JP Release Date: 18th Dec
Random Trivia: the 18th is the same date that the first Final Fantasy game was released.
You might as well ignore all of this and go here
Essentially a collection of everything
known about the game so far, courtesy of Proffesor Snuggleworth.
Also, his interesting posts on FFXIII,
and initial Dissidia impressions.
Explanatory notes via APZonerunner:
What is Dissidia?
Dissidia is a game being released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series. The game is a real-time action combat game, with a system that makes use of the stats and figures so closely associated with Final Fantasy alongside real-time combat, similar to the recently released Crisis Core and Kingdom Hearts games.
The game is being released on the 21st anniversary of Final Fantasy I's release, December 18th in Japan.
The game features the most famous characters from every entry in the series fighting it out against and alongside oneanother for a common cause.
So it's like Smash Bros. No plot?
Yes and no. Dissidia has a multiplayer mode, and quite a large one at that. But primarily it is a single player game. Square-Enix staff have composed a story that in terms of script size is even larger than Crisis Core's, straddling multiple Final Fantasy worlds, locations and storylines.
The gist of the plot is that Chaos has decided he's tired of seeing the forces of evil beat down over and over again, and has pulled the greatest villains from various timelines together to fight together to steal the crystals and end the world.
Cosmos doesn't like this idea, though, and has likewise gathered the forces of good to save the world. The first ten heroes and the first ten antagonists from Final Fantasy I-X are all fighting. For multiplayer there will be several special unlockable characters.
Dissidia features a range of characters from across the Final Fantasy series. As yet, the plot details are sketchy, but it seems unlikely that any characters will appear from any given title in the series other than those made playable. Don't expend to see Celes backing up Terra even as an NPC, for instance, as nothing released about the game so far indicates anything like this will happen.
The game has an interesting art design in that all the characters follow closely to the original art by Mr. Amano. Even the games with art design by others (FF7, 8 and 10 by Tetsuya Nomura, 9 co-designed by Toshiyuki Itahana) have been edited to more closely match Amano's original art. Sephiroth's shoulder armour, for example, has blue decor and trinkets to match Amano's take on the character, and Squall has the small cape attached to his coat that the Amano art shows him wearing.
It's a great chance to see all the art and characters from across the series redesigned and redrawn by both Nomura and Amano - Nomura has handled the individual character art, while Amano has contributed overall story art. Before you ask, Terra's hair is blonde, not green.
TGS '08 Trailer
character roster via pretty pictures:
(From top left) Hero
FFI: Warrior of Light
/ The Emperor
FFIII: Onion Knight
/ Cloud of Darkness
And freshly announced:
Crazed Tarutaru Black Mage Shantotto!
No idea what her part in the entirety of the game will be yet, but she's entertaining either way.
That laugh is badass
She's laughing as she's burning him alive.