Square Enix, what are you doing to me? I had enough to contend with the release of Dying Light: The Following, Unravel, X-COM 2, [Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4](tag:3755113) and Black Ops 3: Awakening all within a matter of days. Now you release Final Fantasy 9, arguably one of the best games in the franchise, on iOS and Android devices without telling anyone?! THERE AREN'T ENOUGH HOURS!
So yeah, Square Enix randomly released a port of Final Fantasy 9 for mobile devices on Tuesday, just like that. We were aware that the game was set to release on PC this month, but this is quite the surprise. But what's even more of a surprise is how the Final Fantasy 7 Remake can learn from it.
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Needs To Watch & Learn From Final Fantasy 9 On iOS & Android
Okay, you may be wondering what a complete remake of Final Fantasy 7 has to do with a simple port of Final Fantasy 9. Well, let me explain. Do you recall the Final Fantasy 7 port we received a few months ago? Well Final Fantasy 9 puts it to shame. Square Enix achieved something beautiful with this release.
When you play Final Fantasy 9 on iOS or Android systems, you're likely to be taken aback by how appropriate it feels. Rather than simply squishing an incredible RPG onto a phone, Square Enix have taken their time to make it feel as if this game was intended for mobile devices. It's at home on iOS and Android and I've missed several stops on the Underground because of it.
We haven't played the game for long enought to truly review the title, but Final Fantasy 9 has made a remarkable impression. It looks beautiful, it plays brilliantly, and there's something so satisfying about experiencing an RPG of this quality on a crowded train. The same satisfaction needs to be derived from the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
When Square Enix finally release Final Fantasy 7 on PS4 and XBOX One in its episodic form, I don't want to be distracted by its format. I want to be able to fluidly engage with the game without the episodic nature of the title or its performance on next gen hardware getting in the way. It needs to feel like the game was originally developed for these consoles.
We're thoroughly enjoying our time with Final Fantasy 9 on iOS and Android and it makes us hopeful for the mountain of products that Square Enix are releasing in 2016, like [Hitman (2016)](tag:3677378), [Deus Ex: Mankind Divided](tag:3677367), Final Fantasy 15 and more!