Dissidia Final Fantasy for arcade will feature Final Fantasy Tactics representation for the first time and is being co-developed by Tecmo Koei, Square Enix announced at a special conference themed around the game today.
FF Tactics' much-loved protagonist Ramza Beoulve was revealed with a new take on his design by Tetsuya Nomura. He's the first major new addition to the Dissidia cast to be revealed - but there are many more to come.
Newly-announced co-developers Tecmo Koei are perhaps best-known for fighting series Dead or Alive, and will bring both genre and arcade experience to the title's development. While they'll be handling much of the heavy lifting, Square Enix staff remain in charge at the top level of production, with Ichiro Hazama (Dissidia, Theatrhythm, All the Bravest) Producing, Takeo Kujiraoka (FF13, Dissidia) Directing, Takeharu Ishimoto (Dissidia, Crisis Core, Type-0) Composing and, as previously mentioned, Tetsuya Nomura handling character design.
Also significant was the announcement that the arcade cabinet for Dissidia's Arcade adventure is powered on modified PlayStation 4 hardware developed in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment. This makes a console version extremely likely - though Square Enix also took the time to note the game will be exclusive to arcades for at least a full year before they consider a home version of the title. The arcade cabinet even features a specific control scheme that evokes PlayStation controllers and uses PlayStation buttons.
The arcade version will be updated continuously via the internet, with intended updates including new music, playable characters, summon monsters and equipment. The ultimate aim is to have over fifty playable characters - in the region of double that available on the PSP versions of the game.
Also confirmed during the event was Ifrit as a summon, while FF7's Mako Reactor and FF13's Cocoon join the original FF's Cornelia Plains as in-game stages.
Check out the latest (audio-free) trailer, some in-game screenshots and images from the event below.