Square Enix are jumping into the battle royale arena with Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, a last-player standing multiplayer shooter that is one of the more unexpected spin-offs from the iconic JRPG series.
Following the closed beta test back in June, Square Enix has dropped a new trailer for the game, coming to iOS and Android in later this year. It’s not clear if this will be a global release or one that’s region locked to start with.
Set thirty years before the events of Final Fantasy VII, players will join Shinra’s enhanced ranks of military fighters. Though there’s definitely some battle royale vibes, with rideable Chocobo and motorbikes, as well as weapon-filled vending machines, you have some classed characters to choose between – Warrior Sorceror, Monk, Ranger, Ninja – and Square Enix has added in more PvE elements with monsters to battle out in the world map – from the trailers shown, we can see a number of a familiar locales stripped from Final Fantasy 7 Remake. You’ll also have your own summons to call upon to fight alongside you.
Square Enix held a closed beta back in June – exclusively for Android and users in the US and Canada – that will have surely fed into the game’s development.
The new trailer for Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier was thrown into the mix of a relatively subdued TGS 2021 showcase from Square Enix. The Japanese publisher repeated a fair few trailers for new and upcoming games, such as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Life Is Strange True Colors and the remaster of the original game, and so on, though obviously marketing them to a Japanese audience.
If you wanted Final Fantasy XVI? Well, you were going to be disappointed. That game was not at TGS 2021 and Square gave fans a heads up ahead of time. Instead, this new trailer and the release date and second demo for Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin were used to pick up the slack. The real highlight, from many people’s perspectives, will be the surprise announcement of Dungeon Encounters, a minimalist dungeon crawler from the creator the legendary Active Time Battle system.