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What the Heck is World of Final Fantasy? See for Yourself With Next Week's Demo

Square Enix is keeping old traditions alive in more ways than one.

News by Jeremy Parish, .

We're less than two weeks out from World of Final Fantasy's launch, and by and large it's still hard to say precisely what the game actually is.

A cute RPG centered around Final Fantasy iconography, yes... but what else? It seems to play out pretty differently than Kingdom Hearts, Theatrhythm, or Record Keeper — all of which could also be described as "cute RPGs centered around Final Fantasy iconography." Square Enix has played its cards close to its vest with this one. It doesn't help that the interview I had planned with the game's creators back at E3 ended up being cancelled when the team came down with food poisoning! Thankfully they seem to have recovered, as the game will be arriving on schedule, but World of Final Fantasy remains something of a head-scratcher.

You needn't make the leap into World of Final Fantasy blind, however. Square Enix announced today that a free demo for the game will arrive next week on the PlayStation Store. Coming on the heels of the recent Dragon Quest Builders demo, Square Enix seems determined to singlehandedly keep alive the forgotten art of letting people play a little bit of a game for free with enough time to cancel their preorders if they don't like they don't see. World of Final Fantasy will ship simultaneously on PlayStation 4 and Vita, but the demo announcement doesn't specify which platform players will be able to take for a test drive last week. Most likely the demo will appear for both systems, as with the Builders demo.

Playing the demo will yield greater rewards than simply the opportunity to see the game in action for yourself. Besides giving you a taste of the RPG's super-cute take on beloved heroes like Cloud Strife and Squall Leonheart, completing the demo will allow you to carry over saved data into the final game in which you potentially battle and capture a special enemy. You can presumably expect the demo to arrive around the same time as the rest of next week's standard PSN update, at which point you can tick one more mystery off your checklist.

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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #1 cldmstrsn A year ago
    Even though I know im getting this it wont be for a little while just like DQ Builders so I definitely want to try the demo when it comes out.Edited October 2016 by cldmstrsn
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #2 The-Challenger A year ago
    After watching someone demo the game, I can say that I am intrigued. But there's something about the fixed camera angles that I find really cheap and repetitive. That aside, I think the stacking elements are a welcome addition, and the fact you can alternate between chibi and stunted growth versions of your characters looks interesting.
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  • Avatar for The-Mike-Staub #3 The-Mike-Staub A year ago
    I hope this is good. I have it preordered. It looks wacky as HELL!
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  • Avatar for link6616 #4 link6616 A year ago
    Like DQB I am very unsure about this game... I hope that just like DQB it turns out to be another fantastic surprise!

    Although I'm currently torn on the PSV or 4. I guess I'll try the demo on both.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #5 VotesForCows A year ago
    I'm glad its not just me who can't quite figure out this game yet!
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  • Avatar for moochan #6 moochan A year ago
    I remember telling my friend about it when I saw SE showing it off at E3. Seem I was one of the few that actually looked at it and actually was interested. Everyone else online seem to care more about Just Cause 3 and KH3. Glad it seem it's now starting to get some buzz and hopefully the demo will get enough people to it out. I agree it's weird how hush hush SE is being with WoFF I'm still excited and honestly might be the first FF RPG (not counting Bravely Default) in a long time I am actually happy to buy on day one.
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  • Avatar for Ohoni #7 Ohoni A year ago
    I want this game so much more than FFVX. I don't have a PS4 though.
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