Dissidia And Theatrhythm Were Made To Introduce Final Fantasy To A New Generation Of Fans

By Sato . November 18, 2013 . 2:45am

In an interview with Japanese magazines this week, Square Enix producer Ichiro Hazama, known for his work on the Dissidia and Kingdom Hearts series, along with The World Ends with You, shares his thoughts on wanting to make a new Dissidia, and to also do a special something for Chrono Trigger’s 20th anniversary.

 

“I want to make a new Dissidia, and we intend to do so. The people who’ve worked on the previous titles have also stated their desire to make a new one, too,” says Hazama.

 

“When you ask kids in their teens about their favorite Final Fantasy titles, Final Fantasy Type-0 and Dissidia are more popular than the main-numbered series,” shares the producer, while mentioning that there are many who were still children when they first experienced playing Dissidia Final Fantasy.

 

During the interview, Hazama also mentions his talks with Yoshinori Kitase who revealed that the Dissidia series and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy were both key titles, responsible for introducing the series to a new generations of fans from elementary and middle school ages.

 

Additionally, the hit SNES title, Chrono Trigger, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in a little over a year. For the occasion, Hazama states his desire to connect Chrono Trigger’s original story writer, Yuji Horii (also known as the father of the Dragon Quest series,) with former Squaresoft producer and director Hironobu Sakaguchi, to create the “ultimate dot-art” game. However, he states that the hurdles are high and might be difficult to do.


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  • Dark Zerato

    “When you ask kids in their teens about their favorite Final Fantasy titles, Final Fantasy Type-0 and Dissidia are more popular than the main-numbered series,”
    So where is English Type-0 ?
    SE refuse to localize one of their most popular titles. Good job as usual.

    • Herok♞

      You seem to forget that PSP is an infinity more popular system in Japan, which would explain why the younger generation has only really played them and nothing else its because they have had easy access to something and it was heavily promoted. Aka if you have a game for the most popular system you are a lot more likely to have more people say good things about it, since there are more people to play the game

      • Altin

        That would not stop them from releasing it on the PSN, which would give both access to PSP and VIta users. Oh, and while we are at it, please give us Crisis Core and VP: Lenneth as well.

        • Herok♞

          Square really did drop the ball with there digital psp releases.

          • almostautumn

            In the west, because in Japan they have substancially more PSN offerings. Outside of the PSP stuff like KH:BBS and Crisis, there’s also Einhander, Brave Fencer Musashi, and a LOT more.

    • Chiupon

      Type-0 is amazing. They’re really doing everyone a disservice.

      Hopefully they can swing it onto Vita or something, that seems more profitable.

      • Dark Zerato

        At this point, i can only hope for the fan patch. Maybe SE will consider releasing Type-0 to phones in the next few years like those FF I-VI

      • LightZero

        The Vita only version is most certainly not something more profitable. It’s selling like crap in the west. A PS3/Vita multiplat or 3DS release would make them some money. Even though I hate to say this even an iOS version would be better than an exclusive Vita version.

        • almostautumn

          I seriously don’t think the 3DS could handle Type-0 :P

          And you’re absolutely nuts to think that Type-0 wouldn’t be a huge system seller. I can assure you it’ll be 8.5/9 all around critically, it already has a huge commercial/fan-base following, and the Vita is, duh-duh-duh!, free from piracy at the moment.

          it would sell, and it would be amazing.

          • Serge

            http://i.imgur.com/WnCai.png
            The 3DS beats the PSP in almost everything apart from the Vertex Performance. Courtesy of IGN(dot)com

          • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

            “I seriously don’t think the 3DS could handle Type-0″

            I lol’d hard.

        • Chiupon

          (profitable compared to a US PSP release.)

    • Detrimont

      i’m still hoping for a Vita re-release with added bonuses, since that’ll probably have a higher chance of localization(plus, it would be multiple UMD’s)

    • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

      Didn’t an article on Operation Suzaku say SE was most likely localizing Type-0?

      • Detrimont

        that might be the new mobile game

      • GH56734

        They localized it, recorded all the voice work then sat on the script and refused to release it.
        They even did so with two Dragon Quest games for the DS, but at least Nintendo published those. English builds exist for Hanjaku Hero DS and Nanashi no Game, but those never saw release “due to negative reception from focus groups”.
        They really have a nasty habit of doing so, back to even the Super NES days with Final Fantasy V.

    • Ric Vazquez

      Dissidia was like a dream come true for me and Type-0 was something different and awesome, but they as much as I like them they are not better than a numbered title (at least the ones before XII), I’m still crossing fingers for Type-0 to get localized for I even signed the petition, my japanese is not good enough to play through the whole game :(

    • Somber

      They are planning to make HD port. No news since then.

