Final Fantasy All the Bravest Coming To iOS; Uses Active Time Battle System

By Ishaan . January 16, 2013 . 10:05am

Square Enix’s recent “All the Bravest” trademark was for Final Fantasy All the Bravest, an iOS RPG starring characters from the Final Fantasy series. The game is already available on the New Zealand and Japanese iOS App Stores and is headed to North America today.


Final Fantasy All the Bravest uses the series’ Active Time Battle system and has you continuously battling enemies to progress through the game’s stages. When your ATB gauge fills up, you can tap a character to attack. Tapping multiple characters performs attacks in quick succession.


Additionally, once every three hours, a “Fever” option will appear. Once you’ve activated this, you’ll be able to attack without waiting for the ATB gauge to fill back up, as long as the Chocobo-themed music is playing. The goal during the Fever events is to deal as much damage as possible before Fever runs out.


Final Fantasy All the Bravest includes over 20 different jobs from the series. The soundtrack, too, is taken right out of Final Fantasy and comprises of over 30 songs from the series, the majority off which are the battle themes from various FF games.


Final Fantasy All the Bravest costs $3.99 in North America, but there are additional purchases to be made, too. The in-game shop will allow the player to buy 35 “famous characters” from a number of Final Fantasy games. The catch is that you won’t be able to choose who to buy—you’ll get a random character, and each one costs $0.99.


Finally, additional stages from Final Fantasy VII, X and XIII will be available for purchase, too. These cost $3.99 each.


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  • Jordan Marsman

    *sigh* There goes my hopes of a FFV complete remake instead of a port.

  • Mithfalath

    At this point in time, I seriously want to ask why they are even releasing iOS exclusives and not port it to Android as well?

    • Anime10121

      Exactly, as I will not buy an overpriced and outdated the day you buy it IPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch just for these exclusive Square games! Apple products, with or without contracts are price gouged to the highest extent, and the fact that they come with miniscule amounts of memory that cant be updated, I just can not buy Apple :(

      But past all that, at least the game “looks” and “sounds” fun, this seems more anniversary worthy than Theatrythm, even though that game is fantastic and will be hard to top, All the Bravest just seems to be a bigger homage to the entire Final Fantasy heritage by not just focusing on the music, but everything else too!

      • $36598391

        At least Theatrhythm wasn’t released on cellphones

        • Anime10121

          Well technically it was, although much later than the 3DS version :D

    • Elvick

      Android takes longer to develop for, given all the different hardware out there. Even then there’s always people whining about capability issues.

      Give it time, I really doubt it’ll stay on iOS. They’ve already put some of their other games on Android.

  • Omikuji

    Welp. I want to say I am a bit disappoint because it’s not a remake, but I can’t because I already really want it. I really can’t be mad at something that came totally out of left field and looks really nifty.

  • BizarreJelly

    Oh wow ANOTHER iOS game, joy. I really wanted all the bravest to be Bravely Default.

    • How does a Behemoth from FF VI, something from a sprite-based game, in the teaser image translate to Bravely Default, which is a polygon-based game?

      • BizarreJelly

        It doesn’t, they trademarked “all the bravest” a few months ago which lead many to believe it would be bravely default.

  • Oni123

    Lol cloud =) i see terra in there too

    If they port it over to the psn or nintendo store i would probably get this.

  • Go2hell66

    so who’s mad?

    • Morricane

      I’m dancing mad.

    • I think a better question here is who foresaw an iOS game/port? I mean that’s pretty much the story every time when we see little teasers like this. I’m not entirely certain why this surprises anyone that is fuming.

      I understand people wanting things but there is a whole ‘read between the lines’ bit. I don’t get how a picture of a Behemoth from Final Fantasy VI, and other sprites that are reminiscent to V and VI in the teaser image translates to Bravely Default, for instance.

      I’m sure people are disappointed about things not being announced but some common sense on what they should be disappointed about would help.

  • WTF Square? Sure this looks fun and entertaining. But with All The Bravest and the teaser of yesterday, you just shattered hopes of 1) a Bravery Default localisation, 2) a much needed FFV remake which hasnt been released since the GBA days and 3) a much needed FF VI remake which also hasnt been released since the GBA days. Not counting PSN…

    Terrible terrible, community management and product revealing here Square. Still the game looks fun and seems like a good time-waster once I beat FF Dimensions.

    • $36598391

      I got FF Dimensions for free due to Gamestop offering 20$ store credit for christmas, i got two 10$ google play cards

      It’s unplayable for me though because I can’t use the keyboard to play the game
      Having to tap the touch screen repeatedly on my android phone is too much of a chore and makes it hard to enjoy the game

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    O.o even if this is for iOS, this actually looks interesting.^^

  • To be fair, most of us had guessed it was another iOS cash grab. At least it’s not some 30 dollar port.

