by Joe White
December 4, 2013
Developer-publisher Square Enix has brought a bunch of iOS Final Fantasy ports to the App Store, most recently including Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, and for some time we've been hearing whispers on the wind claiming that Final Fantasty VI is en route to our iDevices, also. Now, the first screenshots of Final Fantasy VI for iOS have surfaced online, and though nothing is given away, the images do indicate that the title is well into development. The screenshots (included below) appeared on this forum, and were spotted by Pocket Gamer. Besides iOS, Final Fantasy VI is also Android-bound, too, but as you can see little information concerning a potential release date for the title is confirmed or even hinted at, Oceanhorn-style, in the images. To say that Final Fantasy VI is a fan favorite would be an understatement, and iDevice gamers have been holding out for an iOS port of the popular title for some time. But what can be expected from the forthcoming game? Well, according to Square Enix's director and producer Takashi Tokita, the iOS port will be just that. He said:
It is basically like a remake of the original VI. But there have been some enhancements. The battle systems have been altered for the other [mobile remakes] for Final Fantasy and VIwill be the same. For instance grinding was an issue and people had to spend a lot of time leveling up. Now on the mobile devices the battle systems have been adjusted so you don’t have to fight as much and can enjoy the game for what it is.Certain 2-D graphics will of course be maintained, but it goes without saying that Final Fantasy VI for mobile will be optimized for smartphones, too. As of this writing, neither price nor release date have been confirmed, but if Final Fantasy VI for iOS is to meet its oft-quoted release deadline of “this year,” only a couple of Thursdays remain until Apple's iTunes Connect closes for Christmas. It could of course be that Final Fantasy VI isn't set to grace our iDevices until 2014, and given that The After Years launched only a couple of weeks ago, this is more likely the case. Either way, we'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. If you're looking for a recent Final Fantasy game for iOS, take a look at Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It can be downloaded in the App Store for $15.99, and is optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. See also: Halfbrick Studios' Band Stars To Reach The U.S. App Store Tomorrow, The Groove Music App For iPhone Receives A New iOS 7 Look, and Apple's iOS 7 Is Outpacing iOS 6 In Terms Of Adoption.