The original Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, despite being a copy editor's nightmare, was a solid rhythm game that celebrated the long history of Final Fantasy's memorable soundtracks over the years. Today, Square Enix has confirmed that the sequel, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, is coming West.
The new game, like its predecessor, is a 3DS title that combines elements of rhythm games and RPGs with a heavily stylized, super-deformed take on Final Fantasy characters. This time around, there are apparently over 200 songs to choose from along with 60 different characters from over the course of the entire Final Fantasy franchise.
And this time around it's not just mainline games that are getting some time in the spotlight -- characters from spinoff movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children as well as "side games" Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest and Crisis Core are putting in an appearance. The series' few direct sequels Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns are also getting some love along with the rebooted MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. There's some content from PSP title Final Fantasy Type-0, too, just to rub in the fact that we never got to play that one over here.
The new game features several ways to play, including a versus mode for competing against other players and inflicting status effects on each other, and a "Quest Medley" mode that allows players to take on short, medium or long quests through sets of tracks. These quests can be customized and shared with friends if you find a particularly enjoyable combination of songs to play through.
New characters putting in an appearance include Barret from Final Fantasy VII, Yuna's Final Fantasy X-2 incarnation, Y'Shtola from Final Fantasy XIV, Benjamin from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, Ramza from Final Fantasy Tactics and Zack from Crisis Core. Numerous other characters also make a return appearance from the previous game -- the Final Fantasy Wikia has a fairly exhaustive list based on the Japanese version if you're particularly curious.
There doesn't appear to be a specific release date set for the new game yet, but it's promised "later this year" and will cost $39.99.