World of Final Fantasy is looking to be one of the more interesting and creative Final Fantasy spin-offs in quite some time. Rather than creating a baffling strategy-based combat system like Final Fantasy Tactics or introducing sub-par plots and gameplay like many of the Crystal Chronicles titles, World of Final Fantasy will be filled with nostalgia, fan service, and lovable renditions of the series’ most recognizable characters and monsters.
A new smattering of screenshots from the upcoming Square Enix title show just how many homages and allusions will be made to earlier FF games, and these pictures are sure to get the blood pumping through the veins of fans of the series. Although there are various images of the brother-sister team that will be the focus of the game, the most notable appearance among the 26 new screenshots is made by Final Fantasy XIII’s main protagonist, Lightning. She, along with her male counterpart Cloud, are visible in the game’s trailer which was released at E3 earlier this year. But her appearance in this new batch of photos marks her as an important character, and hopefully means that many other iconic FF characters will materialize in the game.
In addition to Lightning, the screenshots also contain bright and colorful scenery and an absolute abundance of chibified, adorable Final Fantasy creatures, including Chocobos, Black Mages, Cactuars, Iron Giants, Behemoths, Ifrit, Ramuh, Shiva, Cosmos, a Warrior of Light, and so many more. Check out all 26 of the images below.
World of Final Fantasy is slated for release in 2016 for the PS4 and PS Vita.