Square Enix recently published a blog post summating the game modes players can expect from the upcoming rhythm title, Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, alongside how it controls.
UPDATE 10/13/2022: Square Enix has clarified that all physical and digital owners of the game can upgrade to the Digital Deluxe Edition.
Firstly, regarding the latter, players have to time their inputs with incoming circles called Triggers. Timing must match as closely as possible with the stationary rings on the screen’s right side, the Trigger Marks.
Triggers arrive in the following varieties:
- Touch Trigger (red circle): Press a button.
- Slide Trigger (yellow circle with arrow): Move the analogue stick in the direction of the arrow. If there are two arrows, you’ll have to use two sticks!
- Hold Trigger (green circle and green line): Hold a button for the duration of the trigger and let go at the end.
- Hold-Slide Trigger (green circle and line with arrow at the end): Hold a button for the duration of the trigger, and move the stick in the direction of the arrow at the end.
All songs are playable in the Basic, Expert and Ultimate difficulty levels, with an unspecified third of the songs having a fourth difficulty level called Supreme, meant to provide the highest level of challenge.
Additionally, the songs are played via three avenues, listed below:
- BMS: Battle Music Stage – Players defeat enemies in time with battle music.
- FMS: Field Music Stage – Players automatically journey across a specified landscape with the more lax field tracks.
- EMS: Event Music Stages – Players time inputs on top of a series of scenes.
Next up are the numerous revealed game modes listed below:
- Series Quests – Players clear 29 quests in this mode, holding 29 titles, serving to unlock playable songs and useable characters. Additionally, unlocking a title will grant its respective associated characters, with enemies explicitly joining once all stages are cleared. Quests will also have specific requirements, testing players’ customization abilities.
- Endless World is unlocked after a special title is cleared. As its name implies, this mode is endless. Random songs are chosen with gradually increasing difficulty. Failing three quests ceases the played attempt.
- Music Stages – Essentially a free-play mode where one can play any song they’ve unlocked. Simple Style controls are useable, only requiring one button, alongside Pair Style controls, which allows two players to be on screen. Songs unlocked in the Series Quests mode are playable here.
- Multi Battle – 4-player online competitive matches. Players can create their own custom room or join another’s. Passwords can also be set just to allow friends to play together. The tracks played are randomly chosen from which songs each player picks. Bursts are used to throw opponents off their game. Some can obstruct screen view while a particular one can mitigate score acquisition until a note is Critically hit. CollectaCards are obtained after matches conclude, with the order of retrieval being the highest to lowest place scorers. ProfiCards are exchanged between players for friendly contact, too.
- Museum – Menu housing play records, music, videos, and further game info.
You can view more details pertaining to this aforementioned wave of information via Square Enix Blog.
Theatrhythm Final Bar Line is releasing for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on February 16, 2023.
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