SquareEnixs Idol Fantasy Should Be Hatsune Miku X Final Fantasy But Probably

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. What is Idol Fantasy? We don’t know, but Square-Enix trademarked it. Anime New Network reported that the company filed for the trademark on February 8, and that it became public today.For some cultural background, idols in Japan are pop stars marketed for their cuteness and moe factor (the amount of fanatical brand desire that makes a consumer want to buy every possible product with a face or logo of something they like). It’s a cultural phenomenon similar to boy bands, but all-female and cranked up to ludicrous extents. Final Fantasy is a long-running game series with 15 releases in its main line, of which nine are actually good.Idol Fantasy is probably going to be an amalgamation of those two concepts. We don’t know yet, so it’s basically just speculation until Square-Enix actually announces something.Let’s be real, Idol Fantasy is probably DLC content for Final Fantasy XV, which Square-Enix has been refining, milking, and basically finishing since its release in 2016. There are multiple DLC episodes out for the game already, with several more to come. Idol Fantasy will likely be one of them.But it’s fun to dream, so I’m going to talk about what Idol Fantasy should be, not what it will be. And what it should be is the Final Fantasy version of the Hatsune Miku games.Hatsune Miku is a digital idol, a completely electronic “vocaloid” who’s become a major idol in Japan. She and other vocaloids don’t just put out music, but star in rhythm games published by Sega. I really enjoyed Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X, and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva: Future Tone is an even bigger and more recent game in the series.The Hatsune Miku games are pretty simple. You press buttons and move the analog sticks in time with icons on the screen as the camera pans over your chosen vocaloid in various scenes. You can dress them up with different outfits and accessories, and even have duets and band performances. And lots of the songs are really catchy. You’ll enjoy yourself, even if you’ll feel like the world’s biggest weeb doing so.Idol Fantasy should take the Hatsune Miku game format and apply Final Fantasy to it. You have lots of amazing-looking characters and years of fantastic soundtracks, even if few songs are actually voiced. Put them together with the polish and presentation of Hatsune Miku, complete with the ridiculous choreography. Imagine an entire game based on the opening of Final Fantasy X-2, without you having to actually play that game.There’s lots of opportunity for craziness, especially if Square-Enix can license commercial songs and expand its music library further. Song-and-dance numbers with Cloud and Tifa. Kadaj channeling David Bowie. Noctis and Ignis covering Erasure.Fully rendered, completely interactive version of the opera scene from Final Fantasy 6. That alone should convince you of how amazing Idol Fantasy could be.Yes, Square-Enix already did rhythm games with Theaterythm, which was excellent in its own right. It was graphically limited, though, completely sprite-based with video footage used in the games themselves. It also relied on JRPG mechanics that didn’t feel very necessary. It also only came out on the 3DS and iOS.Take the idea of Theaterythm, but go full Miku. The most recognizable characters from the Final Fantasy series as vocaloid idols. Terra, Celes, Rydia, Rosa, Aerith, Tifa, Quistis, Selphie, Garnet, Freya, Yuna, Rikku, Lulu, Ashe, and those are just the great female Final Fantasy characters I can name. Model them, let players mix and match outfits and accessories, and put them on stage to sing songs.That’s my Idol Fantasy. It probably isn’t Square-Enix’s plan, but I’m used to having better ideas than them.center_img New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Remake Trailer Puts Us on Cloud Nine‘Final Fantasy XIV’ and ‘Masters of Doom’ Are Yo… last_img

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