Square Enix expresses interest in bringing ‘Final Fantasy VII’ to iOS and Android
Square Enix has expressed interest in developing Final Fantasy VII to the mobile gaming market, however the decision might depend on how well the J-RPG maker’s Legacy collection pans out. The Legacy collection has brought Final Fantasy’s I-V to Android and iOS, but this winter Square Enix is bringing the sixth game to mobile platforms–and the next step upwards is one of the most popular video games in the history of gaming.
In a recent interview with Kotaku, Square Enix director Takashi Tokita revealed a few details on the mobile release of Final Fantasy VI, and some interesting details about the possible future of the Legacy series itself.
The game won’t be an exact port of the 1994 original, but instead will feature a multitude of upgrades and visual enhancements found in the previous mobile re-makes.
“It is basically like a remake of the original VI,” Tokita affirmed. “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.”
If the Legacy series takes off within the gaming community, Square Enix might go further and adapt the hugely acclaimed Final Fantasy VII onto the mobile market, which would be a pretty big deal to gamers around the globe.
“We are aware that we have tons of VII fans,” Tokita said. “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.”
The specter of a possible HD remake of FFVII has been over the gaming world for quite some time, and an official confirmation of even a mobile adaptation would most likely rouse the attention of materia-users worldwide.
Nothing has been confirmed or made official at this point; Tokita just responded to an interview query and stated generally that the studio would like to re-visit the game sometime in the future as part of their Legacy collection. Tokita goes on to reveal that the next game in the Legacy series (after VI) will be Final Fantasy: The After Years–a 3-D re-make of the original Japanese mobile release.
The commercial success of the games may be inhibited by their somewhat hefty pricetags–some of which range up to $14.99), however the nostalgia is a great motivator for gamers and each title offers a unique experience into the magical realm of Square Enix’s definitive universe.