Fantastic, the new role-playing game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, is the latest high-profile game to join Apple Arcade. The new title is remarkable for several reasons, but the first thing players will probably notice is the art style. Departing from the Final Fantasy series, Sakaguchi created the backdrops for the futuristic game with over 150 intricate dioramas. The end result mixes physical environments – which were photographed and scanned into 3D mesh – with virtual characters. While the thought of dioramas may arouse Yoshi’s Crafted World on the Nintendo Switch, FantasticThe environments are actually handmade outside of the fully animated battles. Those who are registered on Apple̵
The turn-based gameplay may also seem familiar to RPG fans, but there are some new mechanics thrown in to keep things fresh. For example, a key feature called the “Dimengeon” system allows you to delay battles with random enemies by sending monsters to an alternate dimension (or dungeon). That way, you can focus on exploring and eliminating all of your imprisoned enemies at once when you’re done.
As for the story, Fantastic sees players take on the role of Leo, a memory loss in search of his memories in a foreign land populated by machines that give in to a bizarre mechanical infection. The game unites Sakaguchi with his long-term collaborator and Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, also known for his work with Lost Odyssey and Blue dragon.