Final Fantasy Explorers Will Let You Transform Into Cloud And Other Final Fantasy Heroes

By Sato . August 28, 2014 . 5:20am


During this morning’s Final Fantasy Explorers livestream, Square Enix revealed a little more on the game’s “Trance” feature, which lets you transform into characters of past Final Fantasy titles.


The character they revealed was Cloud, but they mentioned that you’ll be able to transform into several other main character-type characters of past games.


While the time will be extremely limited, the “Legend Character” transformation will also have their BGM themes, like Final Fantasy VII music for Cloud. He’ll also be able to use his Omnislash Limit Break move.



You can read a little more about the Trance feature in our earlier report.

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  • SirRichard

    Vivi Trance for Black Mages, c’mon.

  • 『ED−X』゜〜★* 平和 

    Sorta like StarPower . . . FinalFantasy style ~

  • Egil

    let me transform into balthier and we got a deal

  • Guest

    Is that not a bit weird to transform into other characters?

    Anyway, this sounds great and I would give everything to transform into Tina or Lightning!
    I also hope there will be skins so that you can permanently look like them.

  • Hiro

    Does equipping armor in Explorers have a visual effect? I wanna dress him up right now.

    • Sato

      Yeah, you’ll be able to change your looks with equipment.

      • Perseids

        You’re saying we can dress Cloud like a girl again!?

    • Pedro Rosas

      Hoping we can equip him with female clothes

  • Guardian Byakko

    I’d like to have actual characters from past final fantasy games playable, or at least AI partners even if it’s dlc. Although the trance feature sounds interesting.

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    “Remember these characters? Remember a time when we didn’t excessively rely on nostalgia-bait?”

    • Remember when people actually appreciated the work game developers put in their games? Remember when people saw things like this as fun extras and didn’t complain about them?

      • Chip

        I miss those days. I hate the fans and anti-fans more than I hate the companies themselves these days. I mean, this isn’t just a case of reused assets. Someone actually put some effort into adapting Cloud and others to this style. Its really good.

      • Stephen Mc Devitt

        I was just joking around. Geez.

    • Dammit Square, that’s Nintendo’s job! ;P

  • MagiusNecros

    GILGAMESH trance or go home Square.

    • J_Joestar


  • Chaos_Knight

    Looks like Lightning will return……again.

    • Nightmesh

      yay *runs away*

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      i hope so

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      can’ts have Lightning without Clouds..

      • Shuryou

        How about a Squall?

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          you mean Leon? *get hit with rocks*

          • KanjiLikesBoys

            Don’t forget the….Fang!

        • Tom

          I’m with you!

    • KanjiLikesBoys

      Lightning is Everybody

      • Anime10121

        Lightning is GOD

  • KanjiLikesBoys

    Excessive fanservice. I just want the game to be good and fast, and have jumping and let me make my character not White.

    • I swear if they won’t let us transform into Barret.

      • KanjiLikesBoys

        they’re gonna need a Gunner class at least for that. And then it’d probably just be Hotpants Yuna we turn into

        • Chip

          Odds are it’s going to be archer, but they can still probably skin over Barret, Vincent, Yuna or Balthier.

          • KanjiLikesBoys

            I doubt we’ll be seeing Barret at all but I would love it alot

  • Princess_Eevee9

    Terra or bust plz. XD

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Riku dressed as Terra..oh wait wrong game

      • Princess_Eevee9

        Since I like Riku I’ll let that one slide~

  • Zeta Kondom

    Ace with a hooded cape

  • Veedot

    I don’t care that people don’t like him, I want my Squall!

    • THIS!

    • James Todd

      im surprised nobody has said warrior of light from dissidia

  • fairysun

    Another tease from Square.
    Yes, you guys will get to play as Cloud but not the remake of FFVII itself.

    • Godmars

      One, that’s from a fan who made a version in Unreal Engine.

