Knights will act as the party's tank, drawing enemy fire and blocking damage with his shield, while the Monk will get in close to pummel his opponents. The Black Mage casts damaging spells from afar, while the White Mage tends to her friends' wounds.
The intrepid explorers will set out to collect the world's crystals while battling Summons - AKA giant monsters from other Final Fantasy games. An image in Jump shows series mainstay Ifrit, appearing similar to - if not the same as - his form in Final Fantasy 10. This would make sense, given that Siliconera reports that monsters in the game span the Final Fantasy series' multiple generations.
Final Fantasy Explorers does not have a release date at this time, nor do we know if it's even coming stateside. So for now, let's all just set up a Tent and get a nice resting bonus, ok?