Late last month we learned that Square Enix was readying two new entries in the Chaos Rings saga. The following day, we saw the Japanese trailer for one of those games, Chaos Rings Omega, which is a prequel to the well-received iOS exclusive RPG Chaos Rings [$3.99/HD] which released last year. Today, Chaos Rings Omega [$11.99/HD] has officially launched in the App Store.

We’ll be bringing you a full review of Chaos Rings Omega once we’ve worked our way through the game, but chances are that if you really enjoyed the story from the original and want to learn what happened 10,000 years prior then picking up Chaos Rings Omega should be a safe bet.

One nice thing is that an iPad native version is available right now, rather than having to wait months for one to release like the original Chaos Rings. Also, the game supports both Retina Display and iPad resolutions right off the bat, and there is an ambitious update roadmap detailed in the game’s description, which should give you something to look forward to post-release.

There are early game impressions rolling into our forums which you can check out, and we’ll be back soon with a full review of Chaos Rings Omega.

Update: To celebrate this release, Square Enix has put the iPhone and iPad versions of Chaos Rings on sale for $3.99 and $4.99 respectively. The sale will last until May 27th, so be sure to check out the originals at this discounted price. Links have been added directly below.

  • Anonymous

    I liked the first but got bored after the second run.    I'm more interested in what happens after the first game.  Not a fan of prequels.  If the price drops later on, I'll think about it.

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

     Oh wow!

  • Ab

    In my region:

    Chaos Rings for iPad : 15.99 US Dollars
    Chaos Rings Omega for iPad : 14.99 US Dollars

    Fail.

  • questioner

     any word on the quality of the iPad version?  says 1024x768, but there are a lot of negative reviews harping on the resolution of the backgrounds.
    So, iPhone 4 Retina version vs. iPad HD version...what's the verdict?

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

      If it's the same as Chaos Rings 1, then the backgrounds (which are all pre-rendered and not realtime 3D) are all rendered to iPhone 3G resolution (480x320). On both an iPhone 4 and the iPad the same backgrounds are just upscaled without any filtering, so they look very blocky.

      Square seem unable to master filtering in any form. They can't even get the iPhone's built in texture filtering to work on their 3D models, which is why the textures look so blocky and PS1-like.

      • questioner

        Thanks, Phil =)
        I was actually referring to Chaos rings 1, so this definitely answers my question.  Looks like I'll avoid the $5.99 iPad version and see how the $3.99 "retina update" worked out for my iPhone 4.

  • Wisedude

    First game is the only  square game I haven't had the will to play it just didn't suck me in at all. I'll be skipping and continuing with FF6 instead.

  • shamu

     Never finished the first one, got bored after a while. 

    Plus why pay full price for half these recent games, i bought the 1st one, now i see i could of bought it cheaper had i waited, why should i not do that again! everyone will soon start waiting for the inevitable sale.i see people doing it already, not saying the games are to expensive, i dont think they are but, if i know fact it will be on sale later.. il wait. the games/sales tactics are training me to think this way.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      With some games that's true, but Square Enix games don't really fluctuate that much. It took 4 months for the first game to drop just $3, and another 4 months for it to drop to half price. Finally, more than a year later, it's about a third of the original price. Is it really worth waiting more than a year to save $9?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrzej-Raczynski/668591493 Andrzej Raczynski

         it is if during that year there were hundred of other worthy games released at price points one finds more agreeable.

        was going to finally buy the first one, now that its $5, but after reading these comments and the reviews.... nah.

  • Anonymous

     Chaos Rings is for me the best game for the ipod touch. The Sound, Story, Gameplay was amazing. That's why this game is a instant buy for me. Just to have another reason to jump back to the CR universe. 

  • Anonymous

     I never finished the first one because basically you had to play the game four times to finish it, artificially padding the game length.  Maybe someday I'll get around to finishing it.  I hope this new installment doesn't use the same formula.

  • Hardyhell

     Sorry i do not get it.Quote:
    "One nice thing is that an iPad native version is available right now, rather than having to wait months for one to release like the original Chaos Rings. Also, the game supports both Retina Display and iPad resolutions right off the bat, and there is an ambitious update roadmap detailed in the game’s description, which should give you something to look forward to post-release."

    is there a universal version that supports both devices.the iphone and the ipad?
    have both devices and do not want to pay twice.

    thanks

    • Stevenmilligan

       No. Squeenix never makes a universal version of their games.

  • Noah

     Wait, is this thing in English or Japanese? The SS shows Japanese.

  • Jas

    Are the graphics actually HD on iPad this time with Omega?  Is the gameplay better?