Final Fantasy Essence is a fangame made by Clyde Arrowny, formerly known as Celestinator, and his team, as a tribute to Final Fantasy series.
The game's battles takes approach on the early Final Fantasy battles where player chose command for each character. However, it is actually shaped after the battle system of Final Fantasy X, Conditional Turn Battle.
After certain point of the story, the party is granted special bracelets which are used to learn new passive and command abilities.
- "Nearly two decades have passed since the mighty Empire of Qaros discovered a dark foreboding crystal. In recent years the Empire has sought out to kidnap children from around the world to infuse them with the mysterious power of the crystal and create an elite army of magic. The Republic of Eldia, a powerful nation opposite to the Empire, has assigned 3 young crusaders to infiltrate Qaros and destroy the crystal."
- —The official synopsis.
Three rebels from the Republic of Eldia: Xander, Biggs, and Wedge goes to the City of Qaros to go the Qaros Laboratory and destroy the crystal which was used by the Qaros Empire in their soldiers' creation. While traveling in a train, a group of enemy soldiers starts to investigate the carriage earlier than usual. Stating that their cover would be sooner or later would be blown, Xander leads his friends to the attack. Surprised soldiers fall easily and Xander proposes to put their uniforms which will help them sneak into the Laboratory. At the station, one of the soldiers tells Xander and his friends that they are to assist General in the Laboratory. Inside, where they are asked to show their ID cards and take off their helmets, Xander, Biggs, and Wedge fight Quaros soldiers. At the bridge connecting the Laboratory and the crystal room, High General appears before them and vows to stop them from harming the crystal.
- Xander Vale. Xander is an orphan adopted by the Vale family in Eldia after he ran away from Qaron soldiers in his village. He wants to believe its his mission to destroy all of Qaros including what started all of the pain in the first place.
- Keira Stallard. Keira was born to Grand General Talon Stallard, a high ranking military official of Qaros. Wishing to follow in his footsteps, she enrolled herself into the Elite Military Academy of Qaros and has great pride for her nation. She believes it is her destiny to help create the most powerful empire on the planet...
- Storm. Storm defected from the empire because he knew in his heart what was going on. All the nefarious torture that is done. He lives in the povs helping children escape from the labs.
- Jessen Vale. Taken by some bums from Qaros for money, Jessen is still a strong spirited young boy though he isn't as courageous as his older brother, Xander. To survive in the Povs he pickpockets from the other people and steals from the market place.
Creation and development
The following people are working on Final Fantasy Essence:
- Clyde Arrowny: Founder, Writer, Scenario, Planner, Director.
- ClosedWorlds: Writer, Scenario, Artist, Planner.
- Sinmora: Writer, Scenario, Planner.
- Atoa: Artist, Programmer.
- Jonatan: Music Composer.
- Alangato: Music composer.
- Mark Hans Avon: Music Contributer, Main Theme Composer.
- Shizu: Music Contributer.
- Impulse: Music Contributer.
It was stated by ClosedWorlds that in January 2011, Final Fantasy Essence was revamped. On October 22, 2011, ClosedWorlds submitted the game for the "Nintendo Community Fangame Convention" which was accepted.
On January 4, 2013, Clyde Arrowny released a second demo for Final Fantasy Essence.