Yep, Final Fantasy Tactics will see its App Store re-release this week. The European Square Enix blog dropped an update this morning stating it’ll hit the iPhone and the iPod Touch on Thursday, August 4th at £10.99, which should be around $15.99. An iPad version of the same re-released PS One classic will see a release “later this month,” the blog states.

We’ve been following this one pretty closely as it has creeped through its development cycle. Last week we pointed out that it cleared certification, while in weeks prior we made sure to tell you that the project was once again moving smoothly after several, several, and several soul-sucking delays.

We’ll probably never be exactly sure of what the hold-up has been, but it feels safe to speculate that a lot of it had to do with the implementation of touch and technical and graphical re-turning, of which you can catch a glimpse of in the following footage.

It’s looking as delicious as a protein shake on a hot afternoon, so we’ll definitely get our dirty little hands on it as soon as possible. Stay tuned for more.

[Via Square EU - Thanks, Jeremy!]

  • Deagon

    About time!!!

  • Deagon

    I'll be waiting for the Ipad version. Iphone screen is just to small...

    • GodSon

      Agreed. And so the wait begins for the HD version. Lets all hope it does drop later this month as stated...

  • Macaroon

    I will buy this (again) just to support Squeenix, in the hope that they will make a really excellent iDevice specific game in the near future, such as TWEWY for the DS. Chaos Rings didn't really do it for me.

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

      They should make FF7 already and rake in a cool hundred mil on iOS alone.

  • Robotron2084

    iPad version please.

     I don't play games on my Touch anymore since I got my iPad 2.

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

    Great game etc but it's either running on an old device in that video, or there's no retina display support. Jaggies galore.

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

    Great game etc but it's either running on an old device in that video, or there's no retina display support. Jaggies galore.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jeffmd JeffD D

      It is a playstation 1 port. The geometry is prolly high res (Not only am I thrilled the terrain is 3d again, on the DS it wasn't, but its free rotating now) although low res textured, but the characters are the same sprites used in the ps1 version which is running at something around the 320x240 mark. 

      the game is less a visual feast, and more of an exciting rpg and strategy feast like no other. I was a little disappointed that the music couldn't be remixed, although I am interested in if it is being emulated in real time. The FFT OST consist of 4 cd's... so even compressed were talking 400 megs for music data alone, but if they used the raw music data from the PS1, it would be under 10 megs.

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

        You can render any geometry to any size frame buffer. The original target platform's resolution is irrelevant.

      • http://profiles.google.com/jeffmd JeffD D

        The character sprites were never nore are they geometry based.. they are sprite based. 

  • Apoclypse_2001

    I'm not one to complain on price. I mean bought both FF1 and 2 at full price but 15.99 for an iphone version is a little much, imo. 15.99 for the HD version would have been fine but damn. Doesn't mean I won't buy it, I'm just saying.

    • Stevenmilligan

      FFIII was $15.99 as well so it's not surprising.

  • Jailbreak

    But the graphics is horrible like a old game!

    • http://morereasonsyoushouldntfuckkids.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

      because graphics are all that matter in a game, right?

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

        When a game of this caliber is on the table... you can bet Square will charge through the nose, and yes, you expect very very good graphics. FFS they lied about the release date and delayed it like three times... you as a customer should have very high expectations.

    • Anonymous

      Most games with "horrible" graphics from that era, blow away today's "prettier" games.

      • http://about.me/LaneDenson Laner

        Rose-colored glasses, my friend.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, they're they're those mirror-like lenses,  so others can see a reflection of themselves.

      • http://about.me/LaneDenson Laner

        Was that supposed to be an insult?  If so, I guess I'm too dense to get it.

  • Xyr

    I don't want any complaints about price.  16 bucks is *still* a bargain for a game.  Especially when the company has actually worked on improving and optimizing it for your device.  

    • http://about.me/LaneDenson Laner

      Sorry, when your competition is $5 or less in many cases, $16 is way out of line.

      • Robot Bob

        I'm sorry, what competition?

