The Man Who Created Final Fantasy’s ATB Battle System Made An iOS Card Game

By Spencer . September 13, 2012 . 2:00pm

guarcHiroyuki Ito revolutionized Final Fantasy with the Active Time Battle system. Now, Ito is taking a stab at changing card battling games with Guardian Cross. Akira Oguro, character designer on Final Fantasy IV: The After Years and Final Fantasy: Dimensions, designed characters for Guardian Cross too. Final Fantasy XI composer Naoshi Mizuta made music for the game.


In Guardian Cross, players tame Guardians using a magic rifle. Then you can train Guardians and put them in a deck to battle other players. Guardian Cross has over 180 different Guardians in the game and some of them look a lot like their Final Fantasy equivalent.


Guardian Cross is available now as a free download for iOS devices.


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  • Eliézer Dos Santos

    I only want the ilustrations.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Card battle + ATB? If he pulls this off it could be ground breaking.

    • I think of baten kaitos :/ haven’t played it in a long time.

  • Just downloaded. Hopefully this mixture of the ATB creator and a card game turns out to be as epic as it sounds. 

  • Oh hey, I’ve been wondering what Ito’s been up to since FF12. Hoping Square Enix does the smart thing and puts him behind the wheel for FF15.

    • ShinGundam

      ATB-kai is superior they should give a chance for the dude who created that system not Itou.

      •  sorry , Itou can create ATB kai easily if he want but he is not in charge of making action RPG , you should read more about him before make some nonsense comment like this .

  • echokanon

    enter invitation ID NS00829(note: NS are capital ) when you register to receive a rare card (FFXIV crossovers) at start! :)

  • Uhm, is it in english ? :( 

    • Ian Malcolm

      Yes it is. So far it’s been a pretty fun game, but I’m a bit worried about it turning into a grind later on. 

      If you use my code, JG11928 (all caps), when you register in the game, we both get a rare card.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Ito is the one who should be heading up the FF series…the ones he makes tend to become classics. 

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    So, this time we will get ATB system on Card game? SOLD SQ.^_^

    And the illustration there for the monster there looks damn nice lol.While there are some a bit moe monster there,Caith Sith looks cool like Dark Knight lol.^_^ Hell the sword they are using looks suspiciously like FF2 MC weapon there.^_^

  • neo_firenze

    “Final Fantasy XI composer Naoshi Mizuta made music for the game.”

    THIS is why I’ve been anxiously awaiting the US release of the game for several months now.  Mizuta is a first rate composer – his FFXI stuff in particular has consistently excellent throughout the expansions, and his other projects are good too (the soundtrack is probably my favorite aspect of Blood of Bahamut).  Off to download!

  • I hope he’ll direct FF game or any RPG for console/handheld after this.

  • Downloaded, now its time to try this baby out =)

  • Mnstrzero00

    And mine isn’t loading…

  • a trainable monsters card game?
    it reminds me of “DIGIMON card arena/Digital card battle” where you can power UP you partner Card

  • neetyneety

    I just don’t understand why the game still requires an always-on internet connection when all the art assets seem to be built in the app already (it has a pretty big file size in comparison to those other apps which just serve as an entry way app to play some browser game). Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll be missing out on this gem simply because of that fact. A shame since it looks really promising with some pretty good production values for a card game.

  • Remind me of Sword Girls Online… it’s been a while since I last play it, I’m sure I missed a lot already…

  • Use invite code MX58826 and get a free rare card.  Friend invite Mojamba and I’ll send you random cards to help you level quickly.  Friend slots are limited so do it sooner than later.

  • echokanon

    enter invitation ID NS00829(note: NS are capital ) when you register to receive a rare card (FFXIV / XI crossovers) at start! :)

  • AnimusVox

    Dat artwork.

  • This game is awesome.  I’m playing it now, and really enjoying myself. If you want to play it, use my referal code ZS06757 and both of us will get a limited edition Final Fantasy card. On top of that, I will give you one of my rares that I’m not using. I have spare Jinns, Sphinxs, Furfur etc.

  • PoweredByHentai

    Friend code RN05771. You can find me as PoweredByH.

    Friend me so that we can both earn the IRON MAIDEN (Machine) and VAMPIRE LORD (Undead) ladies.  :D

    You know that they’re made of win and awesome.  :D

  • PoweredbyHentai, that’s a load of bull. -___-
    Unless you’re GIVING them away, there’s no way for either you or your referee to get Iron Maiden or Vampire Lord just by friending you. The current rewards for referrals is Mandragora, Spriggan, Moggle King, Cerberus and Lord of Inferno.

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