International Developer/Publisher Square Enix recently released Final Fantasy IX for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, as well as confirming the release dates for several other beloved titles from the franchise’s golden age.
Following the re-release of several Final Fantasy titles for PC and PS4, it seems Sqaure Enix are now looking to capitalise on their success and roll out these ports to all other major platforms. A move that will allow many more new adventurers to experience these stories for the first time, and allow many more grizzled JRPG veterans to fall in love with them all over again.
The version of Final Fantasy IX released for Xbox One and Switch last week is the exact same version already available for PS4 and PC, so players can expect higher resolution character models and high definition cut scenes, as well as the ability to toggle invincibility and play the game at 3x normal speed. Unfortunately this also means players can expect the infamous music bug, at least until it’s (hopefully) patched.
For those of you who aren’t aware, the music bug is a minor issue that’s affected a few Final Fantasy ports released in recent years. In the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remaster, player feedback led to it being patched out. After every battle, it causes the field music track to start from the beginning instead of resuming from where it left off. Some players find this frustrating as it means they have to listen to the same few seconds of the field music over and over again between random encounters.
In addition to the release of Final Fantasy IX, Square Enix have announced that the legendary Final Fantasy VII will finally be making its way to Xbox One and Switch on March 26th. Again this will be the same port already available for PS4 and PC – with all the updated cut scenes, character models, and game-breaking quirks.
That’s not all though. The Xbox One and Switch versions of the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be coming our way in April 2019, with Final Fantasy X/X-2 slated for release on April 26th and Final Fantasy XII expected April 30th.
Final Fantasy IX is out now for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch and is available for £16.99 on both Xbox Marketplace and Nintendo eShop.