    And for being 4 bucks plus whatever else you decided to sink into it, it honestly doesn’t look half bad for a cheap one-off.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    called it

  • hadjimurad

    all expectations aside, this game looks pretty awesome for what it is.

  • Aaron Pinsley

    A reasonably priced iOS RPG from Square? I’m as shocked as anyone. I guess the real question is whether or not you “randomly” unlock a new character for .99, or in true gashapon style, you can get a dupe of an existing character you have.

  • $36598391

    Is this some social rpg?

    I’d rather see the Saga Series get some attention
    Square Enix should release a collection of all the Saga games like Nintendo did with the Kirby aniversary collection

  • A fine troll for BDFF fans and a shameless cashgrab in the effect it is similar to Gashapon games.

    • Yes I’m sure an entire corporation run by grown adults has nothing better to do than ‘troll’ fans

  • Pockystix

    way to troll Square

    • In case people forgot, I would like to bring up a quote from the only other article on All The Bravest on the site (so far):

      “Of course, All the Bravest could also be something else entirely, so try not to get your hopes too high until we have further information on this front.”

      • They’re either going to like it or hate it at this point. I don’t think pointing it out is going to do much good. It’s almost as bad as old people and politics.

  • Strain42

    I don’t like SquareEnix, but I love iOS gaming…but SE is not good at pricing when it comes to iOS gaming, and it makes it really hard for me to give the slightest damn about any of their games.

    Whenever I do see one for a decent price, I always wonder what the catch is going to be. I knew as soon as I saw $3.99 I wouldn’t want to keep reading ’cause I knew I wasn’t going to like what followed…

    99 cents for a new character actually isn’t all that bad, but I’d prefer it immensely if we got to choose who we were buying.

    I just hope they set it up so that you can’t get doubles of people.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Random unlocking for real money?!?
    SE im dissapoint…

    • QBninja01

      Oh Yugioh cards, random cards a packet, not knowing which one you will get? Also buying with real money?

  • Randy Marsh

    The battle system looks like a damn mess!

  • doubletaco

    Aww, I was predicting an iOS port of the FF5 GBA port.

    Oh, well. I was half right. Though at this point “iOS game” is pretty much a gimme.

  • Elvick

    Not being able to buy whoever you want outright is dumb.

    Otherwise, I’d be down for this.

  • Junko Enoshima

    So…no Bravely Default? Square just doesn’t get what people really want.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      As others have noted, this may be the kind of thing the Japanese audience wants. The ability to play on the go over limited periods of time with familiar characters at a cost that is not overly obscene.

      • Yes, because $4+$35+$12=$51 isn’t obscene for a shallow and soulless iOS screen tapper, honest. Not to mention the gross over-reliance on “golden hourglass” IAP which you will need to beat some of the later enemies/bosses, unless of course you like waiting hours for the timer to replenish your team.

      • epy

        Honest question: As a mod here, do you get to voice your opinions or do you have to always play devil’s advocate to keep the discussion in perspective?

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Sharing my own opinion is something I continue to do here, plenty of times. This thread is just a case where yes, it is important to understand that outside the western experience, the smartphone has become a console platform and deserves that level of respect. I’d mod a post that says ‘xbox sucks’ — this is really no different.

          Feel free to check the entirety of my posts when I’m not modding some misbehavior — you’ll see the same views are there. I was the instigator on the Great Yandere Debate of 2011, after all.

      • Considering what gacha is to the eastern world including Japan and Korea, you’re probably right.

        Guarantee people will fund it. There’s a reason why FFXI is giving them the most money out of anything in the franchise. It’s silly not to expand on that and get money – it’s just business. At the same time, the more they get, the more they can get people exactly what they want in the future.

        I don’t see how people miss this. Games just don’t appear from thin air just because people want them. You actually have to afford to develop them. This definitely helps that along.

    • Elvick

      I am a people, and I enjoy a huge array of different things.

    • Agreed not like back when they were SQUARESOFT.

  • David Thompson

    I think it looks like a lot of fun. You haters forget that mobile gaming is popular in japan. I’m just glad they bother to release these over here.

    • $36598391

      also keep in mind that they don’t force touch screen controls on their Japanese releases

  • Before anybody proceeds to accuse Square of “trolling” or anything of the sort, please remember that all the information we had before this are a trademark and two domains with the same name. In other words, there was virtually no information beyond the name “All The Bravest”.

  • All I can do is ask why and just face palm.

