Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions was getting close to becoming the Duke Nukem Forever of the App Store. It was announced back at E3 of last year. Since then, it missed its original September 15th release date, then got pushed back to "spring 2011". Spring came and went, then Squeenix announced it would be coming in June or July. That original estimate didn't turn out to be too good either, as not long after, it was pushed back again. As long as I'm linking all of these relevant stories, I should also mention our Final Fantasy Tactics hands-on preview, which still is one of my favorite April Fools Day posts, even though it sure did make a lot of people angry.

ANYWAY! With all that backstory out of the way, I can get to the good news: Final Fantasy Tactics has been submitted to Apple for approval. I blasted out a tweet polling developers for recent App Store approval turnaround times lately, and assuming there aren't any show stopping bugs or other reasons for apple to mash the big red "REJECT" button we could be playing FFT potentially as early as this Thursday, but more likely next Thursday, if Squeenix sees similar approval times.

This is exciting news, as Final Fantasy Tactics is basically the perfect game for the iPhone. (Yeah, I went there.) I'd still love to see them port more of the Final Fantasy games to iOS devices, and with how successful they all seem to be on the App Store, I can't think of much reason why they won't eventually. Either way, if you're looking for a place to party with people similarly excited for FFT, swing by the thread in our forums.

  • http://twitter.com/powa1216 Henry Lee

    Wow great news!

  • Anonymous

    Great, now for the really hard question: Do I get this version or wait for the iPad version next month?  I would love to play FFT on a big beautiful screen but I also want this game in my pocket...like now.

    DECISIONS!

    • Anonymous

      I plan to buy the iPhone game then use Full Force on my iPad.  Here's hoping it scales well.

  • Instabuy

    INSTABUY. I don't care if it's a hundred bucks. I've waited long enough. 

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

      Don't joke, I'm sure the price will be eye wateringly high on this one.

  • backtothis

    Amen.

    Finally.

  • Anonymous

    You're comparing the ~1.4 year wait for FFT to the 14 year wait for DNF?

    Wow.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Well, it has been in development for half the life of the App Store with a seemingly endless stream of delays, seems like an apt comparison. ;)

      • SickBoy

        It's not.

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

        SickBoy the Pickup artist? How the mighty have fallen

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

      Aha, seems you're the last one to get the joke. It's called a Hyperpole for effect. Pass Go and don't collect $200.

  • GodSon

    And so the countdown begins for the HD version :/

    • GodSon

      because my BF has just bought me a ipad 2 loaded with pictures of us at gay pride, im so lucky. anyway thought i would share..

  • Sildedaspo

    Glad you are excited but this is a useless post...

    • Anonymous

      While I am not adding anything of interest, I wanted to point out that your post was actually the useless one. The guys excited about his iPad 2 and this game. What's the prob?

      • Stevenmilligan

        Personally, I think your post is useless. Well, not really. I just wanted to fit in... 

      • http://twitter.com/riChchestMat Chris Matchett

        In before my own post is useless

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    Let me get this straight - earlier today you publish news that a game is in development slated for release "until the end of 2012" and now you call FFT "the Duke Nukem Forever of iOS"?

    *golfclap*

    • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

      You realize the cycle for most iOS games is like 2-3 months, right?

      • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

        Toucharcade has in the past rightfully lamented that the pricing scheme (0.99$ to 9.99$) prevents high quality games to be published on the platform. So now a company actually gets their shi... assets together and puts some hard work into a port and that warrants indirect criticism in the form of "This is so overdue", when at the same time, on the same day, they publish news of ANOTHER port that has a PROJECTED time frame for completion of 18 months.

        This is, and I am low-balling here, hypocritical.

        And yes I do know that games are cranked out in three months and are then thrown  on to the pile. What's your point there? That FFT is just like "Scoops" or "Angry Birds"? Yeah right. You can easily see what you get when you crank out a port in three months when you take a cold hard look at the ultra thought-out "Let's just use an emulator with ROMs" Sega ports who are published suffering from performance issues *golfclap*

        Again, what was your point? Usually games are less polished and have a tiny amount of content because they are done in three months?