        What other games on the app store fill the particular niche just as well as Final Fantasy Tactics and are selling for $5?

      • Tyler

        I agree!  I would love to see a game in the app store that even comes close  to Final Fantasy Tactics.  I am huge on Tactical RP games and none of them even closely match FFT.

      • http://about.me/LaneDenson Laner

        What competition?  The thousands of other games in the app store.   You can "niche" yourself to death, and if you're a Square/FFT fanboy, then sure - nothing else will do.  But that doesn't change the fact that most people choosing how to spend their gaming dollar are looking at a game that's ridiculously overpriced compared to the rest of the games it's selling next to.

  • Luthur1964

    I don't like the characters walking in place, but I have never played this game. Does this animation represent that the character has moves left?

    • http://profiles.google.com/jeffmd JeffD D

      no, just part of their idle animation. prolly helps you identify what characters arnt dead or imobile/casting. 

    • Elvasle

      The characters in motion help you distinguish what stat effects they might incur while in battle such as Haste, Slow, and Stop

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngohuyq Huy Ngo

    This game will always remind me of what a great company Square used to be.  It's too bad they have been unable / incapable to replicate games of this high standard.  

    I'd get it but I already own it on several platforms (PSOne, PSP, I think that's it!).  

    I've supported Square long enough even through the new crap that they have spewed out over the past several years.  I'll put my foot down on this one as I'm tired of them re-releasing so many old games instead of creating new and wonderful worlds with good gameplay!  

    So hard to resist though...

  • http://twitter.com/eightyd eightyd

    some people sure love to be pissed off about a game they aren't being forced to buy. I am going to buy it as soon as it is available.  I am sure I will love it, having played through it many times before. 

  • http://twitter.com/eightyd eightyd

    some people sure love to be pissed off about a game they aren't being forced to buy. I am going to buy it as soon as it is available.  I am sure I will love it, having played through it many times before. 

  • Klouud

    White mage with calculator secondary ability + entire team equipped with items to absorb Holy = 1 turn win

  • Klouud

    White mage with calculator secondary ability + entire team equipped with items to absorb Holy = 1 turn win

  • Klouud

    White mage with calculator secondary ability + entire team equipped with items to absorb Holy = 1 turn win

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Buckingham/518019273 Will Buckingham

    I never bought Final Fantasy Tactics when it originally came out, and the one time I tried it at a friend's place I had some issues getting past a particular mission with archers.  I think I may be ready to give it another go, because people rave about how great a game it is.  If I do buy it, it will be for iPad though.  I'm sorry, but with Square's prices I will be buying only one version.  I really wish they would just go $20 on the "HD" release and make it universal like Sword and Sworcery did.

    • Tyler

      The first time I went through the game I had issues with a battle or two but after learning what class is good against another class and what abilities to use, it gets really fun and addictive.   I also suggest grinding out some jobs/classes to get better abilities in random battles so you can pass the harder story missions.

    • http://twitter.com/invalidname Chris Adamson

      For archers, take a fighter (or other close-range combat job, like monk, ninja, or samurai) through the thief job long enough to get the "ignore height" ability. Takes out well-positioned archers really nicely.

  • Dude

    They've re done the art for the retina screen. It will look very sharp on the iPhone 4.

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

      It's the exact same art, all they're doing is uploading high-res images for iPhone. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/jeffmd JeffD D

        yea there has been so few preview shots of this game, it isn't even funny. If it gets the ff3 treatment then we should see redone portraits, but the in game elements will be the same and indeed they look the same from the one bad ingame video above. 

  • andrzej raczynski

    i'd rather give my money to a handful of indie developers offering something original than to the EA of Japan.

    • Vovin

      Well, you don't have to.

  • bennehftw

    yea this game will be worth the money. I know on the ds version I have over 120 hours logged into the game.

  • Rwew

    thursday thursday gotta get down on thursday

  • Acidraw

    Am probably going to wait to see a few reviews on the app store, haven't played a tactics game since the gba.  Hopefully the interface will be very easy to navigate, especially in moving your characters around the maps.

