If you’ve spent the last few months wandering around the Chaos Fields of Fantasian and wondering what to do next, you’ll be glad to know that the second and final chapter of the game is now just around the corner. .
There is no doubt that Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Fantasian is the greatest game title ever landed on the Apple Arcade, but frustrating for many fans, the release was split into two parts. The first part arrived on April 5 as part of a major Apple Arcade expansion, but there was no indication of when the second would arrive, leaving many fans hanging.
To be clear, the first part of Fantasian was an amazing feat in itself, with dozens of handmade physical diorama models, a massive world to explore and easy 50+ hours of gameplay to enjoy.
It is fair to say that even the most hardcore players would have enjoyed weeks of waiting before waiting in the Chaos World Lab for the amazing things to come when the rest of the story unfolds.
Fortunately, we are not waiting much longer as Fantasian developer Mistwalker has just suddenly announced that the conclusion will be released this Friday, August 13th, as part of the weekly Arcade update.
According to The Verge, who spoke with Sakaguchi, the second half will not disappoint either, as it appears to be as epic and expansive as Part 1 – and probably even more so. This is not just a conclusion or epilogue, but almost a sequel in itself – complete with brand new prospects and even a brand new soundtrack.
The music for Fantasian was composed by another legendary icon in the Final Fantasy series, Nobuo Uematsu, who is also credited with work in other games like Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon. For the second installment of Fantasian, Uematsu has composed 34 brand new songs that expanded the world acoustically to accompany the 50 new handmade dioramas.
In fact, Uematsu’s fantastic soundtrack is already so beautiful and compelling that it’s been released on Apple Music as an “three disc” album.
Although Fantasian had a slightly linear opening in Part 1, it later expanded to more open gameplay, allowing the player to jump between worlds and explore different areas. This will continue to Part 2, which will expand the adventures into whole new worlds and add 40-60 hours of extra gameplay.
The release of Part 2 of Fantasian marks the end of the saga. It ended up being quite unexpected around double the volume in Part 1 and is more quest-driven, allowing players to move on through the world at their own pace. Executive meetings are even more unique than before.
Fantasian is known for being one of the most high-profile games developed exclusively for Apple Arcade. Although of course it follows in the Japanese RPG (JRPG) style of the Final Fantasy series, it is a completely unique game in itself, and it was built exclusively for Apple Arcade, and it was a love work by Sakaguchi, Uematsu and the rest of The team that saw it as a chance to go back to their roots from the previous Final Fantasy games.
On behalf of all the dev team members, diorama craftsmen and musical talent including Uematsu-san-I think we can safely say that we left nothing on the table. We have carefully designed the experience and preserved the ‘warmth’ of the dioramas with all the attention to detail. I encourage everyone to experience this mysterious ’emotional’ energy that is at the heart of Fantasian.
There’s also a good chance Fantasian may be Sakaguchi’s swan song. Earlier this year, he told The Verge that he sees himself in “the final chapters” of his game development career, and since games of this magnitude can “take years to go from conception to release”, he has become much more selective and tackles them projects that give him “true joy.”
Let’s be honest, I am in the final chapters of my game development career and each game can take years to go from conception to release. I personally enjoy playing these types of games and that is what brings me back to it.
Unlike the expansive universes like Final Fantasy that have become Sakaguchi’s stock-in-trade, Fantasian is intended to be an independent game. This latest update marks the end of the story and there are no plans for a sequel. In fact, it is unclear whether the story will leave room for one at all.
If you have been waiting to jump into the Fantasian, there is no better time to do so than now, as you can easily sail straight into Part 2 without even having to take a break.
As with all other Apple Arcade titles, Fantasian is included in a $ 4.99 / month Apple Arcade subscription or as part of an Apple One bundle starting at $ 14.99 / month and also including Apple Music, Apple TV + and 50 GB iCloud Storage.
You can start playing Fantasian as soon as you sign up, if you have not already done so, and Part 2 should be available when you are ready.