      • GH56734

        It was only an experiment, sadly. Much like Super Mario Galaxy 2 3DS and Zelda Twilight Princess HD, and Yoshi’s Story GBA.
        They probably never intended to release it from the get go.

    • hazelnut1112

      Who do you think is worse, Square or Sega in terms of localizing.
      I was surprised we were getting Bravery Default.

  • delmar

    I threw up all over myself knowing they may make another Dissidia due to my excitement. That game was so goddamn addicting. The one thing I would wish for is an even set of characters from each installment (3 would be realistic but 4 would be heaven) 2-3 stages per installment and expand on the previous wars. And not to screw up the DLC this time.

    • Dark Zerato

      Each game only have 1-2 villain, so the good guys will outnumber them.

      • delmar

        not necessarily. They made Cloud, Terra, and Tidus into antagonists and Jecht as a protagonist in 012. Its stated in the game that the alignment is arbitrary Also, they could easily make the number of chaos vs cosmos even depending on which characters they chose. I’m going to geek out Chaos- II-Leon, III-Xande, IV-Zemus, VI- Celes, VII- Vincent, VIII Siefer, X- Seymour, XI- Eald’narche, Raogrimm, XII- Vayne, XIII Barty, Fang, XIV Gauis, XV- Stella. Cosmos- II- Maria III-Doga V-Faris VI Locke, IX Vivi, Garnet, XII- Ashe, XIII Sazh XIV Y’shtola XV-Noctis

        • Dark Zerato

          I guess they’ll wait until XV come out to do something with new Dissidia.

          • Notquitesure?

            I don’t think so, they could introduce noctis through dissidia so when FFXV comes out the game will have additional popularity. Sorry i accidentally downvoted you, my laptop Sh*ts me off.

          • Dark Zerato

            If it’s the case, then Noctic would come alone. The game is probably for VITA. I don’t thing SE would add Noctic into a PS4 game before his own game.

          • Notquitesure?

            I think they would be inclined, i mean if you had the opportunity to increase the popularity of a character before you would do it wouldn’t you. They could get the blond chick to oppose him.

          • komiko12

            Asagi was made playable before having her own game and look what happened to her. :D

            Something feels off if you made a character playable before his/her own game arrives.

        • Detrimont

          if fang is chaos, it would make more sense for vanille to be in it instead of Sazh tbh… though i think Nomura said he wanted sazh to be in the next one, and if that’s the case, Jihl or Yaag would be better chaos warriors(my fingers are crossed for jihl)

          • Ace Esper

            I’m on that Jihl train with you.

          • Detrimont

            YAY

        • Altumn

          Though Leon would be a good antagonist, I want to see Leila. She was one of my favorites in Final Fantasy II… Or Minwu would be cool, we need more white mages.

          • Notquitesure?

            I want to see put Roxas and Xenmas in as well as Auron and Balthier.

          • Guest

            they have stated before that ONLY FF characters will appear in any dissidia games, meaning no KH characters

      • Samsara09

        well,each final fantasy game usually has a main villain and a secondary villain.Or they could put a villain from a sequel in the mix too,if the FF game has one.

  • Kaihedgie

    Must. Have. Dissidia

  • NightzeroAX

    Since they’re gonna make another Dissidia make it for the consoles too.

    • Detrimont

      personally – and this is just my opinion – but with what gameplay actually is, it fits better on handhelds, i wouldn’t mind if it was on consoles, but it just fits sooo much better on handhelds

      • Monterossa

        a fighting game fits better on handhelds? LOL

        • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

          Yep, Dissidia is a very special kind of fighter, if they move it to consoles well, they would have to use split screen or else the gameplay would change and become something more Smash Brothers-ish.

          • Monterossa

            Only if people don’t have internet.

          • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

            Lol you remind me of that Xbox executive that got fired.

          • Samsara09

            Yeah,I wonder why. :)

          • Bobby Jennings

            Could be like the Naruto Storm series and just share the screen.

            EDIT: Then again, nah that’s really not possible with all the flying around and all. I guess no splitscreen.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Sounds like they should put it on the WiiU and PS4/With Vita

            then.

      • alexis cortes

        I think I read somewhere (don’t remember where) that if they were to make a new Dissidia, they would probably change the fighting mechanics, though I’m not too sure if it’s for better or worse?

        • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

          I’ve read that they wanted to do a new crossover straying from the fighting esque style but that was long ago.

