Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line was one of the announcements that were part of the Nintendo Direct held on September 13. The long-running franchise returns with an episode that will celebrate Final Fantasy’s 35th anniversary. You can enjoy 385 songs, including hits like Suteki Da Ne (Final Fantasy X), Torn from the Heavens (Final Fantasy XIV), and One-Winged Angel (Final Fantasy VII). Its launch is scheduled for February 16, 2023 on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

The pace of Final Fantasy throughout the saga

As we said, Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line presents you with a battle of rhythms for songs from the Final Fantasy saga. Defeat powerful monsters on the boards and choose one of the 104 available characters. Square Enix promises it will “test our dexterity and rhythm” as we “immerse ourselves in song.”

The skill required varies depending on the type of player you are. They point out that it’s been designed “for everyone”, meaning you can configure the controls and difficulty if you prefer a more relaxed experience. It will have local and network multiplayer functions. In the latter, the company refers to “multibattles”, where you can interfere with the pace of rivals while using skills.

Post-launch support will focus on expanding the song catalog through battle passes. The Digital Deluxe Edition and the Premium Digital Deluxe Edition will have 27 additional songs, while in the coming months we will see songs from other sagas arriving. Brands such as NieR, SaGa, Mana, TRhe World Ends with You, Octopath Traveler, Live a Live and “many others” will have their paid space. In fact, there are already 3 confirmed battle passes that are included in the most expensive edition (109.99 euros).

Hit 3DS Sleeper Series Final Fantasy Theatrhythm Finally Coming to PS4 and Switch in 2023

Back on the 3DS, there was a pair of rhythm games that were widely released 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 have nothing but 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 sap even made a point of tracking it down when they were there on vacation) but the series came to a halt . From 2016, nothing. So far.

It’s not just famous characters and songs – summons are also making an appearance.

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

Theathrythm: Final Bar Line will celebrate Final Fantasy music starting in 2023 on PS4 and Switch

Theathrythm: Final Bar Line will largely resume the original gameplay of the series, presenting itself as a rhythm/action game where you have to hit the keys at the right time. This opus will also be playable in multiplayer up to 8 players online.

The game playlist will group 385 songs from 46 different sets, just that. We will therefore find music ranging from Final Fantasy I to Final Fantasy XV, but also pieces from spin-off games. DLC will arrive after the release of the game to increase this catalog by more than 100 songs, in particular via music from NieR licenses or Live A Live.