Mistwalker is spoiling us with Fantasian’s painstaking diorama world


The Apple Arcade-only JRPG seems to be like such a labor of affection

It is uncommon for me to wish to play a recreation simply to understand its environmental art work, doubly so when it is stranded on a less-than-ideal platform like Apple Arcade. However that is the place I am at with Fantasian, a brand new RPG from Mistwalker (Terra Battle, Misplaced Odyssey) that is set in a painstaking world of miniatures.

I am unable to recover from the craftsmanship that went into creating “over 150 handmade dioramas” for this recreation. Creators from Godzilla, Assault on Titan, and Ultraman helped set up the miniaturized look.

Hironobu Sakaguchi and co. know what they’re coping with right here: there is a built-in strategy to postpone the random JRPG battles in Fantasian so that you could breezily take within the sights and sounds “uninterrupted.”

A so-called Dimengeon Battle mechanic allows you to push “beforehand encountered” foes right into a “separate dimensional dungeon,” at which level you may sq. off with the creeps if you’re good and prepared.

What else do you might want to know? Nobuo Uematsu composed for Fantasian, the story considerations a hero, Leo, who’s stranded in a realm with a “weird mechanical an infection,” and there is no launch date but.

Fantasian is coming to Apple Arcade in 2021, so you will want a subscription (or trial) and an iOS system, Apple TV, or Mac to play. I’ve already been there and executed that, so I would need to re-subscribe. Hmm.

Down the road, hopefully it will additionally land on Nintendo Swap like many different once-exclusive Apple Arcade titles. If touch-centric video games like Shinsekai and Grindstone can come over, I am not tremendous apprehensive.




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