Final Fantasy Explorers Hits Japan On December 18th

By Sato . August 20, 2014 . 6:33am


Final Fantasy Explorers is similar to a hunting-action game, but will have a range of features from the Final Fantasy series such as job classes, summons, and magic. The latest issue of Jump magazine shares additional info for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title. [Thanks, Game Jouhou.]


The magazine shares the latest details on jobs such as the Time Mage that can use support magic to help allies and Ninjas that utilize speed to their advantage.


Jump also shared a bit on some new Summons, starting with Ramuh who uses electric attacks and teleporting abilities to give players a hard time. Fenrir has also been revealed, and its speed is second to none, and it will use water-based magic to damage players.


Additionally, the magazine report also details a new “Trance” system, a powerful ability that lets you do things like temporarily pull off special attacks without using AP or temporarily gain increased parameters.


Finally, it’s been announced that Final Fantasy Explorers will be released on December 18, 2014 in Japan for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • AokiShizuku

    Woohoo! Christmas is coming earlier than expected!

  • Jared Draper

    my bday haha woooooo

  • Surprisingly soon for a game of the Final Fantasy name.

    • Uso Ewin

      We were all expecting 6-7 years at the most.

      • LightZero

        Don’t know why because the 3DS isn’t a HD system. HD systems are a lot harder to develop for. Why you think most Japanese developers moved to handhelds?

        • 하세요

          I’m assuming it was meant to be a FFXV joke.

    • Serge

      I’m pretty sure that this game has been on development for a while now. For example, this video is from 2011, go and look at 1:36

      • Namuro

        Well, I’ll be! But that’s Chocobo Racing, though!

        • Serge

          Yes, i know, but Chocobo Racing was cancelled and FF Explorer look just like that game. Coincidence?

          • Namuro

            Yeah, they probably has some “assets” left from that project after they decided to cancel it for whatever reasons, then saw how the hunting games are getting more popular, and decided to turn it into a full-fledged hunting game.

  • Hau To

    Close to my bday. Looking forward to it. I don’t think I’ll be able to play multiplayer yet, but solo is good enough for now.

  • J_Joestar

    Trance? like in FFIX?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    guessing we of the western world will see it in spring or so

  • Reiswindy

    Please, please, please have a Blue Mage job!

  • That’s a little too quick…

  • Namuro

    That’s fast!

  • raeldor

    I started learning Japanese a few years ago so I could play games like this before they are released in the west. Days like this make it worthwhile. I’m psyched! :)

    • SuperSailorV

      That’s awesome! I hope you have an equally awesome Japanese exclusive themed 3DS!

      • raeldor

        Not themed, but I did get a nice ice white one, which if I’m not mistaken you STILL can’t get in the US. What’s up with that Nintendo!?

        • Max Leo

          How’s your Kanji going? :o

          • Postnjam

            NOOOO, Don’t bring back the nightmares that is learning Kanji, if he/she hasn’t started it yet, I’m so so sorry.

          • raeldor

            Not bad. I can read about 800 now, though that doesn’t mean I know ALL words that contain them. :P I actually wrote an iPhone/iPad application to help practice reading/writing kanji in the context of sentences.

  • Hope it gets confirmed for localization soon… *crosses fingers*

  • Dascylus

    Will be disappointed if Trance doesn’t let me transform into a pink furry :P

  • Ren Yuumei

    Neeeeeed gameplay

  • Ben Green

    Final Fantasy is usually more popular in the west than it is in Japan. What’s the logic behind releasing it in Japan first?

    • They make the games in Japan so…
      Also, some FFs are more popular in Japan than here I think.

      • Ben Green

        Idk, most of the latest FF games sold better in the west (according to lolchartz at least). XIII trilogy sold more in the west, so did the Crystal Chronicles games, XI Online, XIV, Crisis Core, Theatrhythm, among others. XV looks a lot more Western-y than it looks like a traditional JRPG, so hopefully that one will sell a lot more here too and Square will make more juicy RPGs for us

    • BinaryMind

      It takes a tremendous amount of work and planning to localize 40 hour+ RPGs that are loaded with voice acting into English simultaneously. They have done it a few times in the past and I don’t think that extra work really paid off in the long run.

      Bravely Default still sold very well over here despite taking nearly a year and a half to come out. If anything, BD probably benefited from importers who hyped up its release.

    • 하세요

      Eh? Final Fantasy is pretty damn popular in Japan, too. I think sales are fairly even between the two.

  • Way sooner than I expected. Maximum excitement has been achieved. Here’s a scan:

  • Skeledon

    If it releases the same time as MH4U, I’m going to lose it.

  • Kroz

    Same day as the original Final Fantasy and Dissidia

  • fancycakes

    Still have my fingers crossed for a Dancer class, but I’m suspecting they’ll probably stick with Bard.

    Hoping for a North American release– c’mon, Squeenix! Don’t treat this like you (initially did) Bravely Default or Dragon Quest!!!

    • 하세요

      If XI can have both Dancer and Bard, I don’t see why this can’t. Dancer would be more accurate here, at least to me.

      • fancycakes

        Isn’t this considered a “lite” version of the MMOs? That’s why I assume they will only have one or the other.

  • JustThisOne

    Sounds fast. I wonder how much of it was done before they started releasing details? The gameplay they’ve showed off so far looks pretty good though.

  • CozyAndWarm

    Final Fantasy Explorers Hits US and Europe when?

  • Go2hell66

    release date came a bit too fast for my liking…

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