      Two, Square Enix wholly overstepped themselves when they showed the PS3 tech demo. They cannot afford to make it at that level, but are too prideful and stupid to lower their standards.

  • Yan Zhao

    Better include Terra :3

  • Anime10121

    Welp, should’ve known this was coming… Now I wonder how much the DLC for AC Cloud and such which lets you stay as these characters is gonna cost:/

  • This is pure fanservice! I think it’s pretty weird to be able to transform your characters in other ones from the past titles, but I like the visuals, so it’ll be interesting to see them in this new style.

  • landlock

    Lightning returns!!

  • Let your spirit evolve~ Wait this isnt digimon.

  • Sigh….please leave ff7 alone square..

    • Namuro


      • there are other ffs other than 7….where is that funny skirt chaser zidane!

        • Namuro

          “but they mentioned that you’ll be able to transform into several other main characters”

          I think you should be a little more patient and wait for future announcements.

          Besides, Cloud is popular, a lot of people love him. Had they announced other character instead, people will be asking “there are other FF than “insert number here”…. Where is that gloomy, amnesiac Cloud?”

  • notforsale

    I would of preorder this game instantly if u could transform into Polygon Cloud instead :/

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      watch out for dem pointy bits

    • KanjiLikesBoys

      I love his lego arms so much

    • Brabeus Rapier

      I want that version!

  • Namuro

    Ho ho ho, that’s cool. I want Shadow!!

    Also,if they ever remake Final Fantasy VII, the model shown up there would be perfect for the field section.

  • KanjiLikesBoys

    Mother fuckin Monk better turn into Sabin. I need a character that SMILES if we’re gonna do a bunch of nostalgia nonsense. Or else maybe into Yang’s daughter Ursala from FFIV: The After Years

    • Bunzi

      Pfft. Smiling. That’s so Final Fantasy IX.

  • DyLaN

    So i guess the Lightning screenshot in one of the magazine scan released be4 E3 is from this?

    • That was for some novels or something. It has nothing to do with this.

      • DyLaN

        Oh right, the after story novella for LR FF13.

  • Jeremy Noble

    i will laugh if FF9 Hd comes out before 7. Come on guys, we brought back trance that what you wanted right? on a serious note, i hope this means gunblades are in the game, and not the lightning variety.

  • Ronldbx6

    Lightning Returns…Again -_-.

  • CirnoLakes

    What about Eiko?

    I want to turn into Eiko.

    Eiko doesn’t get enough support!

    • Perseids

      Duuude… The summons are the challenges, right? What if Eiko is like a secret boss? Also <3 your avatar~

      • CirnoLakes


  • Tom

    Cashing in on nostalgia, are we?

    • aizen310

      And it’s not even a different character. It’s just a Trance transformation.

  • Codi Schumacher

    I would like to see Kain and Rydia as trances

  • kylehyde

    If my character transforms into Lightning, then I’m going to get my character killed

    • KanjiLikesBoys

      Hope will revive her

      • aizen310

        I Hope not.

        • KanjiLikesBoys

          Hope is Home.

    • aizen310

      Such raw, honest feelings, man XD

    • Justin Graham

      If my character transforms into Lightning, it will be the best thing.

      • raygunner659

        I’ll personally be shocked.

        I’m sorry XD

        • Justin Graham

          Don’t be!

    • Don’t do that. Just sell your copy to me because I ain’t gonna complain about it.

      • kylehyde

        Actually it will be more like get the game over screen

      • zaidandzhadow

        He culd be selling that with just the red mage’s hp = 0

  • aizen310

    If Lightning is Square’s waifu, than Cloud is Square’s hasubendo?

    Because SE is so desperate to hype FF7 and FF13 stuff that they forget they have at least like 11 other FF game to choose a hero/heroine from.

    When was the last time we saw anything FF6 or FF9 related? Or FF8, mind the Squall fans.

