I've been waiting for a follow-up in the Final Fantasy Tactics series since 2007's Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift. The original Final Fantasy Tactics is a fantastic game, one of my all-time favorites, but Square Enix doesn't seem to have any love for the series. Instead, I've had to get my fix elsewhere, from games like Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark or Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker.
Square Enix might be offering a tiny band-aid for fans though. Today marks the release of War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius on Android and iOS. As the title suggests, War of the Visions is a spin off of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, the gacha-power mobile RPG. It's got all the strategy action, you'd expect from a Tactics game, but it's a free-to-play mobile title, so expect to spend hours and some in-game currency to randomly draw powerful units.
The story of War of the Visions involves a conflict between the two heirs of the Leonis kingdom, Mont and Sterne. The small kingdom has been able to survive thanks to the ability to draw on Visions, memories of legendary heroes. It looks like players will take control of Mont as he amasses an army against his brother. War of the Visions contains a job system and Espers, elemental summoned creatures like Ifrit and Ramuh.
War of the Visions is another collaboration between Square Enix and mobile developer Gumi, Inc. Much like Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is basically a Final Fantasy riff on Gumi's own Brave Frontier, War of the Visions is an updated Final Fantasy-flavored version of The Alchemist Code. Given that Brave Frontier and Brave Exvius have co-existed for years, there's no reason to believe War of the Visions can't survive alongside its counterpart.
I admit, being the Tactics fan I am, I've already downloaded the game and I hope it lives up to my meager expectations. That said, Square Enix, if you really want to make the fans happy, it's time for a new Tactics, preferably on Nintendo Switch! You know you want to!