Posted By Shaun K. about 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Following on the heels of Final Fantasy V being released for mobile devices earlier this year, what is inarguably one of the greatest RPGs of all time will be coming to iOS and Android devices sometime this winter as well. I am of course talking about Final Fantasy VI (aka Final Fantasy III as it was originally known in North America). Just like FFV, this will not be a straight port of the game either. To begin with, while FFVI will retain the 2D graphics of its original release, they will be cleaned up and enhanced in a similar fashion as to what was done for FFV for its recent re-release. For those not familiar with this release, be sure to check out the below trailer to get an idea of what to expect.
In an interview with Kotaku, long-time Square director and producer Takashi TokitaTo revealed that, “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 VI will 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.” Considering how many hours I wasted on grinding in FFVI back in the day I thoroughly approve of this change.
Not content to let things lie there, Tokita also discussed the possibility of a mobile port/remake for Final Fantasy VII as well. “We are aware that we have tons of VII fans,” he noted. “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.” I have to admit that if, after all these years of endless requests by fans to remake Final Fantasy VII, Square Enix finally did so but only for mobile platforms I would laugh my ass off. Then again, I am giant troll, as we all very well know.
Moving on, it remains unclear at this time if FFVI will be released in just Japan this Winter or in international territories as well. Keep in mind that the 3D remake of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is already set to debut on iOS and Android in North America and Europe sometime this winter as well. So it would not surprise me to see VI held back until, say, Spring or even Summer. Still, I have no doubt it is only a question of “when” and not “if” regarding the mobile FFVI remake getting localized, just as I am equally certain it will be exorbitantly priced when compared to most other mobile game. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of this and other gaming news and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.