Final Fantasy Agito was a free-to-play video game for iOS and Android platforms and is a follow-up to Final Fantasy Type-0. The game was a legitimate entry in the Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy series, and Hajime Tabata and Takeharu Ishimoto returned as producer and composer respectively. On June 10, 2014, a localization was announced alongside the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, but this never materialized.
The game ended service on November 30, 2015, but Square Enix said they would announce a "reborn" version during Tokyo Game Show. The new version was revealed on September 18, 2015 as Final Fantasy Type-0 Online and later as Final Fantasy Awakening, which was set to be released for mobile devices and PC in Japan in 2016.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Players begin by customizing their character, choosing their appearance and weapon before starting off as a Class Twelfth student in Akademeia. The player is accompanied by a moogle and can ride chocobos later. The player can interact with various NPC students and teachers. The player can also develop bonds by playing minigames and conversing with the members of Class Zero from the previous game, excluding Machina Kunagiri and Rem Tokimiya. The game is divided into single-player missions, while the final part of each installment involve multiplayer sections where players take on bosses. After each encounter, their performance across the installment is ranked and they are promoted to a new class accordingly.
Combat is based around the Active Time Battle system, utilizing turn-based mechanics and an action gauge which charges after each action. Combat is automated and players can issue actions by touching the screen. Actions, involving both physical and magical attacks, can be arranged into chains to execute combos, although each one takes time to cool down before it can be used again. Battles consist of a number of turns wherein players eliminate a select group of enemies. Members of Class Zero can be obtained and summoned once per battle for a short duration of time. The Killsight instant death ability also returns, where a carefully timed action enabling the character to kill an enemy with a single blow. The speed of in-game battles can be adjusted to suit individual players. A core part of the system as a whole is a job system, whereby the player character can be assigned different jobs, which change their abilities accordingly.
The game will be released in installments similar to Final Fantasy Dimensions, and players will be presented with choices that will influence the story of the next installment. While the core game is confirmed to be free, players have the option to pay for items, such as healing potions.
Story[edit | edit source]
The game is set in the country of Orience during the first cycle in the spiral of history, although not officially described as a prequel to Final Fantasy Type-0. The developers have stated that the history of Agito changes in the middle and becomes different than Type-0 making it an alternate spiral of history with the same settings, so players are directed to the history were the Agito is born. The player takes control of a customized character educated in Akademeia, joining characters from Final Fantasy Type-0, albeit they are in different classes. New characters Miyu Kagirohi, Lean Hampelmann and Tono Mahoroha were introduced but little is known about them. The story is set to alter with player choices. It is planned to lead to a different conclusion than Final Fantasy Type-0 cementing its status as a parallel companion game. The release of chapters began in May 2014 and is planned to conclude in August to September. 
Characters[edit | edit source]
- Cadet - Student who attends Akademeia, and can interact with other players and returning characters from Final Fantasy Type-0. Designed by the player.
New characters[edit | edit source]
- Miyu Kagirohi (ミユウ・カゲロヒ, Miyuu Kagerohi?) - She can be found at the Terrace during the morning, afternoon and evening. She is part of Class Second.
- Lean Hampelmann (リーン・ハンペルマン, Rīn Hanperuman?) - He is a prodigy scientist from the Militesi Empire.
- Tono Mahoroha (トオノ・マホロハ, Toono Mahoroha?) - She can be found in the Cemetery during the morning, afternoon and evening and in Kazusa's Laboratory during the evening. She is part of Class Twelfth.
Returning characters[edit | edit source]
- Ace: A blond boy who wields a deck of cards and is in Class Zero. He bears of the power of trust.
- Deuce: A brunette girl who wields a flute and is in Class Fourth. She bears of the power of gentleness.
- Trey: A blond-haired youth armed with a bow and arrow and is in Class Eleventh. He bears of the power of knowledge.
- Cater: A magicite pistol-wielding female with short, flared red hair from Class Tenth. She bears of the power of courage.
- Cinque: A young lady with brown, braided hair who fights using a mace and is in Class Third. She bears of the power of innocence.
- Sice: A silver-haired girl who wields a scythe as a weapon and is in Class Sixth. She isn't very good with words but has good judgment. She bears of the power of persistence.
- Seven: A gray-haired girl who carries an extending whipblade from Class Seventh. She bears of the power of understanding.
- Eight: A young martial artist with short auburn hair who fights with a pair of Knuckles from Class Fifth. He bears of the power of calmness.
- Nine: An impulsive young man with a scarred face and disheveled uniform who wields a spear and is in Class Second. He bears of the power of action.
- Jack: A young man with coiffed blond hair who fights using a katana from Class Twelfth. He bears of the power of ignorance.
- Queen: A dignified young woman with long black hair and trademark glasses who wields a sword from Class First. She bears of the power of intelligence.
- King: A young man who looks cold, but is actually kindhearted. He wields duel handguns and is from Class Ninth. He bears of the power of resolve.
- Machina Kunagiri - A dark-haired boy who wields duel rapiers. He bears the power of fear.
