Unsung Story Kickstarter Reveals “Spiritual Successor” to Final Fantasy Tactics

The title, a proposed collaboration between Yasumi Matsuno (the mastermind behind Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story) and developer Playdek, promises the same sort of “complex and rich game worlds” and “inspiring class based tactics game play” as their past projects. Target platforms for the project currently include PC, Mac, iOS and Android.

In an interesting twist, the game’s narrative will span multiple viewpoints, with each character having their own episode, as described in the Kickstarter:

“The story for each hero will constitute an episode, with each episode being comprised of many stages of game play. Each episode will depict a part of the Seventy Seven Years’ War from the vantage point of various protagonists. Some episodes will span a single year, while others may take place over a decade or more!”

Despite only launching two days ago, the Kickstarter campaign looks well on its way to success; it has already reached $305,000 of its $600,000 funding target. Additional stretch goals – such as a $1.3 million target to bring back Final Fantasy Tactics composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, or a $1.8 million target for a PlayStation Vita release – will add more content to the game should the campaign achieve funding.

As a follow-up to the Quest-developed Tactics Ogre series which started on the Super Nintendo, the original Final Fantasy Tactics was released on the Sony PlayStation in 1998. It was critically-lauded for its tactical, grid-based combat; its flexible and rewarding take on the Final Fantasy “Job” system; and for its surprisingly-mature story, which addressed religious themes, political betrayal and social classes.

It received several semi-sequels in the form of the Advance sub-series (which appeared on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS), and an enhanced port on the PlayStation Portable, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions.

For more coverage of Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians, including information about gameplay features and stretch goals along with a video preview, be sure to check out the Kickstarter page for the project.


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