  • Darrencmt

    is this a port of the ps one game or the updated war of the lions version?

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

      I think its a PSP port. The PS1 game was ported to GBA like 5 years ago.

      • Darrencmt

        ok thank you Micheal

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

        Sorry for not doing a little more homework: http://www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-Tactics-Lions-Sony-PSP/dp/B000SSPH3E   

        It turns out this game is basically the SAME game as was released first on PS then on GBA (wow), then on PSP (now called War of LIons), and finally on iOS. Although the game is heralded as pretty damn close to genius, it will be old territory for me. We can only hope there is some new stuff in here.

      • TGChristoph

        The game was never ported the GBA. That was a different FFT game, that went on to have a sequel of it's own. This game was released on the PSOne in 97 I believe, and re-released on the PSP in 08 with an updated story translation and cell-shaded cut scenes. The PSP version is what is bieng ported, without the slow-down on character abilites, which in and of itself is worth picking up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000797981241 Dora Breckinridge

    I just can't manage to get excited about this. When Xenogears hit the Playstation Network a while back, I snapped that one up immediately to show my husband how great it was... except it's pretty shockingly mediocre, contrary to what I remember. Poor, awkward writing, nonsensical plot confused by said writing, plodding battles... ugh, talk about something that hasn't aged well. While I don't begrudge anyone wanting to grab Tactics for myself, I can't help but feel it's going to disappoint in the same way, and besides... I would personally rather spend that money on new interesting games. I've played this one before... I don't feel the need to play it again, and pay for the privilege. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/jeffmd JeffD D

      I never cared for xenogears... It was more like squares atb system with an action charge you could save points up to do more powerful abilities, but I never understood this system because you sacrifice turns yet in the end you do the same or less damage? w/e

      Xenosaga was much better at it (Although I did not like sagas battle system until xenosaga 3). 

  • Warstoke

    need some android love

  • Gtaytay01

    Wait I thought it was supposed to be the remake of the 2nd FFT not the PS1 version??

    • TGChristoph

      It's a port of the second 'version' of the PS1 classic (also known as the PSP version or "War of the Lions")

  • aaron

    For warning, this is going to sound very, very dated and dumb but ...

    I played the original on the Playstation for a hundred plus hours just building wacky little teams, clearing on the bonus content, and generally just enjoying the game but that was the original on a home console. Is the iOS version going to be anywhere near the level of depth as the original or is it 'sped up' for the handheld market? 

  • Kev

    Though I have both a PSP and a iPod Touch and the iPod Touch being my preferred device of the two, I can't help wondering why game is 5 bucks more expensive on the iTunes store than it is on PSN.  Usually it's the other way around.

    • Vovin

      Don't forget that Apple wants a share of 30%. Also, they worked a year wih a small dev team to improve the game for the iOS. Should explain the higher price.

  • Gabriel

    They should release Revenant Wings.. It's PERFECT for iOS.

  • Timothy

    No multiplayer, no universal app, medicore touch UI, not all graphics up-rezzed, barely got autosave to work (really? too hard?)  and priced at twice as much as any other game i've ever bought?  Nice try, but I am disaapointed.  After having my Secret of Mana game erased halfway through by a sync error, I am not going to be paying for any Square Enix ports that don't have a persistant online save.   

    • Vovin

      You don't have to.

    • Vovin

      You don't have to.

    • Vovin

      You don't have to.

    • Vovin

      You don't have to.

    • Vovin

      You don't have to.

    • Vovin

      You don't have to.

    • Vovin

      You don't have to.

  • Klouud

    I beat the game so many times that I started using an Action Pro... I think thats what it was called... I was able to use NPC's as playable characters and get abilities such as teleport2.  I will not buy the game unless some seriously awesome new content comes out like moogles or the ability to capture bosses.  Plus, ramza's abilities don't get good until the end of the game... and by then he is doing so much melee damage that his skills are irrelevant.