Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! Comes West this March
Square Enix's Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! will be launching west at the same time as in Japan, on Switch and PS4.
On the latest Nintendo Direct, Square Enix announced that Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! will launch on March 20 for PS4 and Switch, which is also the Japanese release date of the game. This is great news for fans of the series, who won’t be waiting months for the game to be localized.
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! is the latest game in the Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon series, known in Japan as Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon. The Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon games are roguelikes with the same gameplay and systems as other Mystery Dungeon-like games, such as Shiren the Wanderer, Etrian Mystery Dungeon, or Omega Labyrinth. Levels are randomly generated, and basically, as long as you don’t move your character, nothing else moves. If you take a step or any kind of action, all enemies will move once as well.
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! has players controlling a dungeon-exploring Chocobo, who can change jobs. Each job gives the Chocobo different abilities, and the randomly generated dungeon will adapt to the job you’ve picked too. You’ll also be able to befriend monsters and use them as partners.
Every Buddy! isn’t technically a brand new game, and is actually a remake of Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon, released on Wii in December 2007 in Japan and then in July 2008 in the west. This probably explains why Every Buddy! is getting a worldwide simultaneous release, as the localization team surely had a bit easier job than usual seeing the game was already translated once. One of the new additions in Every Buddy is Alpha, the Chocobo from Final Fantasy XIV, who will be one of the new selectable jobs.
A very short gameplay sequence of Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! was shown during the Nintendo Direct, during a slightly longer segment featuring Final Fantasy games. Final Fantasy VII will be coming to Switch in March as well, and Final Fantasy IX is available right now. Final Fantasy VIII was still unaccounted for, which will probably once more fuel the rumors that Square Enix lost the game’s source code or/and FMV data, something which actually happens very often in the game industry.
A gameplay trailer was published by Nintendo once the Direct ended, you can find it below.