Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Release Date Announced. Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae Demo Voucher Included

The Final Fantasy Type-0 HD release date is March 17th, 2015 for PlayStation 4 & Xbox One in North America & March 20th in Europe. Additionally the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae demo for the upcoming 15th-installment in the series will be included with Type-0.

Check out the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD “Enter the Fray” Story Trailer!
It’s also on Xbox One despite the PS4 logo on the video.

However the Final Fantasy 15 demo will not be included on-disc, as it will be released at a later, unspecified, date. So the game will include a paper voucher with a code to download the demo instead. And only those who pre-order the game will be “guaranteed” to get the voucher. So if you’re interested, better get those pre-orders in!

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is an Action RPG featuring a line-up of fourteen unique schoolboys & schoolgirls known as Class Zero, who are embroiled in political intrigue involving various kingdoms at war.

Here’s the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD image gallery.
Click on any of these image thumbnails to see the full-size photos:

Story Synopsis:

One of the most highly anticipated role-playing games of all time, Final Fantasy Type-0 makes its Western debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Featuring the immersive story, memorable characters, and production values the series is known for, players are transported to Orience, a dark, Final Fantasy world governed by crystals and torn apart by war, as the nation’s youth are swept into its conflict.

Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighboring Empire. Using the powerful abilities and magic of all fourteen characters in fast-paced action RPG combat, players must face the brutality and injustices of war to uncover the secrets of its genesis.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Cast Team Zero Members Lineup Wallpaper
A great lineup. Also great wallpaper.

Key Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Features Include:

High Definition Visuals
The world of Orience is brought to life in rich and vivid detail, coming to modern consoles in gorgeous, newly rendered HD visuals.

Customizable Parties:
Choose from 14 playable members of Class Zero to control, each with distinctive weapons, abilities, and combat styles.

High Stakes Battles
A bloody, action-packed battle system where every attack carries the weight of mortality. Enter a world where a common fire spell incinerates foes, and the deadly Killsight is an instant fatality.

A Mature Final Fantasy For a New Age
The crystals fuel the flames of war, shedding light on young heroes who must cope with decisions that will mean the difference between life and death and the rise and fall of nations.

Brutally emotional and immersive storyline that only the Final Fantasy franchise can provide.

Japanese Voice-Over Included
Play the game with English or Japanese voice-over audio with English, French, or Spanish subtitles.

* Pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and secure the Final Fantasy XV Playable Demo.

Previously known as Final Fantasy Agito XIII, Type-0 was originally a mobile & PSP title and was part of the “Fabula Nova Crystallis” project of games that tied into the Final Fantasy XIII mythos (along with the upcoming Final Fantasy XV [PS4, Xbox One] & Final Fantasy Agito [Android, iOS]), and the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy [PS3, Xbox 360, PC).

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Machines Gameplay Screenshot Xbox One PS4
Final Fantasy Terminator Edition

Eventually the mobile version was cancelled and Type-0 was released exclusively for PSP in Japan on October 27th 2011. In the intervening three years (forever in the gaming industry), Square Enix flirted with releasing Final Fantasy Type-0 for PS Vita for its Western fans, but due to lagging sales of that system and the dated nature of the PSP & PS3 platforms, Sony finally decided that a current-gen, graphical upgrade (hence the “HD” in the title) was the best course. Thus it will be released next March on PS4 & Xbox One in hardcopy form for the full $60.

A Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector’s Edition hasn’t been announced yet, but it may get one in the United States or UK. In Japan, there is a Collector’s Edition for the upcoming HD version on PS4 & Xbox One, and a Collector’s Edition for the 2011 PSP release.

The Japanese Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector’s Edition (PS4, Xbox One) from the Square Enix Online Store includes the following:

* Soundtrack CD – “FF Type-0 + FF AGITO” Takeharu Ishimoto song selection CD (Physical Item)

* School Calendar – Beginning with April 2015 (Physical Item)

* Suzaku Madou Academy Identification Card (Physical Item)

* Deck of Ace’s Cards – Set of 5 (Physical Item)

* Suzaku Madou Institute Formality Scarf (Physical Item)

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Boss Gameplay Screenshot Xbox One & PS4
Boss?! Looks like it!

For reference, the SD Japanese Final Fantasy Type-0 PSP Collector’s Edition from the Square Enix Online Store included:

* Special Large Box PSP Packaging (Physical Item)

* Final Fantasy Type-0 Official Soundtrack CD (Physical Item)

* Final Fantasy Type-0 PSP Postcard Book (Physical Item)

* Bonus Video DVD (Physical Item)

Hit the links above to purchase an import copy of the two Japanese games if you live outside of Japan. Here is the link for Final Fantasy Type-0 at the actual Japanese Square Enix store. We also wrote about the Final Fantasy Type-0 PSP Collector’s Edition in this 2011 article.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Ace Character Cards CG Wallpaper
Ace in sexy wallpaper form!

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD looks absolutely awesome and I’m super excited for it. I’ve yet to play any of the Final Fantasy XIII games much to my eternal dismay. I really need to hop on that, stat!

The only real problem I have with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is the fact that all of the characters are such pretty-boys and all the girls look the same… But that’s a problem with anime in general, but given that they are all wearing the same schoolgirl and schoolboy uniforms… It really makes them hard to tell apart. I’m sure that will become less of a problem once you get to know each character when you play the game however.

One thing I do like about Square Enix in comparison to Western RPGs is the fact that the characters all have unique names, although this one makes it a little monotenous since some names are based on numbers: Ace, Machina, Nine, Eight, Jack, Queen, Trey, King, Seven, Rem, Deuce, Cinque, Sice, and Cater. See. All unique names! I dig it!

The reason Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is only for next-gen systems is because Square Enix is hoping to use Type-0 to sell Xbox One & PS4’s in order to gear up Final Fantasy fans for their next game, which will be Final Fantasy XV. This game will also include a voucher that gives you access to the upcoming FFXV demo. So if you are looking forward to the 15th entry in Final Fantasy, then you could do worse than picking up a system now in time for Final Fantasy Type-0, which will hold you over until FFXV hits.

With the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy Agito next year, this is a great time to be a Final Fantasy fan!

Will you be buying Final Fantasy Type-0 HD?