This week, Mistwalker and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi finally presented Fantasian in its entirety. Above all visually, the RPG offers a unique selling point with its unique diorama look. Even so, Fantasian isn’t what many JRPG fans have wished for from Sakaguchi. Because it is a mobile RPG and will be released for Apple Arcade.
In terms of playtime, Fantasian doesn’t want to be inferior to its big console colleagues in any way. “Even in the initial discussions with Apple, I described my goal very clearly: I wanted to make a full-fledged game, a console-like experience of an RPG for the players,” says Sakaguchi in an interview with Eurogamer.
A console-like experience
“At the time, Apple was also interested in a fully fledged game. That was a step I took at the right time in my career. And that’s how Fantasian created a game length of 60 hours – which is quite comparable to an RPG on the console. I’m very happy with it, ”continued Sakaguchi. A 60-hour mobile RPG – that’s an announcement.
The story of Fantasian begins in a realm ruled by machines. In this multi-dimensional universe, the balance of “chaos and order” is a key factor in the battle for the empires and machinations of the gods. Players take on the role of the protagonist Leo, who wakes up after a massive explosion and finds himself in a foreign country. Players set out to regain Leo’s memories.
150 real dioramas serve as backgrounds
Fantasian is a mobile game, so it will probably not offer excessive game mechanics. Sakaguchi uses his experience from the (classic) Final Fantasy franchise and extends it with current quality-of-life improvements. This includes the “Dimengeon Battle” feature. Players can send opponents to a separate dungeon so that they can explore the beautiful locations without interruptions. Later you can kill the monsters with one swing in the dungeon.
Fantasian especially arouses curiosity visually. The dioramas are “real” – over 150 such works were created by various Japanese artists and are used in the game. Veterans of this work who have worked on Godzilla films, Attack on Titan and Ultraman, among others.
Fantasian is coming to Apple Arcade this year.
Images: Fantasian, Mistwalker