    • 하세요

      Why give the others love when they know FFVII will sell forever :/

      • aizen310

        This truth is gonna kill me :/

    • zaidandzhadow

      More like husobando, but, yes indeed.

  • the_rain

    If there is a Cloud…there would be a Squall…and Lightning.

    • aizen310

      There is no Squall without Terra.

      • the_rain

        But Tina….

        I’m a purist so..Terra does not exist.

        • aizen310

          Terra means earth. So, if you think about it, she kinda fits with this name. Cloud, Lightning, Squall, earth…
          Yeah, I know, it’s BS.

          Seriously, I think Tina was a good enough name, but I don’t mind Terra either.

          Y U NO love Ted Woolsey translation? :D

          • 하세요

            Tina’s just such an innocent name. Terra sounds more badass. When I hear Tina, I think of a little 5 year old skipping in a field of daisies.

            When I hear Terra, I imagine a goddess using magic beyond belief.

  • Kuromadou

    screw Cloud, i wanna be Vivi /o/

  • SauriansMaster!!

    Ctrl+f lightning
    in all seriousness there are going to be 1gorillion clouds in multiplayer

    • gulabjamal

      LOL I did the same!

  • Tenabrus

    great, now just make them permanenty playable and we have the dissidia rpg we all want

    • KanjiLikesBoys

      That would make a lot more sense than the fighting game where you only have 2 moves and have to LEVEL UP ALL THE CHARACTERS to get more

  • J_Joestar

    can we Trance into a pink monkey? (Trance Zidane)

  • Ben Green

    Yuna pls

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery
  • MrRobbyM

    As if I already wasn’t going to preorder this..

  • The summoner should Trance into Yuna ( ^.^)/

  • Mila

    Oh look , now they are using the nostalgia card on a 3DS game >_>
    This is so insulting to Cloud fans in the PS community .

    • Zizal

      Eviltendo strikes again stealing our precious Cloud.What’s next? They might steal our games oh no they did that before someone needs to stop this evil company. /s

      • Mila

        To be honest with you , all the big 3 companies are evil and non of them in clean business , they basically eat each other to survive , Nintendo on the other hand are getting backed up behind .. ( I better be silent , shhh conspiracy theories )

    • Imagine all the classic FF fans when the main series switched completely to Sony~. I think we can get a little throwback love, at least. x’D

      Afterall, if a remake happens, we know what consoles it won’t appear on (and sadly, that’s perfectly fine).

      • Mila

        Oh please ^.^ , those classic fans has no problem switching to a completely new brand that uses CD technology , we know how big FF population grows after the “classic era”

        speaking of throwback love .. Square Enix is such an ungrateful company , in the year 2001 they were almost bankrupt to even close down the whole company due to their awful movie that causes them to lose so much money .. at that very moment they been revived ( Thanks to SCE shareholders ) they survive to this day , without SCE shareholders you would have seen the same situation happens to them in 2005 if they merge with Enix with no help from others whatsoever , SE basically built their name with arrogance , they are so ungrateful that they will even ignore most of their promises to SCE and not even thank them for what made them exist today as a big gaming company and i honestly don’t blame SCE to pull their tiny shareholders that saves this company , SE loves to switch sides even in the worst cases , they are not aware of what they are doing and they don’t know what the days hides to them .

  • Bunzi

    ugh. This is tad too fanservicey for my tastes.

    • Godmars

      Doesn’t that sum up Square Enix perfectly at this point?

      • KanjiLikesBoys

        With everything except Drakkengard

        • Godmars

          Excessive boobs, butts and foul language while gameplay is rather basic and repetitive .

          Are you sure?

          • KanjiLikesBoys

            Yup. That’s typical of western devs. Squeenix’s typical approach is to through Cloud or Lightning in a thing or sell it on the Ipad for $50

          • zaidandzhadow

            Please tell me it’s sarcasm, Drake isn’t about gameplay…

          • Godmars

            Aren’t you agreeing with me that the gameplay wasn’t all that? That it was in fact little to nothing?

