Final Fantasy Brave Exvius brings new adventure to iOS
The increasingly inaccurately named Final Fantasy series is getting yet another mobile entry, but this time it’s a bit more special. Unlike the previous ports and “nostalgia” games, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a brand new entry that provides the gameplay and story elements that fans have come to expect.
The good thing about this, of course, is that it’s yet further proof that developers are taking mobile gaming very seriously. Ports are easy and relatively cheap to bring to the iPhone and iPad. Developers need only reconfigure the code, and there’s already a built-in audience of those ready to relive the game. But new games require story development and writing. They’re built from the ground up. There’s new character development and artwork. That takes time and money, but even with free-to-play games like this one, the audience dollars are there, ready to be spent in $0.99 IAP bursts.
Co-developed by Square Enix Inc. and gumi Inc., Final Fantasy Brave Exvius has been available in Japan for some time now, where it has a fanbase of over 6.5 million players. And now, worldwide audiences can get their hands on the title which “… fuses the epic features of all Final Fantasy titles, including captivating story, strategic turn-based gameplay and the legendary conflict between heroes and foes with modern streamlined battle mechanics and intuitive touch controls.”
Of course, you can’t have a Final Fantasy release these days without some nostalgia:
Adventurers begin their quest for a highly-coveted crystal, shortly meeting two knights from Grandshelt, and a young girl. With special appearances by classic FINAL FANTASY characters like Cecil, Vivi and Terra, players adventure through fields and dungeons discovering items, collecting gil, uncovering hidden paths, and unlocking high-quality CG-animated summons.
Today’s new worldwide release includes:
- New items and daily quests
- High-definition graphic support for tablet devices
- Achievements and leaderboards
- Game balance refinements based on the Japanese version
- Facebook Login Integration
Oh. That last one bugs me. I’m a firm believer in the separation of Facebook and game.
Anyway, it all comes together to look like this:
Along with today’s release announcement comes an “Early Bird Bundle” (a one-time purchase at $3.99) for beginners who wish to grow their characters at a faster pace. Other bundles will be available regularly for purchase for players to obtain characters and items quicker.
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is available now for free (with in-app purchases) in the iTunes App Store.