- Rem Tokimiya - A brunette girl who wields duel daggers. She bears the power of love.
- Kurasame Susaya - A young man who serves as an instructor of Akademeia and is specifically in charge of the instruction of Class Zero.
- Emina Hanaharu - A voluptuous young woman who serves as an officer of Akademeia.
- Izana Kunagiri - A young man who serves as the chocobo caretaker. He is the brother of Machina.
Development[edit | edit source]
The idea for Final Fantasy Agito originated with the early origins of Final Fantasy Type-0, meant to be a mobile game called Final Fantasy Agito XIII. Even after the game's platform and name changed, Hajime Tabata liked the 'Agito' title, and decided to return to his original concept, deciding to use the player-choice mechanic the original would have boasted. In an interview, Tabata said he considered Type-0 as the prototype for Agito.
In contrast to the original's dark and brutal story and atmosphere, Agito is intended to be lighter in tone, as reflected in the game's music, although serious moments are also incorporated. The first hint of the existence of Final Fantasy Agito came in April 2013, when Square Enix trademarked the name. While this was nothing new in terms of the company's operating procedure, it did incite speculation. The game's official announcement came later when Square Enix released details about the game in the September issue of Famitsu. Those who pre-registered online could get special street clothes to wear, while those who purchased the final volume of Final Fantasy Type-0: The Ice Reaper acquire a code for outfits inspired by the character Kurasame Susaya.
Thinking that it would please the core fans Final Fantasy Agito was released as a smartphone title, but it is very easy to play and most of the players are newcomers. The team decided to also develop the game for PS Vita because before distributing the smartphone version, there was demand by the core fans asking for Agito on Vita in Square Enix's player surveys.
The content between the smartphone and Vita versions was to be the same, but the player could operate the PS Vita version with the device buttons making the action aspect more enjoyable. Many people who play the smartphone version do it in their free time, but the PS Vita version could be played for longer periods of time, and Square Enix planned to make updates that met each new need, progressing in a way that can respond flexibly to how players play. As Final Fantasy Agito on its own is a free to play game, the packaged version would come with various perks.
A PlayStation Vita version named Final Fantasy Agito+ was announced to be released later. Square Enix later announced that the port was delayed. Originally scheduled for release on January 15, 2015, the release date was changed to 'TBA'. The stated reason was that technical issues were found in the game that required attention. The company apologized for the delay, and assured fans they were using the delay to improve the overall quality of the game. On September 17, 2015, Square Enix announced the cancellation of Final Fantasy Agito+ for Vita. It was later stated that the cancellation was due to critical technical problems including server cross-compatibility and problems with the multiplayer.
Production credits[edit | edit source]
Voice cast[edit | edit source]
|Miyu Kagirohi||Haruka Tomatsu|
|Tono Mahoroha||Hitomi Terakado|
|Lean Hampelmann||Kōki Uchiyama|
|Player Cadet||Takeaki Masuyama|
|Khalia Chival VI||Iemasa Kayumi|
|Arecia Al-Rashia||Atsuko Tanaka|
|Kurasame Susaya||Takahiro Sakurai|
|Emina Hanaharu||Rie Tanaka|
|Kazusa Futahito||Akira Ishida|
|Machina Kunagiri||Hiroshi Kamiya|
|Rem Tokimiya||Ryōko Shiraishi|
|Izana Kunagiri||Keiji Fujiwara|
|Naghi Minatsuchi||Shōtarō Morikubo|
|Carla Ayatsugi||Aya Hirano|
|Quon Yobatz||Ryōtarō Okiayu|
|Mutsuki Chiharano||Marika Matsumoto|
|Ryid Uruk||Masahiro Kobayashi|
|Aria Luricara||Ai Nonaka|
|Zhuyu Voghfau Byot||Hiroki Tōchi|
|Cid Aulstyne||Shūichiro Moriyama|
|Qator Bashtar||Hideo Ishikawa|
|Qun'mi Tru'e||Megumi Toyoguchi|
- Additional voices (Japanese)
Kazuya Nakai, Nana Mizuki, Tomoyuki Higuchi, Yū Kobayashi, Chiemi Ishimatsu
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
[aɡɪtoː] is a Latin verb conjugation meaning "I put in motion". It is the first principal part (first-person singular present active indicative) and citation form of the verb; its infinitive form is agitāre, "to put in motion".Agito
Final Fantasy Type-0 was originally called Final Fantasy Agito XIII and this is likely where Final Fantasy Agito gets its name. Agito is also a term in Orience, being the name of the mythical messiah who will appear at Tempus Finis.
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References[edit | edit source]
- http://www.siliconera.com/2015/09/16/final-fantasy-agito-for-playstation-vita-gets-cancelled/ (Accessed: September 17, 2015) at Siliconera
- Famitsu Weekly issue 1293 (in Japanese), September 10, 2013, pages=112-115 Enterbrain Inc.
- TGS 2014: Dengeki Interviews FF Type-0 HD and FFXV Director Hajime Tabata — SQEX.info