  • Rouge

    I just want Terra/Tina ;-;

  • Rinoa with Angelo as a Cannon please.

    • Chip

      I don’t think we’re going to see characters with unusual weapons. I get the impression that these are going to be slightly more complicated pallet swaps ontop of extra special abilities depending on the class you’re playing.

      With that said, they may be able to do it if they have an archer class.

      • KanjiLikesBoys

        but the Buster Sword is right there tho

        • Chip

          The Buster Sword is still a sword. It works just fine as a model swap for the Knight’s sword. Probably the reason they showed him first besides his natural popularity: Knight’s going to be the first character most people want to play.

          • KanjiLikesBoys

            i seee!

    • That would be so cool. *U*

  • Jesse Pepin

    Well, it might be a gimmick, but I hadn’t even really heard much about this game until seeing this article, so I guess it’s working to some extent.
    Characters I’d like to see: Auron, Kain or Cecil, Sabin Figaro (fav FF6 character) or Shadow, and maybe Fang instead of Lightning

    • Chip

      They’ll be two different categories, so you may just see both. Lightning would be a Knight while Fang is going to be a Dragoon if at all appearing.

  • Chip

    And just look at the mature, thoughtful comments roll. Really guys? We’re still bitching about fanservice like it’s something only Square does? If you don’t like the character, don’t use the Trance. Sheesh.

    I’m looking forward to Zell, Vivi, and Yuna trances.

  • JoJo_718

    I want Kain and Aerith please!!

  • gulabjamal

    Lightning Returns Returns

  • Kornelious

    Well…..Given Square’s recent actions I can almost guarantee one character will show up -_-……Still pretty cool though I suppose.

    • KanjiLikesBoys


      • He’s literally everywhere. vov

    • Chip

      Maybe we’ll be lucky, and Lightning will be the trance for Red Mages. Then she’ll be entirely optional.

  • Perseids

    It might be cooler if you interacted with past characters while exploring..? I’d love making stew with Eiko again. But since they went in this direction…

    Gafgarion for Dark Knight~
    Agrias for Paladin~
    I hope they don’t forget FF Tactics (but they can forget the advanced games…)

    • Chip

      I do. I want nothing to do with Tactics.

    • That would have been so cool and cute. vuv
      But that’s probably too direct of a reference compared to what they wanted. This way, they can sate our nostalgia without getting too intricate. ;u;

      Agrias! She’d be great for a FF:T trance~! ♥

  • Chip

    I predict we’re going to get a female and male for each class, since we get to choose our gender IIRC. I also predict the default weapon for the character will also infleunce if they can be used for a class (No Vanille with her crazy fishing rod of dhoom)
    Edit: On reflection, there may not be any characters of a certain class. But it seems weird to transform from a say a male white mage to a female protagonist.

    So my guess.
    Knight: Cloud and (???)
    Monk: Zell and Tifa
    White Mage: (???) Garnet
    Black Mage: Vivi and Aerith
    Red Mage: (???) and Lightning
    Summoner: (???) and Yuna
    Archer: Vincent and Fran
    Thief: Zidane and Rikku
    Dark Knight: Leon and (???)
    Paladin: Cecil and (???)
    Dragoon: Cid Highwind and Fang
    Ninja: Edge and Yuffie

    Blue Mage: Strago and Quina
    Berserker: Gao and (????)
    Mystic Knight: Celes and (???)

    I suppose they could replace any missing genders with either III or V characters.

    • Zizal

      I’m hoping you’re right about Tifa.

    • 하세요

      Aerith a Black Mage? All of her Limit Breaks were White Mage centered. Lulu, Terra, Rydia, and Shantotto would be logical choices for a female Black Mage.

      • Chip

        Its a personal preference. While she does have some protective and healing limit breaks, I always think of her as a black mage as she ha a ridiculously high magic stat and you’d be insane not to make her your default offensive magic user. The limit breaks are just an added bonus. I always relegate healing to Cloud.

