointing how few otomes make it over to western territories :( It’s true that there’s virtually no gameplay in dating sims- at most a couple choices or a minigame here or there- but I find them oddly appealing. I really like otomes for their stories and characters beyond all else (Hakuouki being one of my favorites around) and I’d definitely like to see more of them excceed the boundaries of Japan. And if there ever was an otome that could possibly get the entire genre known to the rest of the word, it would be a Final Fantasy one seeing how popular the series is already worldwide ^_^

        But, since this is simply a fake, then that’s too bad :( We can still dream at least XD lol

        • revenent hell

          So so true…..Mabey one day it wont be a fake…..:D

      • *raises hand* I buy the game to support SE ya know. /tsuntsun

  • z_merquise

    Too late for April Fools?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething


  • occupysuzaku

    Yeah, very funny. They’re having laughs there while we cringe here.

    • Cringing at the idea of the game and how bad it would be or the fact that they are doing yet another pointless niche game or the fact that it is indeed a joke instead of real?

      • occupysuzaku

        The fact that we have no localized version of the game they’re joking about.

        • Oh. Yah… well they are in Japan so they couldn’t care a hoot about us US/UK gamers.

          • Luna Kazemaru

             They most likely try to care but get sick of the crying so yeah :U

          • I don’t honestly think they hear most (all) of what their fans say or do.

          • Luna Kazemaru

             Honestly If I got put on blast for just about everything I do I wouldn’t want to do jack aswell. :V

          • Well I would try my best to do what people wanted. But that is me as a person. Not as a business. So I suppose that is a bias I have?

          • Luna Kazemaru

             Its not really a bias

          • Hmm… well… I suppose not but still.

  • Curan_Altea

    I would’ve played this. If for nothing more then the ridiculous factor. A Suzaku school sim wouldn’t be the worst game though. 

  • Aah hahahahaha!

    Ha haa… ha…

    • OatMatadoQuatro

      “Meanwhile in the West…”

      • Luna Kazemaru

         There is QQ across the boards story at 11

      • Anesia Hunter

        Gamers are rioting over SE not localizing FF Type-0 and for SE making TWEWY: Solo Mix for iOS.

  • Square Enix…I know this is a joke and all…but y’all are just a buncha jerks now.

    • And what I mean by that – I mean I was expecting something BIGGER. I was really looking forward to what sort of announcement they had for the Future of FF, and all we get is ”
      “Tetsuya Nomura wanted to give the message that he’ll soon show the future of Final Fantasy.”” and a 15 minute prank. =’| You make me weep, Enix. You make me, weep.

  • Reiko_Chan

     Im actually disappointed. I would have bought this game in a heartbeat. xD

  • evilmoogle

    pretty boys and final fantasy? nothing new.
    I mean look at FF13versus. 

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Shame that your good idea was just an imagination. Sucks to be you I guess…

    Well, I guess you deserve some credit. You raised Sleeping Dogs from the dead, and that was one smart decision on your part.

  • Nicolas Vasquez

    they could had put a little more effort on the prank to make it more fun, at the very least give it proper color to the illustrations, i mean, look at what fans can come up for a prank:

  • rurin

    If only it was real T^T

  • Alyson Mercer

    I wasn’t opposed to it.

    Someday, Ace and Trey…someday! 
    …although these new guys are pretty cute too. :3

  • Lazulis

    I’d buy the heck out of this though…!

  • Zonic505

    1.) Take this concept.

    2.) Expand it to include characters from all FF games, allowing you to date females like Terra, Tifa, and Yuffie, and males like Cloud, Zidane, & Tidus. Either separate games or a single one.

    3.) ????????

    4.) PROFIT

    I got a good laugh out of this, especially considering some of the designs of the male characters &/or their clothing. Heck, maybe they wanted to gauge reaction & see how people would react if they said it was a joke before actually making it. Either way, always glad to see a game company with a sense of humor.

  • eilegz

    so im still waiting for type 0 for america… 

  • LaserVision

    Yes. Square Enix is trolling YOU. Never mind that it was a harmless joke at an event in Japan made and written in Japanese intended for a Japanese audience. God. Lighten up.

  • Daniel Morandi

    Where is my FF waifu simulator? in that game Lightning should make her great return xD

  • Keitaro004

    A game like this for PS Vita would’ve skyrocketed it’s sales all over the world

  • Nicholas Yee

    I cant watch the video :(

  • Darkrise

    I can’t watch the video either =/ Well, time to start hunting on youtube. I would’ve actually loved to try it out if it was real.

  • brian yep

    They blocked it for copyright reasons?
    I’m guessing they have some intention of profiting from it.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       No they don’t because it was made to be a joke for the anniversary

  • I wouldn’t have been interested unless there was a BL option. But there never is, so meh. It woulda been nice to see official 8/Jack artwork. 

  • Mazdian

    ;_; video’s been blocked by Square Enix.

  • The video was removed. Sad..

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