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About the game
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a free-to-play mobile role-playing game developed by Alim and published by Square Enix for iOS and Android devices.
A spinoff of the Final Fantasy series, the game marks as the first collaborative effort between Square Enix and Alim and draws elements from Alim's previous game, Brave Frontier. It was released first in Japan in October 22, 2015, and later globally in June 29, 2016.
The global version of the game is maintained by a Singapore subsidiary of Alim's parent company, gumi.
Brave Exvius is designed as a turn-based role-playing game, using elements from the Final Fantasy series with those of Brave Frontier, which in turn modeled their battle system from Valkyrie Profile. Similarly to those games, the battle system consists of a simplified interface where players can command their characters to attack by touching the character's corresponding attack button. Special attacks, items, or defend can be used by swiping the button and choosing the desired command.
Players advance in a dungeon through a series of stages until they encounter and defeat the end boss, all while gaining experience points, crafting materials and money. Also new to the game compared to Brave Frontier is the ability to explore through towns and exploration dungeon through touch control in a classic RPG style, which allows the player to talk to people and interact with them, which sometimes gives the player certain tasks to complete.
The game also uses elements from the Final Fantasy series such as magic spells, character-specific limit bursts, and esper summoning. Those characters are presented in a pixel art style. As part of the game's gacha system, players can summon characters from other Final Fantasy titles, which players can use to build a party of five units. Player can bring one additional unit in battle by utilizing a friend system. By adding other people to player's friend list, they are able to select their friend's shared unit before entering a dungeon.
In a world filled with fantasy, there are two powerful forces in balance: Vision and Lapis. Vision is the manifestation of people's thoughts and feelings and Lapis is the world where all Magic Crystals exist alongside all the visions of the world. With these powers, people flourished in the land and the whole world prospered. However, sometimes peace can be false and darkness can devour the light. As the world of Lapis is falling to its own destruction, two brave warriors stand up against the darkness with the power of Visions in order to bring peace back to the land.
The game was first revealed at the Final Fantasy Live Event in Tokyo, November 2014. Eiji Takahashi and Hisatoshi Hayakashi of Brave Frontier both direct and produce the game while Noriyasu Agematsu composed the game's musical score. Illustrations of the characters are handled by Yoshitaka Amano, who illustrated art on early Final Fantasy works.