Square Enix capped off 2015 by announcing that they would be releasing Final Fantasy IX mobile and PC versions. And much to our delight, those early reports suggested that the new mobile and PC port of Final Fantasy IX would not be a quick and dirty job as high quality graphics, auto-save, high-speed mode, achievements and other modern accoutrements would be added to the game. The only question looming of the Final Fantasy IX for mobile news was: WHEN will we be able to play it?
Today, we are happy to tell you that a preview video / live stream of Final Fantasy IX for mobile and PC posted by Square Enix gives us clues as to when we will be playing the classic RPG. Watch the video below.
For those of you who aren’t fluent in Japanese, here’s what you need to know about the Final Fantasy IX mobile and PC port: the port of the game is totally complete and is ready to sell on the App Store.
That’s really the most important piece of information the video provides us with. The rest of the video includes a lot of commentary on how the various systems in the game works, how much faster it will load, as well as how much better looking it is to the original PlayStation release.
Some other interesting bits include the interface being totally redone to support touch screens and the game features iCloud support for save game syncing.
As far as we can tell, the only thing that’s keeping Final Fantasy IX from your mobile device right now is the language barrier. Re-translating the game will likely take some time, so please be patient. That said, the game will likely launch in Japan before it’s made available globally.
Then again, Final Fantasy VII and most of the Final Fantasy mobile games have been launched globally at roughly the same time. So it still possible that we could be playing Final Fantasy IX remade for iOS devices as early as next week, provided you have $15.99 to spend on a mobile RPG.