This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, given the fact we've already seen the first four Final Fantasy games come to iOS, and that Square Enix blatantly teased this in a trailer for Final Fantasy IV [$7.99] late last year, but Joystiq reports by way of Famitsu that Final Fantasy V is set to hit iOS and Android devices in Japan by the end of the month. Here's a screen from the Japanese version, and check out the original Famitsu article for many more.

While Squeenix wouldn't confirm a release outside of Japan, it seems like a given since all the others have been released in the US and been quite successful. Joystiq even notes that those previous Final Fantasy games were all released simultaneously worldwide, so it's likely we'll get Final Fantasy V in the US the same time Japan does. It should weigh around $19 when it hits based on the Japanese price, and we'll let you know when some more solid info on a US release is available.

[Joystiq via Famitsu]

  • beeto456

    I guess the graphics will be like FF1 and FF2 on PSP and iOS/Android. Given that FF5 wasn't on PSP, they have to remake the sprite to hi-res from ground-up.

  • Karzay

    I don't really want this game, but I'll buy it with hope that it will eventually lead to FF7 on the iPad. Then they can stop. FF8 was ok, but it kinda went downhill from there.

    • blakedaking

      I have a feeling ff7 will not come out any time soon.

    • ExcaliburEdge

      No love for 10? It may have been linear, but the character development and story kept me coming back.

      • Onikage725

        That's coming in HD form to Vita soon. Given that it wasn't built FOR iOS, ps2 ports are probably tricky and require a good deal of work. We are probably a ways off, and such a project would likely be exclusive to A6 devices if it ever happens.

  • TDA

    Thanks to Awesome Baby Names, we can play this already!

    • JRaynor

      to be honest i prefer a full screen with some good looking retina graphics instead of that

      • PureRumble

        Maybe there will be an update...

        Baby Names II - Eternal Resurrection

        Naaa im just fooling

      • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

        "...full screen with some good looking retina graphics..."

        And you expect to get that from Square Enix? Hehe, I like your sense of humor :)

      • JRaynor

        well if you haven't play the current FFIV, twewy, cr2, drakerider and dont know about the upcoming update to FF tactics with improve sprites

        Then i dont know what are you saying with your "i like your sense of humer" since that is 1000x better that have a blurry gba game on the iphone screen

      • ExcaliburEdge

        Very true. However, once they release it, updates will be few and far between. If it doesn't work on iOS7, we'll all be screwed.

      • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

        As it happens, none of these titles support retina on my ipad. And square specifially promised improved assets on the ipad version of FFT, but have yet to deliver.

  • JRaynor

    glad to see this one is 2D now is they give us the psp version of FFIV

    Anyway instabuy

    • Onikage725

      I don't care about that version of 4 so much as wanting After Years.

      • JRaynor

        i'm with you but still if they port the after years if not that hard to include the original as well in 2D

      • Onikage725

        I'd be concerned about them having multiple FFIVs on iOS though. That's why I'd just be happy if they put out the sequel.

  • mclifford82

    As long as the next one is VI, I'm a happy camper. Though, I can already play that on my jailbroken iPad, an official app with new twists and touch control would be awesome.

  • TJF588

    YES!

    So underrepresented States-side. And to think, thanks to PSN, that sub-par translation is what floats around. Poor Faris...

    Make it Universal with Game Center, and I may have to dive at launch. Better have all the GBA trappings.

    But then, will a worthy version come to usurp the PS1 Classic?

  • ExcaliburEdge

    5 is by far my favorite 2D FF!

  • TJF588

    *takes closer look* Whoa, the sprites are so...tall. Hope that Galuf-Xezat scene on the ship comes off just as dynamically with these latter-day proportions.

    • ExcaliburEdge

      Lenna also looks a bit more.... dimensional.

  • Spite

    From the ffwiki page it says the game will be released on the 28th of March in Japan. Hope it will have a international release asap.

  • http://twitter.com/threeboy threeboy

    Almost as good as FF6.

  • toxiccheese

    Good thing about this is that we are another port closer to SE having nothing left to port over and maybe, just maybe we can get something completely new from Sqeenix! Personally, I'm tired of getting more of the same regardless of how good it may be.

    • http://www.facebook.com/link6616 Rowan Idris Carmichael

      While that sounds good in theory... Consider that they could go FFV 3D and try remaking all the games with the FFIII/IV DS engine.

      Square would be quite able to stay in the past as long as money is there. (sadly, something I would be helping them with since they still support gen 1 ipad when they can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hopper/1238691947 Paul Hopper

    I'm still waiting on 6, glad this is coming. Means there's nothing left but 6 on up to go as far as ports :)

  • Alex

    Yet another totally boring Squaresoft, I mean Square-enix, release. When will they release the good ones like Chrono Cross or FF7,8, or 9?

    So tired of this crap from them.

    • ExcaliburEdge

      Chrono Cross would be nice! However, I don't think they've released any ps1 games on iOS yet. They're probably pushing out all the pre-Sony stuff and letting the newer iDevice iterations build up specs.

      ...Either that or they just stink.

      • Alex

        They just stink. I can play FF9 perfectly well on my jailbroken 4s using a PSX emu. What is the problem then with Square? They want to milk it. It's really aggravating and sad. FF6 was released in 94. If they can't make new games that are good on a mobile device (Chaos Rings was alright, not great), then they might as well release a great old game.

  • ImJPaul

    7, 8, and 9 are all equal in my book. Blasphemy, I know but these are my 3 favorite games of all time. No game could ever come close. It's great knowing that FF6 should be coming in the next year though. Such a fantastic game.

    • ExcaliburEdge

      Each was good in it's own respect. You can't really compare too much, since the tech increased quite a bit over that time span. I believe 7 was originally set for a snes or n64 cartridge release.

  • Onikage725

    That price...damn. I hope they are putting some serious work into it (and roll the assets into an update to FFVIA). I'm not a price whiner (bought full unlock on Dimensions day 1, and both both versions of most of their games), but this being more expensive than 4 with its polygonal graphics and voice acting is confusing to me.

  • Onikage725

    Hope it's universal.

  • robbmx77

    I'm really looking forward this one. The graphics look like the ones in Dimensions , old school with retina display.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

    The trouble Square will have with porting the PS1 era FF games, is that they most likely don't have all those old pre-rendered backgrounds in high-res. The PS1 backgrounds are 320x224 resolution, which is obviously a long way from the 2048x1536 of an iPad.

    Square have updated the old 8 and 16 bit FF games in the past with new assets, but it would be a bigger and more expensive job to do the same with the PS1 games. (unless they have all the old scene files intact and accessible, which given the state of archiving in the games industry, is unlikely)

  • Zerol3onheart

    That's one away from VI! Come on SE! You're so close!

  • Frank Hopewell-Smith

    ONE STEP CLOSER TO VI.

    LAST PUSH NOW SQUARE ENIX!

  • Carvool

    I never got the character portraits in the square-enix ports of these games. Her hair is clearly pink; why is her portrait blonde? They do this for nearly ever character, even ones with semi-reasonable hair colors…

    Still, probably the best game I know about butts—I mean butz.

    • TJF588

      It's all derived from their character artwork. Yoshitaka Amano, who still illustrates for SQEX despite not being the character designer, often makes wispy sort of things. In FFV's case, the characters all had light hair. You'll be in for a kick to see Faris's discrepancies (or just find the FMV from the PS1 release).

  • http://profiles.google.com/gigastrash rad asds

    FF dimesnsion is the best game I ever played on Android, and FF3 is second best.

    I hope FF IV comes out on Android soon. I really hate that fact that they always release their games on iOS first