On May 16, 2016, Square Enix announced that their hit smartphone game, Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, will be coming to western gamers sometime this summer. The game recently hit six million downloads in Japan, so hopes are high that this free game is as good as it looks. The game is developed by Square Enix and Gumi Inc, and is the first collaboration between the two companies.
The game is a turn-based Japanese role-playing game, similar to that of older Final Fantasy titles. It presents itself as a spin-off of the Final Fantasy series, yet borrows many aspects from one of Gumi's older games, Brave Frontier. The battle system's interface is more akin to the latter, while other aspects, such as magic, limit breaks, and summons, are all features we know from the Final Fantasy titles.
The story follows two knights and a girl through a fantasy world. In this world, there are two powerful forces in balance: Vision and Lapis. Vision is the manifestation of people's thoughts and feelings and Lapis is the world where all Magic Crystals exist alongside all the visions of the world. With the powers in balance, the world prospered, but peace can't last forever; as Lapis falls apart, the heroes must use the power of Vision to save it.
The game advertises that it's easy to get a grasp of, as well as make a smoother gameplay experience for those who are not very familiar with the franchise. The game also promises the appearances of some older characters, such as the Warrior of Light, Zidane, Cecil, Rydia, Terra, and others to cater to the Final Fantasy veterans.
While the game doesn't launch until summer, you can pre-register here. Doing so will grant you some special in-game loot when it releases, but it hasn't been said yet what this sweet loot could be or what it will do. To keep the fans busy while they wait, the game will be playable at Square Enix's E3 booth, from June 14-16.