With each new Final Fantasy installment comes a new character advancement system; we've seen everything from the Materia system in Final Fantasy VII to the Sphere Grid in Final Fantasy X , when the standard level-up mechanic typically found in role-playing games disappeared.
Well, levels did return for Final Fantasy XII but it seems they're going away again in Final Fantasy XIII , as the upcoming FF may have a system reminiscent of the Sphere Grid from FFX. According to The Magic Box , FFXIII is going to boast the Crystalium system, which operates off of CPs (Crystalium Points). These points will be used to acquire new abilities and like the Sphere Grid and RPGs that featured a tree skill system, you'll need to unlock certain abilities before other, stronger ones become available. They use the example that all series veterans will quickly recognize; you will start with Fire, earn enough CP to gain Fira, and earn even more to finally gain access to Firaga, which is by far the most powerful of the three and hits multiple targets. We just can't wait to learn more because the gameplay not only appears fresh and surprisingly fast, the new growth mechanics are always interesting, too. Whoever says FF never innovates needs to have their damn head examined. Understand the facts!
Oh, and we recently heard that a big announcement concerning FFXIII will arrive in a few weeks time during a special press event in Japan. The rumor is that it'll include the official North American release date…so stay tuned for that.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII