Earlier today Square Enix held a livestream for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, showing off various facets of the game such as its Story Mode, opening cinematic, alternate costumes and, of course, gameplay.
At the helm was Director Takeo Kujiraoka and Producer Ichiro Hazama, who were later joined by Tetsuya Nomura himself via remote appearance.
To top things off, we get to see the in-game menus, starting with the Online Battle and Offline Battle. Though they didn’t delve into the online portion of the game for obvious reasons, they do show off a bit of the offline segment, revealing two separate modes: rush battle and free battle. Neither mode was touched, but it’s that free battle allows you to do a one-off battle against an enemy of your choosing, while rush battle has you fight multiple opponents (something like an Arcade Mode).
Afterwards, the team headed straight into Story Mode where we can see it has a sequence of branching events, which presumably unlock based on who you’re playing as and/or your performance. As an added treat, we get to see Noctis’ opening, where he finds himself separated from his buddies from Final Fantasy XV and eventually meets up with Lighting and the Warrior of Light.
Next, the stream moved on to Dissidia Final Fantasy NT’s “Treasure” mechanic, which looks very much like a loot box system. However, no money is involved and the boxes seem to be earned solely from playing the game. What’s more, all of the rewards are purely cosmetic and have no impact on gameplay, such as player icons, music tracks, chat emotes and costumes. Of course, just like previous Dissidia games, individual rewards can still be earned by spending the gil you earn in-game.
After that, we get to see the options menu where all the customization happens. This functions just like older Dissidia games as well, where the player can change any given character’s appearance, weapon, skills and emotes. Furthermore, you can also create a custom playlist featuring a medley of music from the Final Fantasy series to listen to while playing the game.
Last, but not least, we get to see gameplay, though not before going through a tutorial to explain it to us first. Most of the matches were simple multiplayer matches, though we do also get to see a battle against Odin. The battle showcased today was in Normal Mode, but there will also be a Hard Mode for those willing to test their skill.
With this stream, there’s no doubt that hype for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is at an all-time high. The game looks amazing and there are clearly many features and collectibles that Final Fantasy fans can look forward to discovering in the future.
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will arrive in North America and Europe on Jan. 30, 2018 for the PS4.
Check out the stream and other various Dissidia Final Fantasy NT-related videos below: