|War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius|
|Developer(s)||Square Enix, Gumi Inc.|
|Genre(s)||Tactical role-playing game|
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a tactical role-playing game co-developed by Square Enix and Gumi Inc. and published by Square Enix for iOS and Android devices, set to be released in 2019. It is a spin-off of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius that draws inspiration from the Final Fantasy Tactics series of games.
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The story takes place on the continent of Ardora on the world of Lapis, the primary setting of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, and depicts a war between five rival nations that occurred in the distant past. As in the original title, the war is waged using the power of Visions, physical manifestations of powerful warriors from different eras and worlds summoned using Crystals.
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius was announced in Japan on December 2, 2018 at FFBE Fan Festa, a convention celebrating the original title's third anniversary. Unlike with the original Brave Exvius, which was developed by Gumi subsidiary Alim and published by Square Enix, War of the Visions is being co-developed by Square Enix and Gumi. The two Brave Exvius titles will be developed and operate in parallel.
The game draws references and inspiration from Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for its story, and is expected to feature similar gameplay while implementing gacha systems. The continent of Ardora is referenced in Brave Exvius and was depicted on the game's original world map, but is currently inaccessible and obscured by clouds. The game's dialogue will also be fully voice-acted, and the global release is planned to have dual audio language options.
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The game's logo is illustrated by series veteran Yoshitaka Amano, who also provided numerous character and key art illustrations for the original Brave Exvius, and the game's key art was illustrated by Isamu Kamikokuryo, setting art director for Final Fantasy XII , the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, and Final Fantasy XV . The artwork for the game is being handled by CyDesignation, with Ryuji Ohara acting as main character designer under the supervision of Akihiko Yoshida, lead character designer for Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII , and Final Fantasy XIV .
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