Published on September 8th, 2011 | by Derek Strickland, Contributor
Introducing Final Fantasy Zero
With a die-hard community of J-RPG fans, the Final Fantasy following has risen throughout the years and has expanded, giving way to an ever-growing vibrant group composed of millions of dedicated gamers. While the next-gen iterations of the series make use of impressive graphics and revolutionary new game mechanics, many gamers see the classic titles as the best releases in the Final Fantasy series.
Although they were released decades ago, these early releases–with their high nostalgic value and bit-style graphics–are frozen in time, seen as the predecessors that paved the way for the series. The classics are highly regarded by fans as masterpieces of gaming with robust story arcs and irreplaceable game mechanics.
One long-time fan chose to expand upon his dedication to the early Final Fantasy titles by creating his very own game set in the classic J-RPG universe–and so Final Fantasy Zero was born. Armed with resources and assistant programmers, Petros Ioannou created Leon Corp–a non-profit Indie dev studio–and started development on Final Fantasy Zero.
The game is being developed using Enterbrain’s RPG Maker XP program, which has been used to make countless Indie RPG’s over the years. FFZ will make use of the classic turn-based combat as well as other elements and mechanics from the Final Fantasy series. The project was announced in 2009, and development is still in progress…yet the news updates have been lax and sporadic.
It’s important to keep in mind that the game itself won’t have the high production values of a Square Enix title, and that FFZ will be an Indie RPG “created by fans, for fans”. While the game is still in it’s early stages, a Final Fantasy Zero Wikia has been created to give gamers some detail to the characters and story of FFZ.
Final Fantasy Zero is planned to be available for PC and will be free, yet no official release date has been set. GAMINGtruth will have more updates and information on Final Fantasy Zero as it becomes available.
NOTE: Leon Corp is NOT affiliated with Square Enix, and Final Fantasy Zero is a non-profit endeavor.
For more information on Final Fantasy Zero, be sure to visit the official website.