Square Enix Punks Journalists With a Fake Final Fantasy Dating Sim We Wish Was Real
Revealed at Final Fantasy's 25th Anniversary event in Japan yesterday, the hypothetical smartphone dating game titled "Tokimeki Final Fantasy" places its nonexistent players into the role of a dippy schoolgirl.
Final Fantasy Type-0 director Hajime Tabata spent a good deal of time and energy cooking up the above "promo" for an otome (woman-pursuing-men) dating sim spin-off that, sadly, does not exist.
Revealed at Final Fantasy's 25th Anniversary event in Japan yesterday, the hypothetical smartphone dating game titled "Tokimeki Final Fantasy: Suzaku Magic Institution Peristylium ~ Oh no! I'm in Love with the Crystal's Divine Guardian ~" places its nonexistent players into the role of a dippy schoolgirl, who "will have school schedules to follow" and has the option to "fall in love with various male characters from Final Fantasy Type-0."
Check out the above video for the full details (if you speak Japanese) or just marvel at the amount of effort gone into the presentation, which is full of slides featuring character bios and game mechanic flowcharts. They even go into a dramatic reading at one point!
Honestly this seems like a great deal of wasted potential. Final Fantasy already enjoys a rather sizable female audience (and gay male, lest you believe otome games were for heterosexual women only) and we could easily see a dating sim spin-off performing quite well within a niche market of players. And look, they already have the pitch documents! If Square Enix doesn't pony up with a playable version of this thing, here's hoping the fans will come forward with their own player-made Final Fantasy dating games. Wait for me, Barret, my love!