ffvilogoSquare Enix has gone bananas releasing Final Fantasy games on iOS, with the first five entries readily available as well as spinoffs such as Final Fantasy Tactics, the old feature phone adventure Final Fantasy Dimensions, and the, err, Cow Clicker-esque Final Fantasy: All The Bravest. At this point, however, fans are really clamoring for a release of Final Fantasy VI (released as Final Fantasy III on the SNES here in North America, and widely considered the best in the early series). Well, Kotaku has gotten confirmation from Square Enix that Final Fantasy VI will indeed be released on iOS and Android this winter.

Graphically, Final Fantasy VI will look similar to the remake of Final Fantasy V which launched earlier this year. That is to say it will have enhanced 2D sprites with a cleaner look for high resolution devices, rather than the full 3D remake style of Final Fantasy III and IV. It will also feature improved battling that will require less grinding than in the original game so players "don't have to fight as much and can enjoy the game for what it is" says Square Enix producer Takashi Tokita.

When asked if more of the "Legacy" iterations of Final Fantasy might make it to mobile, Tokita responded "We are aware that we have tons of VII fans. We have VII fans in our own company. If this Legacy project works out well, we would like to one day be able to work with VII." So there you have it, we will definitely be seeing Final Fantasy VI on our devices soon and hope remains that we'll be seeing Final Fantasy VII and possibly more entries in the series down the road.

[Kotaku]

  • Tatiana

    I've been waiting... and waiting... and waiting... And it's finally happening! Best news ever. :)

    • iammane

      I CANNOT LIKE THIS ENOUGH TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!! !!!!!!!

    • QuarterSwede

      I'm so freaking happy about this being in updated 2D. So freaking good news!

      • Suji

        is the 3D remake that bad? Never played the 3D ones yet

      • JRaynor

        is not bad it's just i think some people myselft included didn't like the "chibi" desing of the characters at all, but it have some nice things as well the characters voices are really well done even more on the ios IMO but at the same time there were a few frames drops even with the iphone 5 as well the lack of proper widescreen support

      • DeInit

        Agreed and trepidating at the prospect of a remastered Opera scene.

      • QuarterSwede

        They're not bad but they would be much better served as full on 3D remakes on new systems (xBox One, PS 4). Can one imagine old school gameplay and stories (usually superior) with beautiful animations that new hardware is capable of?

        The 3D remakes on iOS are just so so. That's the main issue and I feel it degrades the experience.

      • Suji

        I think remaking old time favorites would be very good. Just imagine FF7 on a whole new scale, crisis core is a good prequel but i want a final mix just like in kindom hearts.

        Or perhaps a dissidia on the new consoles would be great as well. Instead of just putting it on a handheld ones.

      • Kristina Harman

        I like the 3D remake better! By the time I finished ff3 on my iphone, I was borderline obsessed with it. It's my favorite so far, because I love the job system. But the graphics are so much better than the 2D, and that certainly helps. I am working through ff5 (ios) now, and it's good...but I just thought ff3 and ff4 were better.

  • ghostspectre43

    If the updated graphics are anything like ff5 on ios I won't be purchasing this

    • JRaynor

      agree i prefer to play a upscale version of the gba-psx version instead of that "remake" ala FFV

    • Tatiana

      I would've loved updated 3D graphics like FFIV, but since when was the early Final Fantasies ever about graphics? It was about epic stories, characterization, and tugging at the heart strings with retro amazingness. Really that's what RPGs should all be about. If anything, Square Enix is focused way too much on graphics now.

      • zergslayer69

        True it's not about graphics, and has always been about music and story, but when revisiting an old classic, you want all of the above plus a new look, kind of like taking an old low res movie and making it sharper, maybe even 3d (like lion king, the 3d is pretty cool). The ff4 remake might not have the best fps or best looking models but it's definitely cool seeing everything you remember yet don't remember.

      • JRaynor

        difference is that using the recent style square is using like in FFD or FFV the game looks like a cheap game made in rpg maker, yea is not about graphics but still i like quality in my games just take a look at the remake of FFIV on the psp and compare that with the remake of FFV on ios

      • swatbot

        In 1991 when i picked up an SNES the graphics were jaw-dropping. There was no such thing as retro then. The series has pretty much always been visually cutting-edge.

    • QuarterSwede

      That's fine. If they were going to be in 3D I likely wouldn't have. The nostalgia factor is a huge seller and that has got to be done with sprites.