    • sebastianandresparraguezcruzat

      I wanna do the same :D !!!
      I would like more from I to V. Cloud was the soldier/warrior class of FFVII, not a Knight. Yuffie is a ninja or a thief?? :S, maybe both :S. As a rule I would put the most important character of a certain class as a must (for example, Cain is the most important Dragoon in the series, more than Fang or Cid). So my guess:

      Knight: Warrior of Light and Beatrix
      Warrior: Cloud and Lighting
      Monk: Sabin (or Yang) and Tifa
      White Mage: Banon and Aerith
      Black Mage: Vivi and Lulu
      Red Mage: Firion (or Squall) and Terra
      Summoner: Seymour and Rydia
      Archer: Trey (Type-0) and Fran
      Thief: Zidane and Rikku
      Dark Knight: Leon (FFII) and Paine (didnt find another one)
      Paladin: Cecil and Celes
      Dragoon: Kain and Fang
      Ninja: Edge and Yuffie

      Bard: Edward and Deuce (Type-0)
      Onion Knight: Luneth and Refia
      Blue Mage: Kimahri and Quina
      Beastmaster: (???) and Quistis (or Nelm)
      Berserker: Gao and (????)
      Samurai: Auron (or Cyan) and Faris
      Mime: Bartz and Lenna

      • Chip

        I thought there wasn’t a Warrior class, just the knight.

      • I would place Beatrix on Paladin class, Beatrix sides from her sword(wo)manship she has white magic like Cecil. Plus she doesn’t carry a shield.

    • Knight: Warrior of Light / LR:XIII Lightning

      Monk: Tifa / Zell or Snow (Sabin or Yang less likely)
      White Mage: FFI White Mage or Rosa / Minwu
      Black Mage: Vivi / Lulu or Terra
      Red Mage: XIII Lightning / Firion (Wild roses anyone?)
      Summoner: Rydia or Yuna / (… Beats me.)
      Archer/Gunner: Laguna, Vincent or Balthier / FFX-2 Yuna or Fran
      Thief: Zidane or Locke / Rikku
      Dark Knight: Leon / (… Beats me)
      Paladin: Beatrix / Cecil
      Dragoon: Kain / Freya
      Ninja: Edge / Yuffie
      Freelancer: Bartz / Lenna
      Onion Knight: Luneth / Refia
      Spell fencer: Squall / (Beats me)
      Blue Mage: Quistis / Kihmari or Quina for both
      Time Mage: Serah and Noel? Lol.
      Samurai: Auron / (Nope, no idea)
      Beserk: Gau / (Yep…)
      Performer: Dancer Bartz / FFX-2 Yuna
      Mime: Gogo for either gender.

      As for Cloud I think he would fit to some class similar to Pirate from Bravely Default, of course Cloud is no pirate but in BD Pirates uses greatswords and axes, have max Physical Attack stat and can de-buff enemies.

      Speaking of Bravely Default:
      Arcanist: Shantotto
      Spiritmaster: Aerith
      Conjurer: Tellah

  • Michael Mario

    Sounds cool. Sure, Lightning will be back again along with Cloud, but other games should be getting representation too… But if it’s subpar, then yeah- I’ll probably freak.

    If Terra gets in as a Trance, though, I’m buying this game in a heartbeat. She’s the original Trance user in the series and her game the first to use the Limit Break mechanic… Although now that I think about it, what will they do about her Esper form Trance? Will that be her Limit Break?

    • Chip

      I think the point is just to pallet swap in characters and add in their special abilities. So Terra will replace a black mage or red mage, and get a Riot Blade command.

  • Kalis Konig

    Imagine the salt had Square released that pic of cloud on their twitter with no other info before explaining that the model is simply for use in Explorer’s lol

    • Chip

      I’d be mildly excited. It would actually be a very interesting angle to take for a Final Fantasy remake if they actually made it the same proportions as the original, only with completely new high quality assets. It’d definitely go to the Vita, and I’d welcome it.

