Following the trademark registration for Idol Fantasy, Square Enix officially revealed it as a “magical heart-throbbing fantasy x idol training game” for smartphones, with designs by Tetsuya Nomura and many others.
Here’s a look at the first trailer:
Idol Fantasy by Square Enix sounds like a Final Fantasy spinoff, but the game itself has more of an Uta no Prince-sama vibe going on with a variety of designs by different illustrators including Kirishima So, Teita, Jiro Suzuki, and memo.
Square Enix developers will also do some character designs, including Tetsuya Nomura known for his work on the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series, who designed characters of a rival idol unit that will be revealed in the near future. Gen Kobayashiw who worked alongside Nomura on character designs for The World Ends with You will also join as a character designer along with Yasuhisa Izumisawa who previously worked on the Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles series and more recently as the chibi-artist for World of Final Fantasy.
Here are some of the idol units that have been revealed so far:
The character designs are being handled by many other famous talents involved in popular anime, game, manga, and more. It will also feature a luxurious voicing cast to go with it. The music will come from artists who wrote popular J-pop music as well as those who worked in video games.
Square Enix is also putting in some effort into its choreography, as they’ve hired numerous dancers to help with the dance formations for the game. And lastly, Square Enix says we can expect to see all kinds of idol work scenes, including live shows, movies, TV program filming, and more.
Those of you interested can pre-register on the game’s official website with Twitter, LINE, or email. Players will get 15 Crystals for 10,000 registrations, 30 Crystals for 20,000 registrations, a Twitter icon for 30,000 registrations, a limited “Shoulder Puno” item of the mascot in the above image for 50,000 registrations, and 100 Crystals for a total of 145 with the other rewards included for 100,000 registrations.
Idol Fantasy will launch in Japan in Summer 2018 for iOS and Android.