  • bigred447uk

    I shall be adding this to the most expensive folder on my phone on release day. Worth every penny. Here's hoping they do it right.

  • CalebHall1

    Finally God!!!!!

    • Moe Smith

      God didnt make this release. Square did.

  • aftermarketradio

    God is in his heaven. All is right with the world.

  • defunct32

    Yay! Finally, oh Square, I have a feeling they're saving VII for "rainy days" when things go awry and they need the $, that's when they'll unleash the trump card that is VII.

  • borntodie007

    OMG!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!

  • PresidentZer0

    What is the big hype about ff? I am serious. The turned base battle system always turned me off.

    • mclifford82

      The battles aren't exactly why you play these games. And all of the ports have the option for the active time battle system, so while yes you are putting your commands in one at a time, the enemy can still whoop your ass if you just sit there.

      • PresidentZer0

        But battle seems like the thing you do most of the time. And what I really don't like are those random encounters... I am not trolling. Maybe someone wants to change my mind. I wouldn't mind,

      • C. Stubb

        Constant battling, in my opinion, is a way to make the player absorb everything a little slower. In some games, (Chrono Trigger) the battle system actually serves to enhance gameplay, as the system was designed to be fun, fast, and strategic. In other games, (Chaos Rings 2) the battles showcase the visual effects, as it's simply cool enough (for me) to sit back and enjoy the fantastic show of heroes and enemies going to down in HD (the same enjoyment which leads people to watch action movies). In most of the "main" FF games, however, the constant battling forces the player to take it slow. If the games was just cut-scenes, dialogue, walking around, and boss fights, you'd blow through the whole experience in mere hours. (But that didn't stop Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery from being totally amazing)

        Anyways, that's just my opinion on why the FF games do battles like the way they do.

      • AngryBaby

        Depending on your generation, you either grew up with turn-based RPG's or skipped the genre and went straight into higher level of player interaction 3D adventure titles. For myself, I never got into turn based "text action" RPG's because I didn't feel very involved. There's a way to do it right, and I'm under the impression that FF has done it right many times for fans of the genre, but I agree with you that this type of game never really captured my attention like other main staple gaming series.

      • PresidentZer0

        Well I am 25 and I am I can remember seeing the ff games being released on snes and psx. So I don't thing it's a matter of age. What I can say is that I really enjoyed the battle system from super Mario rpg, where you had to push a button on the right time to do some extra damage. I don't mind turned based that much but those random encounters are just annoying if you want to get from point a to point b.

    • iammane

      Good story (great story) and nostalgia for me...

    • curtneedsaride

      I fondly remember getting Dragon Warrior in the mail from Nintendo Power, and it's turn-based battles hooked me. For me, it's very relaxing not having to think too hard and just grind in battles for hours. Plus the leveling up always gives me goals. Kind of like my love for running in real life. Very relaxing to me despite being boring and monotonous to others.

      • iammane

        That just arbitrarily came in the mail?! I remember getting it too but couldn't remember how and didn't buy it lol... But played the HELL out of it.

        Helped my younger brother learn how to read too!

      • defunct32

        No lie! RPG is the reason why I actually bothered to read and improve the subject, considering English is not my native tongue.

      • SkylerZio

        I never got that Game in the mail, and I STILL have the very first Nintendo Power issue, as well as had a subscription until around...2003-ish?. What gives?

  • KusanagiShiro

    Kefka: "Squenix I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE YOU for taking this long!!!!" *insane clown laugh*

  • mclifford82

    YES!!!!!!!!!!

  • zergslayer69

    Was hoping for a 3d remake like ff4 but looks like they went the easy route and stuck with sprites. I had a feeling ff6 is too vast for a full 3d remake.

  • svan11

    I'm so excited that I feel like one of those screaming ladies on Oprah's giveaway shows...

  • Pivi

    God, I can't count how much have I replayed FF6. And I will replay it again on my iPad. :-)

  • Taclys

    Sounds awesome! Prediction: it'll be at least $12, probably $15. Hopefully it's a good port, a good port is worth the cash

    • NickyNichols

      Much like Phoenix Wright: for a game like this the cost doesn't matter, it's the thrill of having it on iOS!

  • ImJPaul

    Why can't it just be out now though?

    • ImJPaul

      And by that I mean WOOOOOOO

  • reweblind

    Probably the best FF music ever :) cant wait! Lemme listen to some FF6 OC Remix for the meantime heheh :)

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    One step closer...

