Final Fantasy Type-0 Online

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Final Fantasy Type-0 Online
FF Type-0 Online Logo.png
Official logo.
Developer(s) Perfect World
Publisher(s) Square Enix[a]
Series
Engine Unity
Platform(s)
Release iOS, Android
  • CHN: December 14, 2016
  • TWN: August 2, 2017
  • HKG: August 2, 2017
  • MAC: August 2, 2017
  • IDN: August 15, 2017
  • SGP: October 13, 2017
  • MYS: October 13, 2017
Genre(s) Role-playing
Mode(s) Multiplayer

Final Fantasy Type-0 Online,[b] known in China and in later releases as Final Fantasy Awakening,[c] is a multiplayer action role-playing game developed by Perfect World and published by Square Enix for iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows. It was first released in China for iOS and Android devices in December 2016, with a Japanese release planned for the future and other regions under consideration.[2] The game is set in the universe of Final Fantasy Type-0, forming part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries. Acting as a replacement to Final Fantasy Agito, the game features multiplayer hack-and-slash gameplay.

Planning for the title began in 2014 after it became clear that the online elements of Agito could not be developed further due to technical difficulties. The game is being overseen by staff from Agito, while the main development is handled by Perfect World, who were chosen due to their good track record for domestic and international online games. First announced at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show, its first beta test opened in mainland China in April 2016. It met with commercial success in China, achieving two million downloads within its month of release.

The game was released in Indonesia as Final Fantasy Awakening on August 15, 2017 by Efun Company Limited.[3][4][5]

Overview

Gameplay

Preview of the game showing the games multiplayer "hack and slash" gameplay

Final Fantasy Type-0 Online is focused around multiplayer gameplay similar to the multiplayer functions of Final Fantasy Type-0, but with a more evolved system and hack-and-slash style gameplay.[6] The game will use a free-to-play purchase model: while the base game is free, optional items can be purchased by the player for cash.[7]

Synopsis

Type-0 Online takes place in Orience, a world divided between four warring nations. It is referred to as a "parallel world" to that of the original Type-0.[8] Similar to Type-0 and Agito, the world is locked in a repeating spiral of history, with Type-0 Online being an iteration of that history.[9]

Development and release

Planning for Type-0 Online began in November 2014, with full development starting at the beginning of 2015. The game was designed as a successor to Final Fantasy Agito, which had hit insurmountable technical barriers which stopped further development of its online functions.[9] Type-0 Online is being co-developed by Square Enix and Chinese online game developer Perfect World.[6][7] While Perfect World handled primary development, the original staff of Agito supervised the project. Perfect World was chosen as they had extensive experience with domestic and international online games.[9] After Agito shut down, the development team transferred over to work on Type-0 Online.[10][11] Over 100 staff at Perfect World were attached to the game's development for more than a year. Development went on for longer than anticipated, although it progressed smoothly when it neared its first open beta.[1] It was built upon the Unity game engine.[12]

It was first hinted with the announcement that Agito was shutting down in November 2015. The company stated that a "reborn" version of Agito would be shown off at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show.[13] The game was announced at that event, along with its release window and that players of Agito would receive an unspecified "favor" if they chose to play Type-0 Online.[14] A beta test was scheduled for Chinese territories in the winter of 2015.[14] The first beta test ended up starting in mid-April 2016.[15] When it was first announced, a localization for Europe and North America was under consideration.[8] At the 2015 AWS Summit Tokyo, the open beta for Japan was announced for June, with releases following in Japan, North America and Europe.[16] Its first playable appearance was at the 2016 ChinaJoy Expo. It was also stated at the event that Perfect World would act as the game's publishers in Asian territories outside Japan.[1] In October 2016, it was announced that the game would be renamed Final Fantasy Awakening in China.[17] The game became available for general download in China on December 14, 2016.[2]

