Now that it’s been unveiled (… again) Dengeki Online has some commentary from Yoshinori Kitase about Final Fantasy Type-0.
The keywords for the battle system are "magic in action." Weapons in the game are imbued with magic. As an example, the screenshot above shows Rem fighting an Empire Army unit. She has four commands: Fire ST (straight?), Dancing Dagger, Thunder MW (multi-way?), and Cure. Machina and Rem are the protagonists in Final Fantasy Type-0, but they are far from alone. The PSP game has an additional 12 lead characters for a total of fourteen playable party members.
Before battles begin, players will have to strategically move characters on the world map. You send three members out at a time and they could die in battle. The game doesn’t end there. Final Fantasy Type-0 lets players replenish their forces with additional units. That’s part of the game’s system, which is designed so defeat an enemy bit by bit with several groups of reinforcements.
Final Fantasy Type-0 is designed to be a single player game where you can enjoy the feeling of a multiplayer system without gathering your friends to play. You can gather your friends too since Square Enix also developed a multiplayer mode where you can earn points (it isn’t clear what these do) by aiding other players. Multiplayer sessions are initially limited to three minutes, but this time can be extended if another player is doing well.
Final Fantasy Type-0 is slated for release this summer in Japan.