        Oh and let's bring in Firemint on that topic. Hey Firemint, Real Racing, was that done in three months?

        Yeah didn't think so.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        For what it's worth, the Duke Nukem Forever comment had more to do with the number of times the game has been delayed which is more than any other high profile game I can think of. It was intended to be an amusing anecdote that you guys are taking entirely too seriously.

        I should have used proper or tags I suppose. :)

      • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

        Ok all is forgiven then :-)

      • http://www.firemint.com firemint

        Leave us out of this :P

      • Martin Clifford

        Either way, it's a BS comparison to make Brad.  Just admit it dawg.

      • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

        It's not. You're just being wildly critical.

      • Sildedaspo

        Wow some people bitch way to much.

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

      This game was supposed to be released a few months ago bro.

    • Mr T Bailey

      Gotta love the internet.

      People are rarely as rude to each other when standing around all together in a room at a party as they are on internet forums.

      Anonymity seems to breed such bravado and seems to promote a lack of courtesy and tolerance for others' opinions.

      I don't think the Duke comment was supposed to be a grand defining statement founded on days of research and statistical analysis. It was a joke, a comparison, an idle comment voiced over the edge of a martini glass whilst people mingle and enjoy themselves, to a background of cool jazz.

      Aah yeah, wish I was there. Got a bit carried away I think.

      Sorry.

  • http://profiles.google.com/brett.wagner Brett Wagner

    Didn't they say this wouldn't be universal?  I'm really not interested in paying for this for a third time (psp, iPhone, iPad)

    • Anonymous

      Then don't.  Just play your PSP version instead if it's not worth a second and third transaction.  

  • C.Hannum

    Something tells me this is going to set a new high for the most I've been willing to pay for an iOS app, but this will be an instabuy as long as it's less than $20.

    • Anonymous

      It had better not be $20.  The downloadable PSP version just launched for $10 last week.  Charging too much more for this version would be simply unfair, as I believe the PSP one has multiplayer; and this one won't.  :(

      • C.Hannum

        Well, at $9.99, it's an instabuy then (I had no idea what it had sold for on other platforms when I posted that). I've played the GBA & DS versions and paid considerably more for them than $10, so it's a no-brainer for me.

  • Booch138

    Can't wait for this. I simply cannot wait... now that it is almost in our grips, it seems like the wait this week or till next week will be longer than the wait for it to have been submitted hahaahah

  • SMP

    No I dont think this compares to Duke Nukem Forever, thats the last game I wany think of this as.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erik-Thomas/100001214773968 Erik Thomas

    I've heard that it wont work on ipods that are older than 3rd gen machines? Is this right? If so, it's incredibly depressing. FF3 looks and runs just great on my 2nd gen ipod and I was really, really looking forward to playing this.

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

    He might be trying to tell you something.......

  • MisterDrgn

    I still don't really get this.  I have an old ds. A friend lent me the ds version of the game, but I haven't gotten around to playing it yet.  Hopefully I will eventually.  Why should I pay $10 to play it on my phone instead?

    • Blueknight1st

      FFT: War of the Lions was never released for the DS. What you have is the crappy FFT Advance 2.

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

      Updated graphics and UI, obviously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664531244 Daniel Skatter

    *sigh* And I just picked up the PSP version off the Playstation Network for ten bucks. I hope the iOS version is as cheap or cheaper...

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

      Are you kidding? No way. You're setting yourself up for the right to whinge.

  • Mr T Bailey

    Gotta love the internet.
     
    People are rarely as rude to each other when standing around all together in a room at a party as they are on internet forums.
     
    Anonymity seems to breed such bravado and seems to promote a lack of courtesy and tolerance for others' opinions.
     
    I don't think the Duke comment was supposed to be a grand defining statement founded on days of research and statistical analysis. It was a joke, a comparison, an idle comment voiced over the edge of a martini glass whilst people mingle and enjoy themselves, to a background of cool jazz.
     
    Aah yeah, wish I was there. Got a bit carried away I think.
     
    Sorry.