Get pumped: A native mobile take on the Final Fantasy Tactics franchise is heading to Android and iOS, Square Enix has revealed via a Japanese language teaser site dedicated to the game and pre-registration for it. Get sad: according to the signage on the site, it'll be a Mobage release, which pretty much promises that it'll be filled with various free-to-play hooks, twists, and shenanigans.

Final Fantasy dot net has a breakdown of what you can learn from the page:

Square Enix has opened a new Japanese website and pre-registration for a new smartphone title called Final Fantasy Tactics S. This “social” game, something of a spinoff of the Ivalice Alliance, will feature designs originally created by Ryoma Ito. The game will also include races, jobs, and monsters featured in 2008′s Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift for the Nintendo DS.

It'll be interesting to see where Square Enix decides to weave the social hooks into the Tactics experience. Considering it's a turn-based strategy series, there'll be a lot of good places to sneak them in. Just imagine the possibilities! Timers, and slot machine mechanics, and IAP weaponry oh my!

No release date or territories have been announced. We'll keep our eyes out for any more intel, though.


  • desaispanos

    Oh god no.


  • ExcaliburEdge

    And Squeenix takes a dump on yet another classic.

  • jtall

    I was excited until I read Mobage...

    • skeblik

      Same here...

    • VeganTnT

      As soon as I saw this in my RSS I thought, "Get Pumped until you find out its a mobage game..."

      Glad it's not just me.

    • C. Stubb

      I consider FFT to be one of the best tactical RPGs of all time. On the other hand, I also depose Mobage and everything they stand for. To quote the Joker, I'll be interested to see "what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object".

      • PureRumble

        There r no unstoppable forces, nor immovable objects

      • ExcaliburEdge

        The ability of Mobage destroying Final Fantasy is insignificant compared to the power of The Force!!!!

      • n b

        that you know of

  • bigred447uk

    This is the worst news I ever heard :/

    • PureRumble

      Think back a bit... Im sure 9/11 comes to mind and it was a wee bit worse :-/

      • Denzalo

        Too soon.

  • grits

    I would immediately purchase any original Final Fantasy tactics game on iOS. And by that I mean a real game. This does suck.

    • PureRumble

      Euh am i missing something or have u missed the FFT title on ios?

      • twick

        He said "any". There are several final fantasy tactics titles.

  • SirFobos

    Boo what a terrible idea. What are they doing to this franchise!?!?

  • bigE1669

    Mobage. Absolutely nothing to get excited about.

  • Echoen

    No... No no no not my most favorite game ever turned into utter freemium trash :/ :/ :/

  • _Jc_

    Just say NO to "Free to play"

    Don't even download this POS no matter how much you like FF:Tactics or SE. In fact, don't download this BECAUSE you like SE or FFT because the fewer people download it, the less likely they are to ever do this again.

    I really, really hope that this "F2P" craze is just a phase and that we can go back to REAL games soon. You know - games that you have to win with your brain, not your wallet.

    • Rican Rann

      woah.. that last line was right tho

  • NickyNichols

    Squenix+F2P= a mediocre game with overpriced IAPs that are necessary to play the game.

  • imuddy

    What ever happen to the whole stop making social games that SE pushed out few month back.

  • Herpin Derpinson

    It will be interesting to see how hard they try to milk us this time

  • amos38

    Luckily I don't have to recruit 20 or so "friends" and bleed dollars for other really fun SRPGs like Kingturn. It's too bad that something as cool as FF Tactics may go down the freemium route 🙁 I've tried out a couple of mobage games and they had very little game play but tons of opportunities to pay...

  • Aaron Marroquin

    Oh man I hope this is good. I would pay a flat 30 bucks for this if they make it accessible. I fear the freemium demon at times. Some games do it great, like CSR or Injustice. Those two games are the best at it!

    • Adams Immersive

      I'd pay another $10 to PREVENT any social tie-ins to my gaming! Friends schmends.

      • ExcaliburEdge

        Exactly! Lets go back to the roots of final fantasy! Games for people who have no interest in having friends who aren't NPCs!

  • TJF588

    Didn't SQEX already do this on Facebook? Not this exact game, but I remember something with the aesthetic, though not the game interface (at least, I don't remember a grid).

    • curtisrshideler

      They made FF Airborne Brigade, which was not good. And I'm sure this one will be just as crappy.

  • Mark Edwards

    an asynchronous multiplayer Final Fantasy Tactics would be awesome. however, I have a feeling this is going to be another cash grab similar to All The Bravest

    • Seil

      Watch it be even worse. $3 for a random "hero" that you have to obtain 50 of the same one and fuse them all to get max level! And don't forget to make 100 throwaway "friends" every week so you can get special referral units to fuse!

