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