Reception

On the day of its release in China, Type-0 Online achieved 500,000 downloads, coming in at #5 in the best-selling mobile games in China at the time.[18][19] By the end of December, downloads had reached two million.[19]

Notes

  1. ^ Published in Asian territories outside Japan by Perfect World (China) and Efun (Malaysia and Singapore).[1]
  2. ^ Fainaru Fantajī Reishiki Onrain (Japanese: ファイナルファンタジー零式 オンライン)
  3. ^ Chinese: 最终幻想 觉醒; pinyin: Zuì Zhōng Huànxiǎng Juéxǐng

References

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  2. ^ a b Romano, Sal (2016-12-14). "Final Fantasy Awakening open beta now available in China". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2016-12-15. Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  3. ^ "FINAL FANTASY AWAKENING 3D: ARPG Lisensi Resmi SE By Efun Games Co Ltd". August 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ "APK - FINAL FANTASY AWAKENING: 3D ARPG Lisensi Resmi SE APK". 
  5. ^ "Google Play: FINAL FANTASY AWAKENING: 3D ARPG Lisensi Resmi SE". 
  6. ^ a b Sato (2015-09-19). "Final Fantasy Type-0 Online Announced For PC And Smartphone". Siliconera. Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  7. ^ a b 『ファイナルファンタジー零式 オンライン』公式リリースが到着、PVも公開【TGS2015】 (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2015-09-19. Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  8. ^ a b Goldfarb, Andrew (2015-09-19). "TGS 2015: Final Fantasy Type-0 Online Announced for Mobile, PC". IGN. Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  9. ^ a b c 『FFXV』と『FF零式 オンライン』について田畑端氏を直撃! 2016年3月には驚きの発表も!? (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2015-09-22. Archived from the original on 2015-09-22. Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  10. ^ "FF Agito Official Management - 30 November 2015 (1/2)" (in Japanese). Twitter. 2015-11-30. Archived from the original on 1 December 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  11. ^ "FF Agito Official Management - 30 November 2015 (2/2)" (in Japanese). Twitter. 2015-11-30. Archived from the original on 1 December 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  12. ^ Chelen, Matt (2016-10-22). "Final Fantasy: The Awakening Is Bringing Type-0's World To Mobile Later This Year". MMO.com. Archived from the original on 2016-11-26. Retrieved 2016-11-26. 
  13. ^ ファイナルファンタジーアギト - サービス終了のお知らせ(11/30) [Final Fantasy Agito - Notice of Termination of Service (11/30)] (in Japanese). Square Enix. 2015-08-30. Archived from the original on 2015-08-31. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  14. ^ a b Romano, Sal (2015-09-19). "Final Fantasy Type-0 Online announced for PC and smartphones". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  15. ^ Li, Yu Quan (2016-04-13). 《幻想Zero》4月开测 神似《最终幻想:零式Online》 (in Chinese). Gamersky.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  16. ^ Sato (2016-06-08). "Final Fantasy Type-0 Online's Open Beta In China This Month, Japan And The West Will Get It Later". Siliconera. Archived from the original on 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  17. ^ "最终幻想手游正式定名《最终幻想 觉醒》" (in Chinese). Fire Emblem Type-0 Online Chinese Website. 2016-10-21. Archived from the original on 2016-11-05. Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  18. ^ 「最終幻想 覚醒」(邦題:ファイナルファンタジー零式 ONLINE)の正式サービスが中国でスタート。配信初日に50万DLを達成 (in Japanese). 4Gamer.net. 2016-12-16. Archived from the original on 2017-04-02. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  19. ^ a b スマートフォン向け 「最終幻想 覚醒」200万ダウンロードを突破 (in Japanese). Square Enix. 2016-12-28. Archived from the original on 2017-04-02. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 

External links

  • Official website (China) (in Chinese)
  • Official website (Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau) (in Chinese)
  • Official website (Indonesia)
  • Official website (Singapore/Malaysia)
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