Director Hajime Tabata announced that the international release of Final Fantasy: Type-0, which is actually an HD port of the original PSP game, will contain an ‘easy’ mode and that co-op will be removed from the game.
Hajime Tabata explains the setting of Final Fantasy: Type-0. Basically, you are in a war and your characters are a special ops team. Each character wields a different weapon and are also capable of equipping magic as they progress. According to him, players have to make a strategy and figure out which character and what equipment combination are most suitable for a particular mission. The game emphasizes on players knowing their characters and their individual abilities. If players don’t plan appropriately and send in the wrong characters, they have a high chance of failing the respective mission. The game features 14 characters that you can cycle through and choose to play as when you want to. However, once a character is dead, it stays dead. And when you lose all the characters, the game is over.
The PSP Japanese version of Final Fantasy: Type-0 is known by those who got to play it because of its difficulty. The game gets extremely hard mostly because of players having to plan out the mission and choose the right characters. This is why Tabata decided to add an easy mode for the HD version of the game. In this mode, characters do more damage, level up quicker and have higher defense. In addition to this, the long loading time for mission retries is going to be reduced.
While the original PSP game had a co-op mode in which you could play with up to two other friends, the HD version of Final Fantasy: Type-0 will not have this feature anymore. The reason for this, according to the developer is that, in order for the co-op mode to work, it would have had to be entirely redesigned for online play. Tabata explains that, due to popular demand for the game, they wanted to release it as quickly as possible, meaning that taking more time to redesign the co-op was out of the question.
Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD will be released in March 21, 2015 in Europe and North America. The game will come out on Playstation 4 and Xbox One and it will also include a demo version of Final Fantasy XV.