Final Fantasy Dimensions
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.