If you have an older iPhone or iPod Touch, or hey, just a little cramped on space because you have an entire folder crammed with fart apps, you probably don’t want to update Chaos Rings [$12.99 / HD] or its kinda-sequel, Chaos Rings Omega [$11.99 / HD]. For whatever reason, Square Enix has added Japanese voices to both games, and in the process have (at least) doubled the file sizes of both.

The newly updated version of Chaos Rings has gone from 273MB to 698MB, while the follow-up skyrocketed to 778MB from 379MB on the iPhone. The iPad versions see similar file increases. Refreshingly, this information is freely available in the respective applications’ descriptions. It’s nice when a company is up front about moves like this, but also kind of sad since we didn't expect to hear stuff like this from them in the first place.

If you’re worried about space or whatever, there are a couple of things you can do. First, you could just not download the updates since they don’t add anything of significant value to the game part of either. Or, if you want to give these a spin but want to revert later, you could save the old .IPA files of the originals for safe-keeping. Your choice, but we thought you’d like to know before clicking “update.”

  • Kurosawa

    Awesome. If only we could have gotten FFX+ with the original voices instead of bad english.

  • Kurosawa

    Awesome. If only we could have gotten FFX+ with the original voices instead of bad english.

    • Anonymous

      Not awesome... Useless waste of hundreds of MBs...

      • Anonymous

        Exactly.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly.

  • Real Hero

    More like forced update for CRO as I eventually will have to update it to get the secret bosses later. Unnecessary waste of space. Lame.

  • Asd

    I dig it. ALL foreign content should have the option of listening to dialog in the native language.

    I'm sick of shitty final fantasy english voice acting

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

      I actually sent snail mail back in the days of Final Fantasy X-2 begging Square to start including Japanese language tracks in their games that originally had them, and to think it only took 10+ years for them to start doing it... on a mobile platform.  Well, progress somewhere is better than nowhere.  I'm sure I'll still have to import XIII-2 and Versus to get the original tracks though.  They're still exceedingly xenophobic in 99% of localization cases.

  • Blueknight1st

    Meh, I've got 64gigs so I don't care.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Federico-Astica/1003533711 Federico Astica

      But there are other people that aren't that lucky.

    • Anonymous

      I have 64gb and I do care.

      • http://www.vitaltitles.com/ Nick

        Exactly. I've got better things to waste almost a gig on.

  • Psac

    Is there any way to force an app from not being updatable?  Now I can't "update all" without chewing away all that space.  Very close to deleting the game outright, very disappointed in the $13.99 I spent on the original.

    • http://portablesoldier.tumblr.com Jay MacEachern

      In iOS 4 you have the ability to update each app individually if you do not wish to remove FF. 

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    Yeah you guys are some real gaming enthusiasts complaining about getting basically a Japanese Import as a special Edition for free.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe everyone doesn't want Japanese voices in the first place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tomate-Diseño/100001349625888 Tomate Diseño

    Correct me if I'm wrong but if you wish to not update this then you're going to have a permanent reminder nagging away at you, unless you delete the app?

    I'm perpetually screamed at by both itunes and my ipod for not updating some games (long story but my having swapped countries in my account I can't update some apps) and it's like having a seed permanently stuck between my teeth.

  • Anonymous

    This could have been handled better, how about making this an optional download similar to how a lot of games do retina graphics. Not everyone cares about a Japanese VO.

  • http://twitter.com/teknikal69 P Allen

    Well I for one don't want japanese language or the ridiculous size update (haven't square heard of file compression) and I'm on a 64gb device it's a complete waste of space from a game I paid full price for and may have to delete now.
    It's also unbelievable how often app updates ruin things remove features or just break completely it's about time apple gave the option to freeze app versions without itunes nagging you to death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Federico-Astica/1003533711 Federico Astica

    Just updated this, and to my surprise there is no option for Japanese audio with english text, just everything in English or Japanese. This sucks SE!!! You give us 400MB of  something that we can't use... bad move.

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

      Whoa, that's surprising, and sounds like a terrible bug rather than a design decision.  I downloaded it earlier but hadn't gotten around to clearing space to check it out yet.  Hopefully they'll get that fixed quickly before too many people waste their time downloading a 700MB update.

    • http://twitter.com/Keefer88 Fred W

      It works fine with me (English text + Japanese voice). 

  • Dave

    Japanese voice acting is actually great.

    • http://www.vitaltitles.com/ Nick

      Not if you don't speak Japanese.

  • yanhua wu

    88Amity6:

    uggs canada

  • http://twitter.com/Gabovr89 Gabriel Velarde

    its great that they at this new feature, but really, more than double the game size just on the voices? I mean, couldnt they compres it so it could only take like idk 100 more mb?

  • Martin Hamel

    1 : Open Chaos ring on your device and set the voice volume to 0
    2 : With Iphonefolder go to the chaos ring folder/Data
    3 : Locate and delete the 2 voice files (the 2 biggest files)
    4 : Enjoy !!