Publisher Square Enix is teasing the upcoming launch of a new mobile Final Fantasy game from Takashi Tokita, director of the classic Super Nintendo RPG Chrono Trigger.
While few details regarding the project are known, Square Enix revealed that the game is in development for iOS and Android devices. In a brief message accompanying a countdown timer set to conclude next week, Tokita reflects on the “dramatic battles full of humanity” that define the Final Fantasy series, suggesting the project will follow in the footsteps of the combat-focused Final Fantasy Record Keeper.
“Final Fantasy is about characters with anger and sadness and dramatic battles full of humanity,” Tokita’s message reads in Japanese, as translated by DualShockers. “And more than anything else, we should not forget the fantasy.”
Fans will instantly recognize the site’s background music as the series-spanning motif Prelude and further clues regarding the upcoming release lie in the teaser site’s design and tags. The site’s source code refers to the upcoming project as “FF_NEW” and “FFLTS,” and its front-page artwork is created by longtime series collaborator Yoshitaka Amano.
Series publisher Square Enix has produced a string of Final Fantasy-themed minigames and spinoffs for mobile devices over the past several years, with mixed results. While past mobile releases like Final Fantasy Record Keeper and Final Fantasy All the Bravest cash in on fan nostalgia by incorporating characters, settings, and scenes from past games, recent apps like Mobius Final Fantasy attempt to branch out with original storylines and gameplay mechanics.
Square Enix stepped up its presence in the mobile marketplace significantly in the months leading up to the launch of Final Fantasy XV. The company’s most recent Final Fantasy-themed mobile release, Justice Monsters Five, is a bizarre pinball/pachinko hybrid based on a Final Fantasy XV minigame. It is unclear whether Tokita’s upcoming project is intended to be a major series release or a Final Fantasy XV promotional spinoff.
Final Fantasy XV launches worldwide on November 29.