Square Enix has announced the development of Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light for Nintendo DS.

The 4 Heroes of Light is a brand new Final Fantasy game boasting picture book visuals and an easy to control battle system designed to appeal to both old and new fans of the series.

In the small kingdom of Horne, Brandt awakes on the morning of his fourteenth birthday. Today is the day he becomes an adult, and the custom of the realm says that he must go to the castle to present himself to the king. Yet when he arrives at the castle he finds the youngest princess is missing, abducted by the Witch of the North. With no one else to turn to, the king makes a shocking request: will Brandt save the princess?

Designed with the concept of a traditional RPG brought up-to-date with the best of today's technology, the game goes back to the basics and origins of the Final Fantasy series, with a classic story of four young heroes embarking on an adventure; a tale of dragons, kings, princesses and witches.

Players can join their friends' adventure with up to four players able to conquer dungeons together, while the unique job change "Crown System" allows players to freely switch the character's class simply by changing the hat each character wears. There are over 20 jobs to choose from.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light is scheduled for release this autumn.