  • Tom

    I really enjoyed the Dissidia games and I’ll probably will unless it’s going to be another mobile game…

  • potatoes

    Fantastic. I’d really like a console Dissidia with a combat system that has a bit more depth. It was incredibly fun but I wish it was slightly more suited for competitive gameplay.

  • JustThisOne

    Uunnggrkk… That last paragraph! It’s just dripping with hope! I hope they’ll be able to overcome those difficulties in some way to honor such a great game.

    • NimbusStev

      I don’t exactly know what he means by “ultimate dot art game” but anything related to that masterpiece is enough to get me all excited!

  • http://so-very.me/ Jenny

    I liked Theatrythm :) I hope they make another one. Maybe miku style~ I’d totally get a Wii U for that!

  • Tenabrus

    Dissidia on Vita please that would be so amazing…

  • bob

    console, console, CONSOLE! Give me a console version pls!

  • KingGunblader

    Well I am officially getting hyped for Dissidia 3. My Vita will never be the same again.

    • alexis cortes

      Me too, been waiting for this. These news made my day. Dissidia on ps vita/Ps3/Ps4. I just hope they fix everyone’s faces since they looked a little generic for my taste. It would be day one for me.

      • Ronldbx6

        I hope it’s made for PS3 too. I don’t want to miss out.

        • Gariya

          Please. guys. We all know the new Dissidia will be smartphones and tablets exclusives.

  • Raze

    Dissidia 3 for newer generation too please….

  • holyPaladin

    I really want to play Type-0 in English :(
    Please SE

  • bob

    consoles, consoles, CONSOLES! dissidia on consoles pls!

  • ivanchu77

    I would love to see a new dissidia game, especially with proper online play ( ad-hoc sucks)

  • bob

    consoles, consoles, CONSOLES! dissidia on consoles pls!

  • Ric Vazquez

    I’m from the SNES Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger era so I would like them to make that hinted game :)

  • MrJechgo

    “I want to make a new Dissidia, and we intend to do so. The people who’ve worked on the previous titles have also stated their desire to make a new one, too,” says Hazama.

    I thought I’ve heard the contrary from this guy, as in “I’m not interested in making a 3rd Dissidia game.”

    They should go for a cross-platform game, not just a Vita game. Dissidia could really benefit from a console version.

    • Chip

      The only thing he’s ever officially said is that he feels that if he ever makes another Dissidia game, it would not be the same style of game as Dissidia. IE: He doesn’t want to just turn the series into a game-a-year update that just adds more characters and tweaks it.

      • MrJechgo

        Then… a 3rd Dissidia would be like… what?
        If it’s a cross-Platform game, I can understand, but if it’s a Vita only game, it will still feels like an update with more characters and tweaks.

  • Asuna Ilano

    I thought heard that SE is not going to make any Dissidia games anymore but this is a great news for me! I knew Dissidia is too damn good to be discontinued. Okay, I guess it’s time for a little fanboy wishlist (BTW, I’m pretty sure that they will cast Noctis on the game automatically once they’ve released it so I’m not going to add him on the list):

    FF7 Crisis Core: Zack Fair and Genesis
    Type-0: Ace and Machina Kunagiri
    Dirge of Cerberus: Vincent Valentine
    FF9: Eiko Carol and/or Freya Crescent
    FF8: Zell Dincht and Seifer
    FFX: Auron and Seymour
    FF12: Balthier or Basch
    FF13: Snow and/or Serrah
    Kingdom Hearts: Sora and Riku

    • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

      Im the only one against non main numbered characters and KH characters in Dissidia? :V

      • Asuna Ilano

        This is the internet so you’re not always alone, dude.

        Anyways, I’d say why not? They are still Final Fantasy characters, aren’t they? Just because they are out of the main numbers does not mean they aren’t Final Fantasy anymore. And for KH, isn’t Dissidia supposed to be a spin-off for Kingdom Hearts itself? It’d be ironic if they put KH characters in the game considering its original concept.

        • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

          Dissidia is meant to represent the main entries, other ones would feel out of context and if you ask me if there’s a reason they prefered to include X Yuna over X-2 Yuna in 012, is for this.

          Originally Dissidia was meant to be a colloseum in KH where only FF characters would appear but in the end they decided to do something completely separate from KH so they could give Final Fantasy protagonist the proper protagonism, would be silly if they include KH now if you ask me.

          • Chip

            I think it’s a little weak to talk about “Out of context” when the whole basis of the story takes the character’s out of their own context and sticks them in an entirely new story. Sure there are echoes of their original journies, but nit’s still being highly manipulated to fit all the characters together.

            So adding in others isn’t that much of stretch.

          • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

            Im not concerned about the story, it’s just that Dissidia brings back that feeling if the series never met the current sequelization which I don’t like, Dissidia is more like a blast from the past with a new gameplay.

            And plus do I really want a bad taste of guest characters and story hints from a game that never got localized? (Type 0) As for the tactic games XII is pretty much a representative of the Ivalice universe.
            As for Crisis Core as much as I love Zack, he would play pretty much the same as Cloud.

          • OathkeeperSoraXIII

            I’m pretty sure it was stated Dissidia was originally going to be a KH fighter type game however Disney didn’t want to see their characters fighting each other. So they refused it. Then we got Dissidia instead which is why the combat vaguely resembles KH. I’m not sure where you heard about it being a coliseum in KH initially because that’s the first I’ve heard of it.

            http://www.siliconera.com/2009/06/30/dissidia-final-fantasy-originated-from-kingdom-hearts/

      • Detrimont

        i’m fine with non numbered by i don’t want KH characters, seeing as it’s not technically final fantasy(even if it does include FF characters)

        • Samuel Giam

          Says who? I want Kingdom Hearts characters in a Dissidia game. Imagine a Dissidia game featuring Sora against Riku, Aqua against Master Xehanort who can also disguise himself as Terra as an alternate outfit and Kairi as a secret character, I would pre-order such a game even if it’ll be released for only either the PS Vita, PS3 or PS4.

          • Detrimont

            even if KH has FF characters in it, KH ≠ FF…
            in my opinion, it just wouldn’t work if dissidia ended up with KH characters

  • prinnywin

    Why is no one talking about the more important aspects of the article, which is that a current big name SE employee himself wants to contact Sakaguchi?
    Bringing back the father of FF and making a game with him? Seems like even some SE employees are dreaming of a new FF that will return to what the series was known for.

    • Pedro Furtado

      You’re confusing things a bit, he wants to to contact Sagakuchi to get him together with Dragon Quest’s writer to make a Chrono Trigger related game, since they’re the ones behind CT.

      • prinnywin

        Ah yes, I seem to have made that mistake. Well, Chrono Trigger is fine too. In fact, that makes this article of even bigger importance. Finally something Chrono again! Please, let it not be some mobile game. It needs Yasunori Mitsuda and Masato Kato to be a true Chrono game though.

        Also, who is to say working with Sakaguchi again won’t bring about future ventures with the FF title? He IS the father of FF after all, and is the backing producer of many of its titles (as well as Squaresoft’s many other titles). Anything related to working with Sakaguchi is just good news to me.

        • prinnywin

          To clarify, my initial statement of how it “seems like even some SE employees are dreaming of a new FF that will return to what the series was known for” is still unchanged, considering the fact that a person who has worked on the FF “Anniversary” titles wants to work with Sakaguchi.

  • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

    OH MY GOD YES YES YES!!!!!!!!
    I was sure no more Dissidia esque games would happen again but this is fantastic news! Plus a Chrono Trigger tribute is just too much! :D

    But…. this is SE so….
    *kneels on the soil*
    Please don’t let them be a mobile game, PLEASE DON’T LET THEM BE A MOBILE GAME! I love Dissidia and I want to see it on a Vita or in a console!

    On another note it’s true, Dissidia made me curious about Final Fantasy V and below when I played it, I started with VII and continued forth when I was a teen. Later then after Dissidia I tried I and II for the PSP, III and IV for Ds, V for the GBA and VI on the SNES, they were cool mostly and my favourite classics are I, V and VI so I thank Dissidia for making me curious!

  • MrJechgo

    Since everyone is making wishlists:
    - PS3/PS Vita cross-platform play
    - HD Graphics
    - Remastered orchestraed soundtrack… or same soundtrack of the recent games
    - Online multiplayer
    - Better story (seriously, Duodecim’s was a joke… Revamp it so the characters’ roles are better defined)
    - Lots of customization
    - Japanese and English audio
    - DLC

    Technically, I could envision a 42-character roster: The main character and the main villain per game plus 6 more heroes and 6 more villains as secret playable characters:
    - Warrior of Light vs Garland (FF1)
    - Firion vs the Emperor (FF2)
    - Onion Knight vs Cloud of Darkness (FF3)
    - Cecil Harvey vs Golbez (FF4)
    - Bartz Klauser vs Exdeath (FF5)
    - Terra Branford vs Kefka Palazzo (FF6)
    - Cloud Strife vs Sephiroth (FF7)
    - Squall Lionhart vs Ultimecia (FF8)
    - Zidane Tribal vs Kuja (FF9)
    - Tidus vs Jecht (FF10)
    - Shantotto vs Eald’narche (FF11; don’t go hating, he’s the only suitable villain I could find)
    - Vaan vs Gabranth (FF12; haters gonna hate)
    - Lightning vs Galenth Dysley (FF13)
    - Warrior of Midland vs Gaius van Baelsar (FF14; the hero is the poster boy for the game)
    - Noctis Lucis Caelum vs… whoever the main villain is (FF15)

