The lights are on
Update: Final Fantasy Dimensions is Square Enix's return to the classic RPG style of the 16-bit era, and it is out right now. Well, sort of. The prologue episode is available for free on iOS, but it doesn't appear to be out for Android yet. Also, if you had the whole day set aside to power through Dimensions, you may want to make other plans. The additional chapters beyond the prologue are not accessible yet.
Here's the description on the App Store explaining why all episodes, which were supposed to release alongside the prologue, are not available:
I'm playing the prologue right now, so stay tuned for my impressions later today.
Original Story: The good news is that the episodic Final Fantasy Dimensions is coming out for iOS and Android later this month around the world. Unfortunately,Square Enix may have misjudged how much users are willing to pay for the experience on mobile phones.
Final Fantasy Dimensions aims to provide a RPG experience more in line with the series' entries on SNES. However, like the Final Fantasy IV sequel The After Years, Dimensions is broken up into episodes to be purchased separately. According to a blog post from Square Enix, the pricing breaks down like this: "The prologue will be free for everyone to enjoy. You can purchase the first chapter for $2.99 / £1.99 / €2.39, chapters 2-4 for $9.99 / £6.99 / €7.99 each, or the entire collection of chapters for $28.99 / £19.99 / €22.99."
While I'm excited to play a new Final Fantasy in the old-school style, I can't help but wince at that price point. It may be in line with DS and Vita price points, but most gamers don't expect to pay that much for something they play on their phones.
You can see the latest batch of screens for Final Fantasy Dimensions below.
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If I'm getting a good amount of hours for a good final fantasy game, I don't mind the $30 price tag.
I'm not sure that I'd be willing to spend nearly $30 for a phone game even if it's a Final Fantasy in the 16-bit style. I love the idea, but the price-point seems a bit high for what it is.
It's SE... /expected.
At that price, you might as well just make it for DS or Vita, or put it in their respective online stores. I think most people are only willing to pay $5 at the most for a game on their phone.
hell I wasn't going to pay $15 for Chrono Trigger on my phone when if I truly wanted to can get it for $10 on PSN (or you know play any of the other 3 versions I have the game but the point is still there) Why would I pay $30 for this when I could spend a little more and get a 3DS or Vita game, hell at that price I'd rather get a PS3 game like Catherine that I have been waiting to play
I thought the title said Phone-Based Fire Emblem Releases... and I was so happy for a moment, now I'm super sad :L