Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy: Aerith Detailed
Director talks about the assist exclusive character and what makes her so special.
Want a glimpse at Final Fantasy VII's [spoiler]doomed[/spoiler] heroine Aerith Gainsborough in Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy? Then pick up Famitsu, as the magazine has a first look at the character.
No, Aerith is not one of the playable cast members. As previously detailed, Aerith appears in the game exclusively as an assist character -- that is, a character you set to your main character for support during battle. To gain access to her, you'll need to have a save file from Dissidia Duodecim Prologus Final Fantasy, the ¥300 demo that's available right now on PSN.
In terms of how the Dissidia version of Aerith looks, the artwork and single in-game shot in the magazine make the modeling look like it's based off Advent Children appearance, right down to the pink long dress and red vest.
In an interview in this week's Famitsu, Duodecim director Mitsunori Takahashi revealed that Aerith is a bit different from other Assist characters. The development staff searched and searched but couldn't find any attack skills amongst Aerith's limit skills, he joked. So, they made use of such skills as Jaki Fuuin, which freezes the enemies, and Hoshi no Shugo, which makes her allies invincible for a brief period.
Aerith is an assist character with special abilities, something that Takahashi feels will expand the breadth of play in the game.
Incidentally, Dissidia's version of Aerith is voiced by Maya Sakamoto. This isn't surprising, as Sakamoto voices the character in Crisis Core, Advent Children, etc., but we have to mention this kind of thing for all characters due to the Vaan incident.