    That makes 30, and now for the 12 secret characters:

    - Kain Highwind (FF4)
    - Celes Chere (FF6)
    - Tifa Lockhart (FF7)
    - Laguna Loire (FF8)
    - Yuna (FF10)
    - Prishe (FF11)

    - Chaos (FF1; toned down to balanced status)
    - Borghen (FF2)
    - Warrior of Darkness (FF3)
    - Gilgamesh (FF5)
    - Queen Brahne Raza Alexandros XVI (FF9)
    - Vayne Carudas Solidor (FF12)

    That makes 42, with 12 extra characters

    • Kaihedgie

      Y U NO INCLUDE CAIUS

      • MrJechgo

        Couple of reasons:
        1- To keep the roster at a reasonable size
        2- To have at least FF1 to 15 with their respective main hero and villain, or to have every character from Duodecim returning.
        3- Since no spin-off was ever added to the roster, I didn’t add Noel vs Caius
        Bottom line though, if they do decide to go with spin-offs, I don’t see why Caius should be omitted though.

        • Kaihedgie

          Except it’s not a spinoff, it’s a sequel

    • Rocket D

      This is a cool roster though I hope I’m not the only FF fan looking for smaller titles for secret characters or even story involvement like Ramza from FF Tactics (He’s even in the Curtain Call Theatrhythm now). In my opinion I think to celebrate FF Dissidia should cover more than just the main numbered titles considering they just admitted that unnumbered FF games actually introduced the series to a new generation of gamers. It’d be nice to see a comical character like a Chocobo from the Chocobo series as a secret playable character too, something cute and unexpected.

      Touching the main series I personally think more involvement of other characters would really help develop the plot more. Why character rivals and/or heroine interests aren’t in this game kind of confused me for the first Dissidia. Thy kind of supped players up by revealing Yuna and Tifa as fighters only to kind of stop there. It wouldn’t hurt to see characters like Rosa, Garnet, Aerith and other females utilize their powers like they did for Yuna.

      With so many characters at their disposal with predetermined attacks (and a large amount of them already created) and such I don’t see why the roster couldn’t be bigger and be used to better advertise older or upcoming games. Ex. I really liked how they incorporated Yuna’s summons and made it work
      really well. LR: FFXIII releasing soon even having Snow as Light’s
      antagonist could work (though not saying we’re even getting a Dissidia anytime soon, let alone next year, it’s just an example). So many possiblities they can make for Dissidia while leaving the very vague plot in tacked (which they could add to and develop more).With that improvement list you added the next Dissidia game could be playable for years to come like any other good fighting game if SE really adds to the next one. Online play and more characters being the biggest changes needed.

    • Magicks

      For the FFXIII, am I the only one that wants Cid Raines more?

      • MrJechgo

        As the main antagonist? He could work too.

    • Detrimont

      personally, i prefer the english voice track in every FF that has had one, in japanese they always seem to use “moe-ish” voices for most females… what i’m really saying is… i don’t really care if it doesn’t end up with dual audio

    • komiko12

      According to Curtain Call, they seem to have chosen Y’shtola as FFXIV representative. Nevertheless, I also like Midlander in as it seems that he and his party has a their own story. You can look it up if you want.

  • charles addow

    I’m playing type-0 right now i don’t understand a DAMN thing! so much japanese not enough english. Thankfully there is a team working on an english translation hopefully it’ll be done by next summer. It’s funny how a few fans are doing more work in localizing then SE has done in 2 years. Disgraceful!

  • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

    Just Imagine Dissidia 3 with Team battle where the characters are all of screen. KYAAAA~
    SE need to put some Class 0 members except for Rem and Machina in the new Dissidia (but probably they will go the machina and rem route)

    • Detrimont

      i want Sice in(she didn’t get enough Screen time imo)(plus she’s my favourite)

      • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

        I want Sice, Seven and Cater since they’re my main party and my favourites characters in the whole game

  • darkfire998

    I have to say this is true,I was introduced to FF with Dissidia and after playing that I bought XIII,then started playing older ones…

    • potatoes

      XIII before the rest? Goodness. IV, VI, VII, VIII, and X are better entry points into the series in my opinion.

