Square Enix Interested in Final Fantasy PC

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2014 - 02:40 AM |
Tagged: square enix, pc gaming, final fantasy

Update: Fixed a couple of points as per the comments.

Final Fantasy might be returning to the PC as its publisher, Square Enix, grows more interested in the platform. Final Fantasy VII and VIII were both available on the PC within a few months of their original PlayStation releases. Since then, Final Fantasy was basically non-existent on the platform, beyond the two MMO releases (XI and XIV).

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Within the last year, both titles were re-released on Steam to decent sales. Yoshinori Kitase, producer for the franchise, told Eurogamer that this popularity has grabbed their attention. He acknowledged that the developer does not have a lot of experience with creating a good PC experience, but they could be very interested in the future.

It's an early stage for us. We haven't got an awful lot of experience in this field. So when we have more know-how and experience in this market we would be very interested.

Kitase also noted that, by ignoring the PC platform, their games are completely off the table in several markets. He did not mention any markets by name, but China only recently reopened its borders to Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo after banning them in 2000. In Brazil, a PS4 launched at a little over 3x the US price, after converting into USD, because of tax and other distribution issues.

Also, while not mentioned in the article, Square Enix has been very active in porting their back-catalog to mobile platforms. This seems to be a time of re-evaluation for the company. While they have had recent troubles with projecting sales figures, mostly with Eidos releases, they have at least dodged Games for Windows Live in favor of Steam.

Also, ending with a pun, Final Fantasy VII supports Cloud Saves. Hehehe.

Source: Eurogamer
February 20, 2014 | 03:36 AM - Posted by renz (not verified)

isn't that FF9 also available on PC? then they go PS2 exclusive from FF10.

February 20, 2014 | 12:41 PM - Posted by Daniel Masterson (not verified)

FF IX was never released for PC.

February 20, 2014 | 03:44 AM - Posted by JohnGR (not verified)

Consoles are PCs now. It is just logical to take a completed game developed for the latest consoles and just throw it also in the PC market.

February 20, 2014 | 05:33 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No FF9 never got a PC release.

February 20, 2014 | 07:14 AM - Posted by mAxius

they need watch spooney's FF series critiques http://spoonyexperiment.com/game-reviews/final-fantasy-series/ and then clear up the narrative and remaster and release 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 with crisis core and everything from that universe ,8,9,10,12,13 i would be a buyer on steam even though i own some of the games on multiple platforms

February 20, 2014 | 11:52 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Good news as far as I am concerned. I own both 7 and 8 for the PC and plan on getting copies through Steam pretty soon. As for their mobile efforts, they need work. I'm leery of purchasing anything of theirs through Android as most reviews complain of crashes or not working.

February 20, 2014 | 12:15 PM - Posted by mAxius

i have all of them except 6 cause they did some weird shit with the battle menu's that i just could not get behind

February 20, 2014 | 01:30 PM - Posted by Goofus Maximus (not verified)

I still fire up my Final Fantasy VIII ISOs (complete with the scratches on my original discs) in ePSXe every now and then.

I prefer the emulator, since the PC version had that cheezy MIDI music that drove me up a wall. With Pete's OpenGL2 plugins (and the right GLSL shaders), the resolution of the 3D can rival that of the PC version in places...

February 21, 2014 | 02:39 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Fire up an emulator and you can play almost all the Final Fantasy games on PC. The first two that were remade for the GBA are among my favorites. Classic Final Fantasy.

February 21, 2014 | 01:46 PM - Posted by spartibus

FFVII does not support Steam cloud saves. Square-Enix made their own external cloud saving. FFVIII on the other hand, does utilize Steam cloud saving. Also, neither game was released "this year".

February 21, 2014 | 02:39 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Fixed the Steam cloud saving point and clarified that I meant "within the last 12 months". Thanks.

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