  • http://www.onebagtravel.com/ OneBagTravel

    Great news.

  • Goggles789

    YES

  • hkiphone

    FF VII could cost $40 and I'd still get it! Never mind that I won't be able to devote 90hrs of my life on it anymore, but the game was such a beautiful experience.....

  • eventide

    WHY IS MY MONEY BOUNCING OFF OF MY IPAD??? TAKE IT DAMN YOU!!

  • heresandypandy

    With FF VI and FF VII they can basically charge whatever they want, Square Enix really do have a free pass with this one. People will buy it regardless.

  • Reignmaker

    Haven't been a big fan of the FF port controls up to this point. Definitely will keep my eye out for VII though.

  • Lucavious

    Oh god, why. Best game in the series, and they're already admitting to letting their C-list RPG Maker team have control of the remake.

    I could see the justification for FFV, given the dated look of the original. FFVI still looks great to this day, and replacing the original artwork with generic amateur sprites is going to do nothing but degrade the experience more than necessary.

    Man. That is disappointing.

    • Kristina Harman

      I agree. I hated the graphics on ff5. I almost didn't even bother playing it after I downloaded it. I wish they would go all out on ff6.

  • dan68k

    Bring on FFIX!

  • HungarianUrinalCakes

    The FFV graphics actually grew on me as I played to the point of actually liking them, respecting them, and preferring them. Not that they are any where nearly as good as the original graphics, it's just that I've played with the original so many times. SNES, emulator, GBA, PS3, Vita... The updated graphics will definitely give it a fresh feel and breathe new life into this classic. It won't feel like I'm just "replaying" it.

  • Moe Smith

    TAKE MY MONEY!!!

    **throws cash at the screen**

    TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

  • Moe Smith

    Oh and just to p!ss off the fanboys:

    FFVIII > FFVII
    Squall > Cloud
    Rinoa > Aerith (Aeris for you fuktards)
    Edea > Sephiroth

    7 was fun and all but 8 had a better story. the combat system was more fun and the magic system took more strategy than, "Socket mass produced materia win button = smash game!" I remember... i had tons of duplicated materia given to all my characters. You guys simply just want to deep throat Sephiroth's sword... nothing more.

    • 21tigermike

      I seriously didn't know that 8 actually had a story..

    • JosephWelke

      FFVII>FFVIII
      Barrett>Squall
      Tifa>Rinoa
      Sephiroth>Edea
      Awesome music>weird, J-pop singing

      You FFVIII fanboys really want to deep-throat Squall's gunblade with its big, manly cylinder...

      ;)

      Silliness aside, I enjoyed the heck out of both games. I just felt more involved and invested in VII. I'll buy both on iOS when they come out.

      • Moe Smith

        aww, isn't that cute... you put to the whole world how completely unimaginative you are. sheep on sheople... sheep on

    • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

      Wait so whose the fan boy? This is a real head scratcher...

    • swatbot

      Haha. Yeah, I liked both games, and thought 8 was criticized a bit too much... 7 is hardly perfect either. I agree the battle system required more strategy and was really fun once you figured it out. that is unless you just summoned your way through the game--the summons were way too powerful and the animation took way too long. You could play half the game summoning and it would be very easy, but just take twice as long. And everyone who complained seemed to do just that.

  • KevinZOMG

    Well at their current pace, I think we can expect to see FFXIII by 2014.

  • mkdms14

    I am glad to hear that we are getting final fantasy VI and the possibility of VII. However I am bit disappointed about the game to look graphically the same as final fantasy V and final fantasy dimension. I would be fine if it looked like the final fantasy iv complete collection for the pap that one looked great.

  • 21tigermike

    Shit just got real.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    Ok so FF6 now? This is really amazing to me and everyone else it seems. FF7 not as much interested but still very cool!

  • swatbot

    I guess the only thing I don't get here is the grinding aspect. FFVI was not grind-heavy by any means. I recall on the last play-through pretty much picking up the game and cruising through it without grinding until getting to some of the challenging end dungeons.
    Anyway, VI or VII is an instant buy for me even with the original carts/discs and emulated versions I have. I'll be happy to support the ports if they are properly formatted and redone for the iPad.

  • http://www.threeboy.net Threeboy

    Might make me lift my "never buy overpriced squaresoft games on iOS" policy.