It looks like the New Year is set to bring something nice for fans of the Final Fantasy game series. Because according to developer-publisher Square Enix, Final Fantasy IX is indeed heading to smartphones and tablets (including Apple’s iPhone and iPad) in the near future.
Happy New Year from Square Enix
Talk about a New Year’s gift from Square Enix. The news hit the Web in an update to the developer’s website (via TouchArcade), and a small number of details concerning the upcoming release have been shared online.
According to Square Enix, iOS device owners will need an iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.0 or later in order to enjoy the software. This all seems reasonable enough. The iOS port will also be compatible with the iPhone 5s or above, the fourth-generation iPad or above, the second-generation iPad mini or above, and the sixth-generation iPod touch or above. As such, you won’t be able to enjoy the game on your iPhone 4s, which is just as well; after all, the device is apparently struggling to even run iOS 9, and so a Final Fantasy title would definitely be a step too far.
Concerning the app’s feature set, TouchArcade also noticed the below information inside of the FF Portal application:
With high-definition graphics, newly added achievements, auto-save, high speed mode, and several game boosting features, the game is easy to pick up and play no matter where you go.
This all sounds great to us; we’ll let you know once the title launches on the App Store.
Before now, Square Enix offered iOS device owners a festive treat with an update for Final Fantasy Record Keeper (an application that originally launched in March), and the developer-publisher announced Final Fantasy Type-0 Online, another upcoming app.
Though Final Fantasy IX has yet to be released on iOS, Final Fantasy VII is indeed available; it launched back in August, and is a direct port of the PC classic with no changes or additions made to the story.
You can download Final Fantasy IX for $10.99, and it’s optimized for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad.