I Am Setsuna didn’t set the world ablaze. In fact, compared to other games created by Square Enix in the past few years, it hardly began a small ember. For fans of classic RPGs similar to Chrono Trigger, however, it relit a warmth within their hearts that they hadn’t felt in years. Tokyo RPG Factory set out to create a nostalgic adventure that would delight both old and new fans and while it didn’t beat out some of the more heavily published games when it came to profits, it found its own with its tight gameplay, touching story, and endearing visuals. Square liked the response to the little title so much that it gave the studio another outing in the form of the newly announced Lost Sphear.
Lost Sphear begins with a young boy named Kanata awakening from a horrible dream and is shocked to see his hometown disappearing before his very eyes. It turns out that his home isn’t the only place being affected as the whole world has begun to disappear and it is up to Kanata to stop it. As his comrades begin their journey through the world, they wield the power of Memory (yeah… ) to turn their thoughts into reality and rebuild the forgotten world.
While that paraphrased synopsis matches even the most ambitious of Final Fantasy titles, the game continues in the footsteps of I Am Setsuna with a focus on improving the already stellar combat. Wielding a revamped ATB system, players can now change positions within the battlefield mid fight to gain a strategic advantage. While most of these details aren’t seen in the trailer below, it certainly is a beauty to behold and enough to get excited over.
There are a lot of references to the moon within both the trailer and the literature currently available so I’d bet money that its lunar majesty has a huge part to play within the narrative.
Lost Sphear will strive to rebuild this tattered world early next year on the PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam platforms for $49.99. These will only be offered as digital releases however a physical copy for the PS4 and Switch will be available through the Square Enix Store exclusively.
Andron (or Ace as he likes to call himself) is the so called "Head Honcho" of Bombchu.com. He has a deep passion for video games primarily RPGs, Fighting or Adventure. When not gaming, he's furiously typing on his keyboard or coming up with new schemes.