    • Pinwheel

      It pretty much looks like what you’d expect of Cloud’s world-map view model in a remake of 7 for the PSP or Vita. Agreed.

  • Jumbokitty724

    Just release a remake of 7 already dammit. Quit playing games with my heart!

    • koyo koyo

      I am truly saddened to see some people out there still trust SE to remake any older FF game.

      • Jumbokitty724

        I don’t expect them to remake it, but I still want it to be done.

  • James Todd

    you guys do know this is probably optional so you guys are complaining over a little fansevice for nothing personally still looking forward to this game

    • Are people really complaining? I can’t wait to read these comments. x’D

      • James Todd

        that and character requests

        • Lol, inevitable, I suppose~.

          • James Todd


  • I’m excited to see how many and which characters they’ll have, but more than anything; I hope that becoming a character will be gender-neutral.

    I really don’t want to have to create a female and a male character to have a chance to use some favorites. >u<

  • Ali

    Give me Beatrix and I’m a happy guy! :V

  • Codex

    Really looking forward to this title, looks actually amazing

  • 하세요

    Just gimmie Sabin over Monk and I’d be happy. Zell ain’t got SHIT on Sabin.

    • Hinataharem

      I like how how his nose is too sabin to stay in the box

    • Chip

      Sabin’s just a wrestling reject. Zell’s the true martial artist. And hotter too.

    • Vash bane

      lol is this the guy that is famous for suplexing a train and causing a nuclear explosion?

  • Bojan Njegomir

    Awwwww, little Cloudy! :D

    • Chip

      A little Cloud with a chance of Lightning. Possible Squall later in the evening.

      • Bojan Njegomir

        Haha nice one! :D

  • As long as all of the entries gets a guest Im all for this!

  • jugss

    Oh no!!! Inb4Lightning. I want Kain, Rydia and Terra.

  • I’ll pass. Something I love about these kinds of games is creating a character of my own and telling their story. Still, it’s nice for those who like it. I’ll be happy to join up with a Relm or Celes in the game.

    • You can create a character of your own. Your looks change depending on your equipment, too.

      • I know. As I said, I’m looking forward to that. I’m just not gonna use whatever turns you into a canon FF character.

  • This looks like a viable paid DLC exploitation, i hope they don’t fall in temptation.

    • Göran Isacson

      oof, I didn’t even think of that but now that I have, I wish I hadn’t. The curse of knowledge…

  • Priley

    Not sure if I like this…I mean, yeah, some of the past characters are cool and stuff, but I just don’t know if this kind of mechanic makes sense for this kind of game? It comes off as a cheap way of driving up hype for the game, at least to me.

  • Harvey Tejada Loto

    cecil and kain

  • Ric Vazquez

    Holy crap this game just got a whole lot more interesting for me.

  • Harfianz

    Genesis pls :)

    • koyo koyo

      Please no. He is the Lightning of the FFVII world.

      • Nice Boat Quatro

        He is warrior of the Goddess

  • crazyhunter

    The only way to hype the game is announcing ffvii related stuff oh well

  • Strain42

    “Do you think we can transform into Ramza?”
    “Probably not.”
    “And just like that I’ve lost interest.”
    “Don’t you have to HAVE interest to lose it?”

    These were the voices that went through my head. This conversation took about 2 seconds.

  • Fastchrone

    Warrior of Light and you got me squenix

  • Vash bane

    tifa or terra then im golden….or even lighting (yeah I went there) XD

    • Asuna Ilano

      I think Lighting has a huge chance considering her popularity especially in Japan.

  • koyo koyo

    Anything to sell the game right, SE? Add Cloud into the mix and you’ve got yourself a hot product. Well, at least they know people are still stupid enough to fall for it no matter how crappy the game turns out to be.

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