Even though we weren’t totally in love with the game in our review, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years ($14.99) is important today for one reason: It’s apparently the harbinger of Final Fantasy VI. Per the iTunes text of After years, “Final Fantasy VI coming soon to the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad!" Of course, Squeenix has been teasing iOS gamers with Final Fantasy VI for quite some time now, so who knows if this is any kind of definitive proof that it’s coming any sooner than it was going to come anyway… But, at least it’s a sign that they’re doing something inside of iTunes Connect.
I’m not sure how much I’d recommend picking up Final Fantasy IV: The After Years at this point unless you’re just into collecting all the Final Fantasy games for iOS. It falls in the same strange grey area of some modern Final Fantasy games of being a sequel of a sequel, which is always a strange path to take. Additionally, $10.99 for one of the games in the series that’s just resoundingly OK at best is probably better put towards Final Fantasy VI when it finally launches, as that game is actually very good.
And, hey, in a glass half full sort of way, the delay for Final Fantasy VI hasn’t been all bad for us. Square Enix seems to have essentially used the Android platform for beta testing, as gamers on that side of the mobile gaming fence have already found a very substantial progress-stopping bug which Squeenix has fixed. Fingers crossed the fix makes it on to the iOS launch version, whenever it actually launches.