      • JoJo_649

        No mention of IX?! seriously?!

        • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

          Is it religious to like IX? Cause I didn’t liked it that much either :V

      • Nice Boat Quatro

        He never said that something like that

  • Rogerrmark

    I want to believe they’ll actually do something decent in Chrono Trigger Anniversary,but just can’t imagine anything besides an artbook.

    Or playarts.

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    Really? Because neither of them were Final Fantasy…. (battle system, etc… compare them to 6, for instance)

    Wouldn’t it have been best to use an actual Final Fantasy game (1 through 10, take your pick) do do the whole new-audience-grab thing?

    • DrakeClawfang

      A single game would introduce them to a single game. A fighting game celebrating the heroes and villains from across the series introduces them to the entire series.

      • Skeptika Crediblus

        You’re not giving them the FF experience. You’re just saying “Hey, here are the characters in a format that’s not the one used in the RPG’s!”

        • J_Joestar

          Well a crossover does help build interest in characters that they otherwise would never have heard of.
          I Know a number of people who have played games like Smash Bros. or Project X Zone and went on to try the actual games some of the characters they found they liked.

        • DrakeClawfang

          Dissidia’s gameplay is irrelevant, they capture the appearance, abilities, and personality of the characters so games who play Dissidia can grow attached to them and want to see more of their adventures can check out their original games.

    • Kaihedgie

      “Because neither of them were Final Fantasy….”

      Despite the fact that they’re called Final Fantasy, use Final Fantasy conventions, use Final Fantasy music and backgrounds and even have Final Fantasy characters

      :|

      • Skeptika Crediblus

        The battle system is completely different, and they’re basically fanfic mashups of all characters from every other game. So…. not FF.

        • Kaihedgie

          Except it is

          You aren’t the one in charge of making Final Fantasy games so it’s not up to you to decide what is and what isn’t a Final Fantasy game based on your own stupidly specific criteria.

          Has the name Final Fantasy in it

          Uses Final Fantasy characters

          Uses arenas based on the very worlds those characters come from.

          Uses battle systems derivative from those games

          Uses music ripped straight from those games

          Uses items, spells and all the other conventions specifically associated with those games

          Made by the same people who made those games in the first place.

          Are you next going to tell me that Mario Kart isn’t a Mario game just because it isn’t a platformer?

          • Leon_Tekashi

            Or Sonic Riders isn’t a Sonic game because it isn’t a platformer?

        • JuiceKun

          Not all FF’s have the same battle system either.

          So that means only FF1 is the real FF because all the other ones are different.

          By your logic. :|

    • Chip

      It was a good medium to introduce new gamers in a way that they could relate to, as the older game styles aren’t front and center in the media.

      • Skeptika Crediblus

        So in that same vein, a huge big fighting game mashup is also the best way to introduce people to Call of Duty, Dance Dance Revolution, and Gran Tourismo?

        I somehow don’t buy it…..

        • Kaihedgie

          Wow, that was a terrible comparison

        • Chip

          That….
          Is the most illogical comparison I’ve ever seen. Should I even take that seriously?

        • Chip

          Final Fantasy’s biggest draw isn’t the battle system. It’s the mythology and the characters. So long as those things have resonated, people have been able to enjoy the games. And the fact is that every Final Fantasy game has tweaked the RPG battle system, sometimes to dramatic extents. There is no possible comment ground between them to bridge all the characters together in an RPG form.

          So instead they put them into an entirely new system that not only puts them on even foot, but encourages competitive play, something Final Fantasy fans have not had a chance to enjoy. And fanbases love “What If” match up discussions.

        • MrSirFeatherFang

          Enough of this. They use the Final Fantasy brand, mythos, etc. and characters from the series. It’s that simple.

          • Skeptika Crediblus

            It’s not that simple. By your logic, Chocobo Racing is as good an entry to the series.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            If someone likes it, so what. Worry about things like that somewhere else. Folks raced chocobos in FF11 all the time, even though all those chickens moved at the same speed. Appreciate the fact that the IP is broad enough to target different audiences and age groups. And to bring new audiences to the core games from places that aren’t just our niche.

            Makes for a stronger experience for everyone.

          • Kaihedgie

            ‘Cept it is.

            Chocobo racing has been done in the series several times before within the main series.

    • Shady Shariest

      I don’t know why people downvote this… It is not only true, but says why ye olde FF’s will likely remain at low focus.
      Because.
      No. One. Want’s. A. Slow. As. Hell. Game.

