War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Developers Explain How to Make a Story-Based Strategy Game Work on Mobile
The producers of War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius hope players will take the time to enjoy the game's "robust" story.
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is Square Enix’s next major title for iOS and Android, but it seems much more complex than the usual mobile game fare. While the most popular mobile games tend to be puzzle focused or feature simple concepts that someone can pick up and enjoy in small five minute bursts, War of the Visions looks to be quite different, as a robust strategy game inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics with an engaging story.
As this is quite different from the norm, I asked Kei Hirono, the Executive Producer of War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, how the developers plan on making the game enjoyable in shorter burst despite its story focus. Interestingly, his response was a mix of confidence that a story based game would appeal to players and that players who do have less time will take advantage of a couple of War of the Vision’s special features.
“Being a mobile game, each and every play time would be composed around something more compact, something you can quickly experience. That is something we have kept in mind for this particular title,” Hirono-san began. “In terms of specific features or functions that have been placed to assist in that process, the auto mode as well as the speed up mode will enable people to quickly get through those aspects.” He then went on to reaffirm that story based games do appeal to some players so War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is target that audience as well.
“That said, [Square Enix] typically as a company and Final Fantasy titles in general place a lot of importance in our stories and telling our stories. So, we would hope for players to sit through and take their time and enjoy the story really. As you just saw, the main storyline and scenes associated with it are fully voiced, so it is the development team’s hope that people would immerse themselves in the story and enjoy that aspect of it,” he continued.
To conclude the discussion, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Global Producer Hiroki Fujimoto chimed in to reveal that a lot of player did actually sit through the story portions of that game. “Even with Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, a lot of our players spend more time on experiencing the game, unlike other puzzle type mobile games, which have much shorter gameplay times. A lot of our players have been properly delving themselves into the game, so as developers we are definitely creating this robust experience. Regardless of platform, whether it be mobile or console, as long as we are creating these robust experiences we hope people will tap into it and enjoy it.”
If you want a brief look at the game and its story, you can check out its reveal trailer below. War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is currently in development for iOS and Android.