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FINAL FANTASY VII: Square Enix’s battle royale game for mobile devices, “First Soldier,” will be released in November, produced by producer Tetsuya Nomura at a live stream special at the Tokyo Game Show on Sunday. Pre-registration will begin later this month.
The title was first announced in February and the team is coordinating with feedback from the closed beta in the summer. Producer Shoichi Ichikawa said controller compatibility was the most requested feature after the beta and is currently being added to the game.
“I want a lot of people to be able to play on PCs and consoles,” Ichikawa said. “We’re not at that point yet, but we hope this brings players closer to the experience.” Currently, we have no plans to port the game to other platforms.
Other improvements include an improved tutorial with both a mode to help players new to battle royale games learn the basics and a mode to help players get the hang of gameplay. .. A new training map has also been added to allow you to practice in a combat environment.
According to Ichikawa, 75% of beta respondents said the game met or exceeded expectations. Game controls and balance have been updated in response to feedback — many respondents have selected the Warrior class as requiring polish.
The piece exchange system, which is popular with beta testers, has been adjusted and expanded. Players can collect pieces from the secret box and defeat monsters to exchange for items. Items change from season to season.
There are both standard and ranked matches in the game. Players can receive items to reach each of the seven ranks of the game, and at the end of each season the top player receives a special codename to inform others of their battlefield feats. increase.
Ichikawa said there was no system to use money to reward players and the match would result in player skills.
There is no actual story mode, but there is a third mode that features three characters that are tied to the story.
The background of the game is familiar to anyone who has played FINAL FANTASY VII or FINAL FANTASY VII: Remake. The game is set in a VR sim that Shinra uses to train Soldier candidates, and many places reflect where they were found in FINAL FANTASY VII Remake.
The second half of the live stream was devoted to a match between a team of guest streamers facing the team of developers. In this match, we briefly described the Ninja class that was added to the game and participates in the Warrior, Wizard, Monk, and Ranger classes. Each class has its own skills and abilities.
The Ninja class provides a flexible experience for players to perform melee attacks and use ranged weapons. This class is very useful for stealth gameplay because it has the ability to disappear for a short time.
A new trailer for the game, released during the Square Enix live stream on Saturday, showed players riding chocobos during the match. The representative birds of the series also appeared in the stream on Sunday. Two players can ride the chocobo and the bird can fly a very short distance and kick.
There are other vehicles available that you can’t get over your allies, but you can damage your enemies.
Players can level up during the match by fighting monsters and gaining experience
“If you don’t have experience and level up, you won’t be in FINAL FANTASY,” Ichikawa said.
Players who feel overwhelmed can take on monsters to become stronger. Even if there are monsters on a part of the map and the player is in a battle with another player, some will engage.
At a team match on Sunday, Ichikawa said some missions could be accepted during the match to offer more experience.
The match showed a team fighting near an abandoned church in Sector 5 where players encounter Aeris in FINAL FANTASY VII and its remake.
When it comes to summoning, they seem to act differently. According to Ichikawa, Ifrit will fight with you, while Shiva will throw diamond dust into the area. There are also more summons planned for the game.
The team promised more updates as the game approached its release next month for iOS and Android devices.
Jason Coskrey is a Tokyo-based writer. Find him on twitter @JCoskrey
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