      Now I've gone and made myself sad 🙁

  • Morgan01

    Wow, still trying to capitalize on older titles and games. SE really is trying to bleed old successes as much as possible. FFT, this can either be really interesting or a complete mess. Adding Fermium or IAP? Cringe*

  • OneBagTravel

    Not getting excited about this. They keep producing mobile games that are garbage.

  • Alan Keller Jr

    Worst news ever. *Goes back to playing the real deal.*

  • JCat_NY

    Social, Freemium. Move on, there's nothing to see here..

  • ineptidude

    Ugh. I played FF Airborne Brigade for a while, which was the other FF game licensed to Mobage. It wasn't bad. Wasn't good either. A stupid referral system got added. Then they started to give out rewards for rankings and it was literally impossible to place in the top 100 without spending at least $100 on in-game consumables. Don't look forward to this and I really discourage anyone from having even mediocre expectations.

  • eventide

    Decisions like this by S-E make me less and less surprised how average and below average FF13 and 13-2 turned out.

  • Evolution888

    This will likely be even worst then All the Bravest... This is what they are doing during their "restructure"? ... looks like they gna need to do more then that

  • meatz666

    Never played a Mobage game, could someone explain why is it so bad?
    If the IAP were only to avoid grinding, I think it would be pretty cool. Nowadays I don't have time to spend 8 hours just to unlock a new job...

    • MidianGTX

      So why play games with grinds at all? The main reason F2P games have them in the first place isn't because it's a naturally occurring mechanic that comes with the genre, it's because they intentionally shoved it in there as an excuse to give you something to buy your way out of.

    • Morgan01

      The big problem with Mobage is that their games are design to be pay-to-win. The IAP isn't to improve the game, but the means to buy your way into the standings or up the leader board. And it's not just a few purchases. Once you've made your way into decent standings, the only way to maintain it is to continue with the IAPs. Once you stop, you fall behind. It's neat and entertaining for a while, until you realize it's a money pit.

  • Sonny Whitaker

    I have a better idea, Android the Playstation and Gameboy Advance emulators and play Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lions...Advance....and Advance2. Hundreds of hours of great gameplay that require you to use strategy (not money) to unlock (not pay for) classes and battles. iPhone your phone. You guys got the official WotL smartphone version anyways.

    • Morgan01

      FFT War of the Lions is available for purchase from the App Store for IOS. Controls are a little clunky, but it's a very playable game. Say, SE, why not update the controls and improve what you have "before" venturing off with these...experiments?

  • pdSlooper

    I downloaded FF Airborne Brigade, but it's a hideous mess of menus and rambling tutorials, all thrown at you at once. I didn't even have the patience to get to the freemium nonsense -- that level of awful design is a no-go for me.

  • TurboRuhland

    Mobage scares me, I played FFAB too much.

    I just want a good solid FF title without ridiculousness.

  • uaq

    Nothing about this gives me any impression that it's going to be good. Squeenix have tanked one to many times on iOS.

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  • DranDran

    Its really frustrating, heres this company with quality franchises that could lead mobile gamin design and quality wise, yet all they do is deliver garbage that gouges your for your nostalgia. SE reported record losses last year, yet still they do this garbage.

    Wat do? No buy from me. Again.

  • vic_viper_001

    POS games like this are the reason I'll be picking up a 3DS in the not too distant future.

    • pkmaximum

      Seriously, Nintendo has definitely won back my attention with the handheld market. Miamoto had a point, good games breed attention. This is why mobile gaming sucks, this is why Vita gaming pretty much sucks. Nintendo is the only one with the memo apparently!

      • vic_viper_001

        I wouldn't dismiss ALL mobile games as crappy since I know there's some good ones out there, but yeah... Miyomotos right. I just hope gamers will become fed up with this iap BS before it's too late.

      • pkmaximum

        Definitely got carried away. I was watching IGN's "iOS garbage" articles before reading your comment, so I was pretty upset with mobile gaming haha. However, the main point of my statement stands, as Nintendo knows what they're doing, everyone else is just milking mobile gaming for what it's worth.

  • Sebastian Gomez

    I think S stands for "s**t" in this case .__.

  • SKamiTheFly

    Just make an actual sequel. The only Final Fantasy game I actually like. I love it.

  • Protoman

    Wow...can't believe people still feel SE is a great enough company to even complain about. I was done with them when FF XIII came falling out of SE's diaper. Square was ruined the day Enix bought them.

  • Edmund Ching

    I'm getting the same vibe as when every time Hollywood announces that they are adapting a Anime/Manga into a movie...

  • Selyl J Nala

    I hope it's not completely dependent on buying extra crap, I don't mind the grind but there's a point where it's ridiculous, I think Square Enix is working on becoming the next EA and they're doing a good job starting here.

  • dinkster

    five years since the last tactics game, and then this...