      • Kaihedgie

        Because it’s one of THOSE comments. The comments that state a game cannot truly be what it’s based on solely what genre it’s in

        • Shady Shariest

          Actually, in this context (To the article above) he is criticizing the fact that they introduced people to a series with a game that didn’t reflect in any way the games they were introducing.

          And please, do not widely use “THOSE comments”, because that most often bites back more than does anything good to your own comments.

          • Kaihedgie

            Most of America’s fanbase got into Fire Emblem because of Super Smash Bros. despite the fact that said series isn’t a fighter.

            Either way, it’s pretty dumb criticizing how one is introduced to a series.

          • Shady Shariest

            Ehh… Smash Bros and Fire Emblem do not have that much disparity than FF’s had to a more Action and Fighting centric Dissidia’s. We are talking about a huge change in tempo that occurs.

            And while i am sure it has gained the series a lot of fans (Heck i am one of those people :3), i’m not sure that many of them enjoy old FF’s… I for one cringe more than enjoy playing regular FF’s.

            We are not criticizing how people got into the series, rather than how the game that was meant to introduce and get people to series was actually little to not at all like the games it was introducing.

          • Kaihedgie

            Well as someone has already pointed out, some people just do not care at all for Final Fantasy’s turn-based gameplay. Just everything else. Here you’ve got all these characters wielding absurdly destructive powers, performing extremely flashy moves in and out of gameplay, but in order to do any of that, you have to wait your turn first. Doesn’t exactly sound thrilling.

            And ever since Advent Children, Square has been tweaking both FF and KH into something that’ll look like that, which is why we have Dissidia in the first place.

          • Shady Shariest

            And the random battles… Oh god the random battles…
            edit:Reason why i indefinitely like Disgaea’s better for my turn based fix

          • fayt255

            The thing is I played Fire Emblem before I played Super Smash Brothers. lol I got into Smash Brothers when I found out it had Fire Emblem characters in it!

  • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

    How about some games for the old generation? I doubt that ultimate ‘dot-art’ game will ever happen. :(

    • Chip

      What is a ‘dot-art’ game anyways?

      • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

        They just meant pixel-art. :) For instance, the original Chrono Trigger was done in 2D pixel-art (“dot-art”, if you please); Chrono Cross was done with pre-rendered backgrounds and had 3D polygonal character models rather than sprites (animated pixel-art… uh… thingies!), and the Chrono Cross battle scenes were entirely in 3D polygons. Pretty decent-looking, too, in that hideous age where everything had to be 3D, despite not enough technology to back it up.

        (This has been my overdone answer of the week, when a simple “pixel-art” would have sufficed.)

  • Virevolte

    I would like more work for the next story. Dissidia’s story was disappointing for me, overall.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I do think it showed more depth than most fighters that weren’t early Soul Calibur. Especially fights of the mash-up variety.

      • leingod

        Yeap, specially Duodecim, which had this really long semi-RPG story mode. Tons of game value there.

        I do agree the story itself was kinda lame, though…

      • Virevolte

        I understand that, but it still feels disappointing for a game branded Final Fantasy.

  • Shady Shariest

    Well, Dissidia’s got me into the series…So it kinda worked… Al tough, whit this method they will need to keep the action up… If there’s random battles in it, i will get a 20-meter-poking-stick.
    Just so that i can say that i won’t use it to touch the game :x

  • TheExile285

    Dissidia was what got me into the series. I had played a one or two FFs before but never finished them until Dissidia motivated me too.

  • pekikuubik

    No, Squeenix, keep your hands off of the Chrono franchise. Some things are better left alone with your current misguided direction.

  • Learii

    each stages should have some effects so that make it more fun lol

  • Guest

    gameplay wise, oh hell yeah

    story wise, no way man. About the only ones given their proper characterization were the two most insane; Exdeath and Kelfka. I seriosuly could not help but smile every time they chewed the scenery.

    best line in the game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJM-VbPAH48

  • michel

    A new Dissidia that takes advantage of the superior power of the Vita (graphics, touch, memory), with also story modes for the Villains, would be a dream, for me. Perhaps the definitive portable game…

  • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

    A new Dissidia is fine but we should have a Square vs Enix with similar gameplay.

  • 1Truth

    I hope they bring Dissidia to PS Vita! Also, they should bring FF Type-0 HD to PS Vita, too.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    When you ask kids in their teens about their favorite Final Fantasy titles, Final Fantasy Type-0 and Dissidia are more popular than the main-numbered series,”
    What does that tell you, Square?!

    Anyway, I only want another Dissidia if ALL the party members.are in it. Zell Auron Balthier Locke Freya atc.

  • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

    It’s unfortunate that they don’t make great games in the main series any more. I am waiting patiently for Curtain Call.

