Posted By Nobunaga about 9 months, 2 weeks ago
“The revolution will be televised” indeed! In an announcement that’s shocked many across the industry, Square Enix and the company that will build the new AndroidOS-based Console “OUYA” have both announced that they will be bringing the “Missing Gem” of the Final Fantasy line to North America exclusively for the OUYA console. Final Fantasy 3 (as it was called in Japan) was only ever released as a revamped 3D title on the Nintendo DS back in 2006, but now gamers that will participate against this “revolution in gaming” will be able to play the exclusive title.
But it won’t be a straight-up port of the classic title. When it arrives on the OUYA, Final Fantasy III will come with up-to-date visuals thanks to the console’s HD capabilities. In addition, the game will include a free demo, giving those new to the franchise a chance to see if they want in on the action. It would normally be mind-blowing to see a company like Square Enix embracing a “Free to Play” or even a “Free to Try” model, but considering Square Enix’s last few years making games for Android and iOS devices, in the end perhaps this move should have been seen coming…
But in the end, this news brings something even greater than another pure and uncorrected Final Fantasy title to our living rooms… it provides the world with a sign that indeed this “Revolution” in gaming will be supported by the industry itself. Square Enix is one of the world’s largest and most well know gaming companies, and to see it throw it’s massive weight behind an indie-developed console that won’t even complete it’s Kickstarter campaign until Aug 9th, is surprising. But certainly not unwelcome. Market analysts are now claiming it’s only a matter of time before others follow Square Enix’s lead… and considering the company’s effect years ago on the number of PS3 sales, I’m going to wager this was the bump the Ouya needed.
Not even a week ago OUYA announced it will also feature the OnLive video game streaming service, essentially meaning you’ll be able to play near any game, from any console, on your OUYA. An indie-built $99 console running the AndroidOS. A console that from a hardware standpoint has the capacity to compete with next-gen consoles, and a feature list rich in what console gamers love… and most importantly (for some), no motion controls. Yet.
The OUYA is being touted as a very hackable system, in fact many of the Kickstarter backer-perks deal with hardware development kits. I suspect that within a week of launch we’ll see fan creations of devices, Kinects, Moves, WiiMotes and custom designed hardware… and all available for cheap because they’re made by gamers, for gamers. If a company tries to release a product for the console that’s too expensive, another company can simply produce the product for cheaper…
At least, that’s the theory.
As a backer of the Kickstarter project, and a “Former Console Gamer”, I eagerly await the torrent of news regarding the Ouya in the company months… this machine is turning out to be the real deal. It’s broken Kickstarter’s records… but will it break through the industry’s iron-clad defenses and into our homes with all it’s promises intact? Lets hear your thoughts. Is the Revolution coming?