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.