Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light announced, first screens inside

Square Enix has just announced Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light for the Nintendo DS. This will be the first completely original Final Fantasy title to be released on the system. New features include the Action Point Combat System, which will allow you to save up action points during battle for powerful special attacks. The game will also feature what Square is calling the Crown Job System, which will feature 20 jobs and dozens of new abilities. However, we’re not sure how different this will be from job systems in previous Final Fantasy titles. The most exciting new feature, however, was the announcement of four player co-op, which will find you and your friends joining forces.

Above: Four player co-op sounds exciting. But we're wondering how often we'll actually link up with three other friends

Above: We like the look of the character avatars

Above: An early peak at the battle menu

Above: The town on the right looks gorgeous, but the top screen looks a little empty with Brandt all by himself

Unfortunately, it sounds like Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light just might have the most generic story of all time. At the very least, it hits all the overused standards common in so many JRPGs. Here’s what Square has to say so far:

In the small kingdom of Horne, Brandt awakes on the morning of his 14th birthday. Today is the day he becomes an adult, and the custom of the realm says that he must go to the castle to present himself to the king.

Yet when he arrives at the castle, he finds the king distraught and the youngest princess missing, abducted by the Witch of the North. With no one else to turn to, the king makes a shocking request: will Brandt save the princess?

And thus Brandt’s adventure begins…

Waking up on your birthday? A young princess missing? And then there’s you, the chosen one who must save the day! Surely, there will be some unexpected evil for you to save the world from, too. Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light is being developed by the same team responsible for the Nintendo DS remakes of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV, so here’s hoping that this new title can overcome its painfully plain setting.

May 28, 2010


  • AkiraTenshi - June 2, 2010 10:02 a.m.

    They seem to be going for an old school vibe with this game in both the story and the gameplay. This is still a FF game though, of course there will be a greater evil to defeat and some twists in the story.
  • PrierAdmirer - May 31, 2010 8:38 a.m.

    When I first read the title, I was like, Final Fantasy remake for the DS, whaaaaattt. Cause that would be really stupid, thank god that it's not. While the story sounds cookie-cutter, there might be an unexpected twist that could really hook us in. I say we give it the benefit of the doubt.
  • Craza - May 31, 2010 6:12 a.m.

    The avatars look a lot like Miis. >.>
  • Geminiman82 - May 31, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    Good! More sprites = good FF
  • Vicarius27 - May 30, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    I don't think the history is lame, ok maybe yes, but don't forgot that not all gamers are 30 years old nerds. I think this gona be a good game for kids.
  • Cyberninja - May 30, 2010 1:34 p.m.

    well if the gameplay is good the story doesnt matter like in all mario games
  • TheKennedyCurse - May 29, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    Another JRPG with a shitty story. God dammit, Japan, evolve already.
  • Psylockerules - May 29, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    aw man, i read it as final fantasy 4 : the heroes of light, dammit! :(
  • Clovin64 - May 29, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    That storyline makes no damn sense. The princess of the kingdom has been captured! Should we send the Kings mighty army to defeat the evil doers? No, lets just send a BLOODY 14 YEAR OLD BOY. Seriously, only the 1980's fantasy games should be able to get away with that. Whats he going to do? Defeat the legions of evil with a mighty whallop of adolenscent angst? Bah.
  • db1331 - May 29, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    Headline made me chortle.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 29, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    *snoore* FF3 and 4 were good, though.
  • jakenatr12 - May 29, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    This is a real step down from all the other less recent FF games that I have played... To be honest Final Fantasy 3 for DS seems better than this "piece of crap" game that we have here.....
  • Tygerclaws - May 29, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    1980s-esque story? Me, completely unsarcastic: "AWESOME! FINALLY!" Seriously, after what XII and XIII tried to do, it's a BLESSING to return to something semi-classic.

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