Get ready to face the music in THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE!

This rhythm action extravaganza is coming to Nintendo Switch and PS4 on February 16, 2023! Here’s everything you need to know about it.
By Duncan Heaney

Here’s some news that should be music to your ears: THEATRHYTHM is back… and it’s going to raise the bar (line) for rhythm action games.

THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE brings together the music of FINAL FANTASY and other Square Enix games in an audio extravaganza that celebrates some of the best soundtracks in all of gaming.

If you think that sounds good… hooo boy, you have no idea just how good! With 385 tracks as standard, and loads more coming to the game post-launch, plus a wealth of gameplay modes, it’s an absolutely massive package that will thrill FINAL FANTASY fans, rhythm action aficionados, and… well, basically anyone who loves music.

The game’s set to launch on February 16, 2023 for Nintendo Switch and PS4. Take a look (and listen) at the new trailer, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about it.

What is THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE?

The new game is a rhythm action game that celebrates 35 years of amazing music from the FINAL FANTASY series, and beyond.

You’ll put together your dream FINAL FANTASY party, choosing from 104 characters, and exciting RPG battles play out alongside the rhythm action.

When playing, you’ll push buttons in time with the music to match triggers moving across the screen on three different types of stage, from traversing fields and taking on classic series monsters in battle, to reliving some of the series’ greatest moments.

It sounds simple enough, but like the best games in the genre, it’ll test your dexterity and timing - and your ability to get in tune with the track.

That said, the game is designed to be a game for everyone. Simple to learn controls and up to four difficulty settings mean you can jump in and start having a good time - whether you’re a rhythm-action savant or have the gaming equivalent of two left feet.

Which we guess would be two left thumbs?

Is there multiplayer?

There is! Another player can pick up a controller and complete stages locally in Pair Style.

Alternatively, you can head online for exciting Multi Battles where everyone plays together! It’s not just you against the music - you can interfere with the other players’ plans and make clever use of your Burst abilities to turn the tables and grasp victory.

And when the battle’s done, you can exchange ProfiCards!

What if you just want to enjoy listening to the music or watching the movies?

Over the course of playing the game, you’ll earn songs to listen to in the Music Player and movies to watch in Theater mode. It’s a great way to hear the sounds of the series without any pressure - just sit back and let the music wash over you.

And speaking of the music…

What music tracks are included?

The standard game includes 385 carefully selected music tracks from across the whole FINAL FANTASY series.

That includes pieces from the original FINAL FANTASY through to FINAL FANTASY XV in the main series, as well as remakes, spin-offs and various soundtrack CDs.

We don’t want to reveal the full list just yet, but you’ll be able to play iconic songs like One-Winged Angel (FINAL FANTASY VII), SUTEKI DA NE (Isn't It Wonderful?) (FINAL FANTASY X), Torn from the Heavens (FINAL FANTASY XIV Online) and many, many more.

The impressive tracklist expands even further into the Square Enix repertoire within the Season Pass(es) included with the Digital Deluxe and Premium Digital Deluxe Edition. Both of these digital editions also contain an additional 27 songs, including FINAL FANTASY VIII’s Eyes On Me (we’ll go into more detail on the different editions later in the article).

What will be available as part of the Season Pass?

Numerous additional music track packages will be released for the game after launch as part of the Season Passes, taken from the across the entire library of Square Enix games. These new packs will be released on an ongoing basis after launch - it’s like a concert that never ends!

Season Passes will include tracks from the NieR series, SaGa series, Mana series, The World Ends with You, OCTOPATH TRAVELER, LIVE A LIVE and loads more!

There are three Season Passes, each featuring different titles’ music tracks. Every Season Pass will contain 5 song packs for a total of 30 songs each.

What editions of the game can you get?

Three editions of THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE will be available at launch:

  • Standard Edition: Available physically and digitally, this contains 385 sounds from across the FINAL FANTASY series

  • Digital Deluxe Edition: Contains all songs from the standard edition, plus 27 additional tracks, and Season Pass 1.

  • Premium Digital Deluxe Edition: Contains all songs from the standard edition, plus 27 additional tracks, and Season Passes 1-3.

These editions are available to preorder now:

When is THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE releasing?

All this audible awesomeness releases February 16, 2023 for Nintendo Switch and PS4. We’ll have much more to share about the game in the coming months, so be sure to follow FINAL FANTASY on social media for news and updates!

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