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Square Enix offers new details on Theatrythm Final Fantasy

When you first heard the 3DS announced, your first thought – obviously – was, “I just hope to God that system gets a mashup of Final Fantasy and the rhythm-action genre, or it doesn't have a hope in hell.” Thankfully, Square Enix realized this was what people would be thinking, promptly assuring citizens that, indeed, they would be getting a game that combined these two eminently combine-able things. Now the company has released new details for Theatrythm Final Fantasy, including screenshots that highlight the game's FF characters, redesigned for rhythm-theatricality (and creepy resemblance to stoned marionettes).

TFF's official site, while mainly in Japanese, does go to pains to explain to both locals and Westerners the implications of the title: if you were figuring on a whole new Final Fantasy game, you should be prepared for a simplified “Theatre” experience, but don't worry, because there's also “Rhythm” involved – which is where we get “Theatrythm,” see? With that puzzle solved, you can get back to your daily life.

The game's play style – pick four characters from throughout the FF franchise and take them on adventures based around tracks from the series' music-rich lineage – has been explained a little more, with level-ups and item-collection adding to the traditional rhythm-game structure. Which is lucky because, let's be frank here, that structure hasn't really changed since BeatMania – which coincidentally happened at the same time Final Fantasy was enjoying the kind of mass-cultural clout it's unlikely to regain within our lifetime.


Above: FFXIII's Lightning features in a semi-interactive story governed by arbitrary button-presses, in a first for the character. Oohh, FFXIII-burn

The game doesn't have a Japanese release date yet – let alone any hint of a Western release. Would you be keen to play? What do you think of the designs?

Jul 12, 2011

Source: Andriasang

22 comments

  • ranzatsu - July 13, 2011 7:50 a.m.

    Christ.....DON'T GIVE ME THIS CRAP, I WANT VERSUS XIII! And please, nearly every spin-off shows Cloud and Lightning. Can't get enough of the twins, Square Enix? This looks pretty cute though. But still. Versus. Want.
  • UsernameLoser - July 13, 2011 2:11 a.m.

    So will the characters be talking at all? Also, if you can't figure it out, that's Lightning in my icon.
  • Linktoreality - July 12, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    Anything like Elite Beat Agents is a winner in my book. As long as I get to play some of the good FF characters (i.e., those in FF6) I'll definitely buy it.
  • Ilyere - July 12, 2011 10 p.m.

    Being a fangirl, I will probably get this. Will they be using old music, or making new tracks? However, the character designs in this game, uhh...
  • Boomaga - July 12, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    I don't get the "sellouts" comments from the people who insist that SquareEnix should remake the same stuff over again rather than try something different. I believe calling someone a sellout and then telling them they should do the same old thing they've already done over again is hypocrisy at its finest.
  • dcbernman - July 12, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    First off, I'm not so sure that FFs 7, 8, and 9 really need remakes. At least not 8 and 9. 7 does look pretty dated... however, a fully fleshed out Final Fantasy 6 would renew my dying faith in gaming.
  • yetanotherCid304 - July 12, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    SE is starting to become a bunch of sellouts, just forget about the spin-offs and give us FFXV (non-MMO), an FFVII/VIII/IX remake,FFXII versus (the only spin-off im actually excited for), or KH3. P.S.:Actually, those characters were unlockable avatars in Dissidia 012 but yes, they are quite scary.
  • Boomaga - July 12, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    You mean those characters look quite delightening! I logically can't explain why I'm so excited for this game. This game's very existence defies logic, but I want it. Real bad.
  • codystovall - July 12, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    What is this, I dont even. Who wanted this, who asked and who thought this-so many questions.
  • paganpoet - July 12, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    Those characters look quite frightening.
  • fatdog12300 - July 12, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Maybe if this does good outside Japan It'll cause the making of a new, non-Japan-only Ouendan/EBA game.
  • Cyberninja - July 12, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    Is it just me is everyone pestimisstic on the internet? I have faith in SE that this game will be good. People should be able to try new games that do things alot differently from the standard. In a COD disscussinon you have justifiable reason to love or bash the game because it has proven itself mutiple times. but this is a new idea remember when people said dissida was a bad idea but it turned out to be a great game in the end.
  • mothbanquet - July 12, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    As a lifelong FF fan, I have to say that I hope Square Enix die, both horribly and soon...
  • eliguy83 - July 12, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    Erm...probably not. So much of this is unappealing. See, you're supposed to give me reasons to *want* to get a 3DS, not the other way around.
  • Squander - July 12, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    The CRITICAL! covers Cloud's face!! >:/ I am not fond with music games on Handhelds as those tiny speakers hardly deliver a perfect aural experience. The music in FF is so good that I would like to see this game on a home console rather than on the 3DS.
  • pr0tostar - July 12, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    From a rhythmgame geek's perspective; this looks alot like DJ MAX Technika, which HAS come along way from the simple keytapping of beatmania >.>; But yeah that's just an observation of someone who actually plays those games avidly
  • EnigmaSpirit - July 12, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    I like Chibi characters... but those faces better be changed before release.
  • Hobogonigal - July 12, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    Creepy! I'm not too sure about this one really, seems like the dedicated fans would enjoy this a bit more than I would.
  • Sensationo - July 12, 2011 8 a.m.

    Yes Coraline style avatars! WE ALL LOVE YOU MOTHER!!!
  • sharkweek - July 12, 2011 6:13 a.m.

    Seems interesting.

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