Terra Battle

Terra Battle was a role-playing video game developed by Mistwalker. It was released for iOS and Android devices on October 9, 2014. It was produced by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, with music by Nobuo Uematsu of the same series. Service for the game was discontinued in June 2020.

Terra Battle
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Director(s)Koji Ohno
Producer(s)Hironobu Sakaguchi
Designer(s)Yuki Nishimura
Programmer(s)Takuto Nakamura
Writer(s)Masaru Hatano
Composer(s)Nobuo Uematsu
Platform(s)iOS, Android
ReleaseOctober 9, 2014
Genre(s)Role-playing video game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer


The game plays as a tile-based tactical role-playing game,[1] with elements of collectible card games and puzzle video games as well.[2]


The earliest reports from the game come from June 2014, when Mistwalker trademarked the name Terra Battle.[3] The game was officially revealed through Famitsu on July 1, 2014.[4] The game was released on iOS and Android on October 9, 2014.[5]

To promote the game, Sakaguchi chose to create a new model of releasing content. Inspired by Kickstarter, he created a means called "Download Starter", where new content would be created based on the number of downloads the game would receive.[6] He enjoyed the fan involvement that came with KickStarter campaigns, but did not like the idea of fans directly financing development.[2] Instead, he chose the "Download Starter" model, which was aimed to create interest in the game after it was already created.[2] At 100,000 downloads, more music from Nobuo Uematsu was created for the game.[7] After the game had been downloaded 1.6 million times, composer Kenji Ito joined the project, with Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura joining him after the game had been downloaded 1.7 million times.[8][9] To commemorate the milestone of 1,800,000 downloads, a new musical track by famed Chrono series composer Yasunori Mitsuda was added to the game.[10] The final milestone, at two million downloads, would have been releasing a version of the game on consoles.[6] The game's servers were shut down on June 30, 2020.[11]


Pocket Gamer described their reaction to the preview build of the game as "cautiously optimistic", stating that the game was "an RPG stripped down to its barest bones, and...it works surprisingly well." while citing concern with the minimal graphics and free to play payment model.[14] Joystiq played a version available to play at PAX Prime 2014, and stated that, while the game was overwhelmingly frantic at first, " the slide-and-move-on action was innate and enjoyable enough to encourage continued play."[15] Game Informer praised the core gameplay, but expressed concern over the long-term effects of the game's imposed waiting time periods.[16]


In June 2017, Mistwalker announced a sequel and spinoff to the game, respectively titled Terra Battle 2 and Terra Wars, both for Android and for iOS.[17] Terra Battle 2 was released on September 21, 2017, but its lack of success led to it being discontinued, with it being removed from storefronts on June 3, 2018, and its servers shutdown in September 2018.[18][19][20]


  1. ^ Megan Farokhmanesh (2014-09-05). "Terra Battle's console version won't be a port, Sakaguchi says". Polygon. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  2. ^ a b c Mike Suszek. "Final Fantasy creator sees mobile success in download numbers". Joystiq. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  3. ^ Brenna Hillier (2014-06-27). "Is the father of Final Fantasy's new project called Terra Battle?". VG247. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  4. ^ Sal Romano (2014-07-14). "Hironobu Sakaguchi announces Terra Battle for smartphones [Update]". Gematsu. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  5. ^ Eli Hodapp (2014-10-08). "Out Now: 'Dragon Quest II', 'Terra Battle', 'Castaway Paradise', 'Zombie Highway 2', 'Reckless Racing 3', 'iBomber 3' and More". Touch Arcade. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  6. ^ a b Alex Wawro (2014-10-07). "Final Fantasy creator finds much to learn from mobile game design". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  7. ^ Jeffrey Matulef (2014-08-24). "Mistwalker's F2P Terra Battle to get more content based on number of downloads". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  8. ^ "Achieved 1.6M downloads!!". terra-battle.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Achieved 1.7M downloads!!". Terra Battle. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Achieved 1.8M downloads! Check out Yasunori's new song! - Terra Battle by MISTWALKER". terra-battle.com.
  11. ^ "Terra Battle to end service on June 30". Gematsu. 2020-05-29. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  12. ^ "Terra Battle for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (October 10, 2014). "'Terra Battle' Review – Final Fantasy's Creator Works His Magic On Social RPGs". TouchArcade. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Harry Slater. "Hands-on with Terra Battle: Is Mistwalker's free to play tactical RPG worthy of its heritage?". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  15. ^ Thomas Schulenberg. "Sakaguchi's Terra Battle lands on iOS, Android this week". Joystiq. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  16. ^ Mike Futter (2014-09-01). "Terra Battle: Hironobu Sakaguchi's Terra Battle Requires Nimble Fingers And A Quick Mind". Game Informer. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  17. ^ "crunchyroll.com". crunchyroll. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  18. ^ "Terra Battle 2 has launched!". terrabattle2.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  19. ^ Hovermale, Chris. "Terra Battle 2 gets the axe in North America". Destructoid. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  20. ^ Sato. "Terra Battle 2 To End Its Service In Japan On September 28, 2018". Siliconera. Retrieved 29 June 2018.

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