The 3DS sleeper hit series Final Fantasy Theatrhythm is finally coming to PS4 and Switch in 2023


Back on the 3DS, there were a pair of rhythm games that got off to a great start called Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. They launched in 2012 and 2014 respectively, and anyone you talk to who loves the series – and the 3DS as a platform – will only have good things to say about both games.

After that, an arcade game, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: All-Star Carnival, was released in Japan (and that poor git even made sure to hunt it down when they were vacationing out there), but the series stalled. As of 2016 there was nothing. Until now.

It’s not just famous characters and songs — subpoenas make an appearance, too.

Fast forward about six years and we get a brand new game in the series – and it’s coming to Nintendo Switch and PS4. The game, titled Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, was announced as a Switch title during today’s Nintendo Direct, but marketing materials that arrived afterwards also confirmed that the game will be coming to PS4 (and PS5 via backwards compatibility).

According to Square Enix, the base game will feature a massive 385 songs, and you’ll be able to play as a frankly amazing 104 characters from the Final Fantasy series. You can mix and match characters between games – so if you’ve always wanted the girl power dream team of your wildest fantasies (Tifa, Garnet, Fran, Lightning), there’s nothing stopping you.

You can also play as villains if you prefer a team of Jecht, Seifer, Sephiroth, and Galbranth.

Event battles show you cutscenes from relevant games.

Expect things to get hectic on higher difficulties.

And it’s not just Final Fantasy fans who should be rejoicing; Square Enix notes that an additional 90 songs from other Square Enix titles will appear as DLC in the game after launch. Expect tracks from Nier, The World Ends With You, Saga, Chrono Trigger and more.

And that’s not all: the Digital Deluxe Edition adds another 27 exclusive songs and access to the first Battle Pass, and the Premium Digital Deluxe Edition also adds access to the next two Battle Passes. In total, this means that 502 titles have already been confirmed for the game. This is frankly overwhelming.

Perhaps the biggest update to the series since the last 3DS games is local co-op (for two players on a single screen) and multiplayer battle mode where you can take part against up to 3 other players. Of course, there will also be a music player mode.

Many classic moments from the mainline series and spin-offs are included.

As a fan of these games who wanted to see how the Switch hardware could handle the frantic button presses and pen-specific action of the 3DS version, you can certainly intrigue me.

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line will be released on February 16, 2023 for Nintendo Switch and PS4.


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