  • Wake

    It isn’t really the idea of ios gaming that vexes me, it’s when they have teasers or countdowns and the revelation is just an ios game, that’s what gets me. Just a little bit of restraint with the teasers/countdowns would be nice, just save that stuff up when it’s actually a game worth having a teaser/countdown for.

  • ragingmerifes

    Yay! More incomplete games I will have to buy characters for and play on the japanese iPhone I don’t have!

  • neo_firenze

    $4 for the base game.
    $35 for all of the extra characters (randomly chosen), assuming they don’t let you get “doubles” of characters you already have.
    $12 for the three additional stages.

    $51 for the complete game and all initial DLC…

    Jeez, S-E. I think of myself as a supporter of legitimate games on iOS. I really love a lot of iOS games, including many by Square Enix (Chaos Rings series, FF Dimensions, Drakerider, Demon’s Score, etc.) But this is reeeeeealy pushing it for a game that isn’t even a full scale RPG.

    Not to mention that ignoring announcing Bravely Default for non-Japanese markets and naming this something uncomfortably similar is just BEGGING for bitterness from people who want desperately to be fans of the company’s games. Much like TWEWY iOS was not a bad release at all, but the tease of a full on TWEWY sequel without squashing that buzz right away is almost mocking your fans.

    • saxophone15

      Why not just stick with the base game. Do you really need to buy all the extras?

      • Nope. You don’t. Just like you can play most MMOs and things of that nature for free yet some people can’t help but drop money on it. The idea is to do what you like about the game while funding Squeenix.

        Of course you could get ridiculous like some people that make a game out of how much money they spend on microtransactions weekly but at that point you may as well be a gambler. Take Pangya for example – read their forums sometime. It’s a real fun read in some cases when they keep up with each other with the tens, hundreds and sometimes even thousand they spend on a game weekly.

  • AkuLord3

    Oh SE…you never disappoint…of showing disappointment~

  • NOw now Square-Enix. When will you revolutionize the ATB like you did back in your SquareSoft days. FFIV-FFVII & IX had a great ATB system, and one of my top FAvorite SQUARESOFT games “XENOGEARS” had a kickass ATB system.

  • I guess this’ll put Squeenix in some revenue.
    Now Square-Enix next time you say your console release sales are shit. DONT SAY IT WHEN YOU HAVEN’T RELEASED MANY CONSOLE BASED GAMES AS MUCH AS DURING THE PS2 GENERATION. sigh. We can see you are milking FFXIII & Lightning to death when you mostly ignore our responses in many cases regarding “Final Fantasy Versus XIII”.

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  • komiko12

    I don’t know… I mean, it looks like the in-game characters are just Bartz in his many jobs. Then you have to buy the other characters like Esper Terra and Cloud. I don’t really say things like this but it is definitely a cheap cash-in.

  • Sam Park

    Looks very convoluted but very innovative

  • QBninja01

    Looks fun! Though bummed about the random character thing, I don’t care what people say. Its like buying yugio cards and with each packet comes with random cards. So yeah don’t blame them for your complaints. They do what dthey do its their choice.

  • Guest

    what the fuckkk man???! SE, you’re Ruining “FF” names worsen than FF XIV

  • Sergio Briceño

    When it comes to smartphone games I see 3 distinct categories:

    1) The games that are really bad.
    2) The games that are actually good.
    3) The games that try too hard to be good and fail miserably.

    Nostalgia aside, and I know because I’ve never played another FF aside from XIII, I think this game is going to fall into the third category. Smartphone games should remain simple and not take themselves seriously. They will never be masterpieces but they can at least avoid being flops.

    Seriously, I have no idea what I just saw in the video. Would you guys even pay $1.99 for this if it was called RPGmania or something like that?

  • Jirin

    Yeah…this game doesn’t look like it’s a whole lot of fun to actually play. It seems like to get any value from the game you have to spend more than the value it will return. Note the game is designed to constantly remind you how much money you haven’t spent yet, with the percentages shoved in your face all the time.

    Seems like Final Fantasy of the World: Radiant Exploitology

    Ni No Kuni comes out next week right? Call me when they make FFVI: The War Of The Magi.

  • …………………………………………………………..ok….so kotaku was right

  • gamefreak86

    A turn based jrpg I’ve wanted since ff9 and it goes to iOS? Good thing never day one buy from square anymore.

  • Barrylocke89

    The game itself does look kinda cool, but I really don’t like the idea of randomly unlocking characters every time you do an ingame purchase.

  • *cackle*

  • Göran Isacson

    On the one hand, I kinda like the idea of HUGE parties attacking an enemy in quick succession, but having to buy every party member is… not so fun.

    So, yeah. I’m hoping they’ll use the mechanics for this in some other, non-freemium game sometime down the line. That is all.

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