The lights are on
Square Enix has adopted a mobile strategy that that has been slow to adapt to consumer expectations. As many publishers are pushing toward universal apps that work on all iOS devices, Square Enix has only recently moved away from multiple purchases. Prices have traditionally been low in the mobile space, but the company's titles (many of which are re-released classics) cost more than some Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network offerings. Worst of all, the most recent adaptation of the long-running RPG series was quite terrible.
It could be that Final Fantasy Tactics S, just announced in Japan as a free-to-play title, could take the company in a new direction for phones and tablets. The description doesn't offer much hope, though. According to a translation of the official website on FinalFantasy.net, players lead a clan in protecting the light of a crystal. There will be both single-player, social-based multiplayer content, and of course, lots of opportunities for real money purchases.
Adapting a turn-based strategy game to free-to-play model that is also profitable seems very difficult. However, given the races, jobs, and monsters borrowed from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, the protection elements, and the mention of clan leadership, this title does not actually feature the strategic play we're expecting. For example, a re-skinned Clash of Clans set in Ivalice would work, without completely abandoning strategic elements.
It's unknown whether Square Enix will bring Final Fantasy Tactics S to western shores. However, given the company's profit problems of late, it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see an attempt to capitalize on fans with open wallets. The official site (in Japanese) offers the opportunity to pre-register for the game.
[Source: Square Enix via Final Fantasy Network]
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After All the Bravest I can't get to excited for anything Square Enix does on mobile platforms
*Looks at own avatar* ...*cries*
Square Enix, I really wish you could recover from all the Japanese game fiascos you have created, but this type of stuff just sinks you deeper into the abyss that you are heading.
Square hasn't been in touch with customers for a very long time. I learned recently that the CEO of Square stepped down, and that it turns out, he had almost no experience with PLAYING games at all before taking the position all those years ago. He came from the accounting side of things.
When I heard that, it all made sense. A guy like that in charge of a game company makes about as much sense as a blind man specializing in fashion design. OF COURSE the games would suck and the company would put a cash grab over silly things like fun games.
I really hope whoever they replaced him with has got a clue, or that company will continue it's downward spiral despite the awesome talent and IP that company has in its stable.
Ugh! Just let me pay full price for the game. And by "the game", of course I mean Versus. Of course.
stop square enix, please just stop the mobile before you waste all of your money and tarnish your name past credibility.
I miss the Final Fantasy Tactics Advance games. And Crystal Chronicles.
Here's hoping the Nintendo-published Bravely Default, whenever it gets it's new western-friendly name, will fill the void for GOOD Square games. They are world class buttholes for not localizing that themselves.
Square really likes their microtransactions. Just so long as they stay over there in Japan.
There actually was a time, long ago, that a new Final Fantasy game was pretty much guaranteed to be an amazing new experience -- an instant classic. Unfortunately, when I hear about a new FF game now, I have to assume it is total crap until strong evidence suggests otherwise.
This is pathetic. Squeenix needs to stop re-releasing games (and then blaming the lack of new projects on the fact that people aren't buying the remakes enough---as in the case of Chrono Trigger) and just focus efforts on something fans WANT (or a NEW title). This has cash grab written all over, just like most of their re-releases. ....and Tactics is my favorite game of all time.
Hmm, that's sweet.
I sure hope this free to play adaptation of Final Fantasy Tactics makes it to western shores and elsewhere in the near future. ^_^