FANTASIAN Neo Dimension coming to Consoles and PC

 

Square-Enix has announced that the previously Apple Arcade exclusive JRPG "FANTASIAN" is now on it's way to consoles and PC! FANTASIAN is the latest project by Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi which mixes his love for video games and love for diorama creation. 

Rather than using computer created graphics, every single area in FANTASIAN is a hand crafted diorama that was 3D scanned into the game! Mixed with it's new take on incorporating attack aiming into it's turn based RPG battle systems, FANTASIAN is a unique JRPG that has been locked to Apple Arcade until now.

The game is scheduled to release Holiday 2024, and will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and on PC.

For more information, check out the official Trailer below, as well as the release statement from Square-Enix.

What is FANTASIAN Neo Dimension:

The protagonist Leo wakes up from a massive explosion only to find himself lost in a strange land. That’s not the only thing lost - his memories have almost entirely vanished too!

With only a single memory to guide him, he sets out on a journey to reclaim his lost past and unravel the mysteries of a bizarre mechanical infection that’s slowly engulfing all known to man.

This journey will take Leo and his growing party of allies through more than 150 hand-crafted dioramas, which combine physical environments with 3D characters. These were created by masters of the craft and include everything from dense forests and arid deserts to some… less conventional regions.

 

FANTASIAN New Dimension’s battle system:

Of course, you won’t explore unopposed - inevitably you’ll have to face off against hordes of monsters and worse in battle. FANTASIAN New Dimension’s turn-based battles will feel comfortable to fans of classic RPGs like the FINAL FANTASY and DRAGON QUEST series, but it has some unique mechanics that make it feel unique and modern.

One such mechanic the ability to aim attacks to hit enemies in straight or curved lines. The key to success lies in observing your foes’ turn order and position on the battlefield and using the right skills and trajectory of attacks to take multiple foes out efficiently.

The game also introduces the Dimengeon System, which allows you to avoid the interruptions of random encounters by sending previously encountered enemies to a dimensional dungeon. You can open the ‘Dimengeon’ at any point to battle everything stored inside at a time that’s convenient for you - and with some handy enhancements that make these thrilling large-scale battles fly by.

Of course, the longer you wait to open the Dimengeon, the more enemies you’ll have to take on, so you’ll need to think carefully about when to take on the challenge. Once it reaches capacity, the battle will start automatically!

It all adds up to combat that is very easy to understand yet has enormous depth to master - a killer combo that makes the game hard to put down!


New Features:

FANTASIAN originally released on iOS for Apple Arcade, but this new console and PC version has received some significant enhancements, which makes it the definitive way to play the game. These include:

  • English and Japanese voiceovers - All cutscenes, and many optional scenes in the game are now voice acted. You’ll be able to play the game with either the English or Japanese voice actors.

  • 4K visuals - the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Steam versions of the game will offer support for 4K displays, making this already beautiful game look even prettier.

  • Normal difficulty mode - FANTASIAN was a very difficult game upon release, with many bosses pounding players before they worked out the optimal strategies to defeat them. FANTASIAN Neo Dimension adds a new ‘Normal’ difficulty, to make the game a little more approachable. Of course, if you crave the challenge of the original game, that’s still there too!

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