    • Trinity

      I’m not touching the first part of this comment, but I will join you in the group patiently waiting for Curtain Call.

  • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

    Wow. I didn’t realize it was Horii. And that’d be an incredibly exciting title~. I hope it comes through and is something special and fitting of CT. ♥

    It’s kind of interesting but not a bit surprising that Type-0 and Dissidia are more popular with the younger crowd. X is technically an old title now, and most of the classic numbered entries haven’t been remade or introduced to younger audiences as much.

    Certainly, I hope that SE will find a way to remaster/remake more of the older games (besides IV!) for younger audiences (and just us older folks that grew up on those games).

    At the same time, I wish they did more original numbered entries and focused less on sequels and spin-offs.

    • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

      Thiiiiiiiiis~

  • leingod

    Well, it’s been a while since a Square-Enix article didn’t make me rage, so kudos I guess.

    Another Dissidia would be great (Vita?) and even though I like his Chrono Trigger idea, I would like it even better if it was a full-fledged remake.

  • hazelnut1112

    It would be awesome if the original idea for Dissidia were true…

  • Trinity

    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy helped me get into the mainline games, because I wasn’t really a fan of them before I “discovered them” on the PSP last year. It also helped me fall in love with “Suteki da Ne” from Final Fantasy X and made me want to play the game.

    So, mission accomplished?

  • chroma816

    If there are Type-0 characters in the new Dissidia and we still haven’t gotten it here, I’ll cry myself to sleep.

  • Ronldbx6

    Yes, a new Dissidia! DO WANT! My only question, what systems?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/keyblademaster333#p/a/f/1/oAlztMvvNkk Keyblademaster333

    Please make a Dissidia game with more characters for games 1,2,3,5,6,9,11,and 12 and please add characters from Tactics.

    I wanna see Ramza fight Vaan dammit!

  • Ixbran

    Another Dissidia? YES PLEASE!

    What i need to have happen is to get in villains for FFXI and FFXIII, Shadow Lord Raogrimm and Galenth Dysley need to be in this game.

  • Ben Sylvia

    Yes! Gilgamesh demands more mighty warriors to fight!

    Bring on Vivi and Edge!

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    “Additionally, the hit SNES title, Chrono Trigger, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in a little over a year. For the occasion, Hazama states his desire to connect Chrono Trigger’s original story writer, Yuji Horii (also known as the father of the Dragon Quest series,) with former Squaresoft producer and director Hironobu Sakaguchi, to create the “ultimate dot-art” game. However, he states that the hurdles are high and might be difficult to do.”

    Say what?!

  • Göran Isacson

    Have to admit this information surprises me, and I’m a little bit skeptic to it… but I can’t deny that they were released on a format which is far more widespread among younger gamers than the stationary consoles, and it’s probably far easier to get into as well. So I guess it makes a certain kind of sense, but man… I wouldn’t have thought it, especially since the other games HAVE been re-released for portable formats umpteen million times.

  • Anko Is Furious (King T.G.P)

    If another Dissidia is to be developed I wonder what are the chances of getting Zell Dincht in =P. I get the feeling its an obvious Zero or less than 50% chance though lol.

  • Areia L. Carroll

    More FF6 characters would be great, they could bring in Sabin that way we’d have
    another fist fighter to go with Prishe and Tifa and he could have some
    interesting character development with the whole freedom/determination thing. Also since Sabin’s there bring in
    Edgar, more family characters to go with Squall/Laguna and Cecil/Golbez, plus interesting story ideas especially if
    they don’t remember they’re twins, and a freaking TOOL based EX Mode.

  • Gaylord

    If Dissidia 3 is coming out I’m hoping they include Genesis and Zack maybe Noctis (fingers crossed) and for a little darker theme in some moments

  • Kamen Rider Rayz

    How about a Final Fantasy Dissidia Musou game exclusively for PS4 and
    Xbox One? Similar to Sengoku BASARA and Warriors Orochi gameplay.
    Imagine when you play as Cloud, Squall, Sephiroth, Zidane, Tidus,
    Lightning and other characters slashing your thousand enemies with
    massive combos and satisfactory at its best! In order to get the BEST
    ending, defeat the Devil King, Chaos as a true final boss of the game!
    More weapons, varieties of weapons to choose from, many different types
    of Musou to choose from, more stages from FF universe, more cutscenes,
    customization mode just like FF13 Lightning Returns for ALL characters,
    etc.! Sora from Kingdom Hearts as one of the DLC characters!

    Just some random ideas passing through my mind. I know its not gonna happen though. Hopefully I’m not out of the topic. XD

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