We all love 16-bit JRPGs, right? Naturally, Final Fantasy XV is going to capitalize on the growing trend of giving a shout to the Golden Age of the genre and release a fun little sprite-based spin-off that plays like Final Fantasy VI. Totally going to happen… right?
Nope. Actually, Square Enix is diving into a genre it has never really been known for excelling at, and that’s the classic arcade beat ’em up. A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV ignores the franchise’s Chrono Trigger and Suikoden roots and instead aims to highlight the likes of Streets of Rage and Final Fight.
Taking place in a fictitious 30 years before FINAL FANTASY XV, this game features retro-style inspired graphics centered around a fast-paced combat system with influences from modern gaming. The in-depth combat system blends intense attacks, devastating magic, mighty summons and unique companion attacks into a singular gaming experience through three diverse locations in the world of FINAL FANTASY XV.
It’s yet another goofy, little spin-off that comes for free when you pre-order the game. Probably even goofier than the anime series or the movie. The character animation comes off as really stiff, but the monsters themselves bring back a lot of fond 16-bit memories. Looks like it’ll make for a fun afternoon, but hopefully you’ll be playing the real game when it launches instead.
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when you pre-order Final Fantasy XV at GameStop.