Final Fantasy IX Coming to PC & Smartphones




Square Enix has followed suit with the other reputable entries in their legendary franchise by announcing Final Fantasy IX for PC and smartphones, at last allowing dedicated RPG enthusiasts the ability to play on the go while possibly acquiring new fans in the process (the alternative narrative is that they are going butcher yet another title in their back catalog with a blasphemous rehash).

The game’s video announcement courtesy of its official website:

Details have yet to be divulged, including a release date.

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    Avatar of MARl0
    Comment by MARl0
    01:21 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gotta admit, this remaster looks surprisingly great. It's literally just cleaning up the resolution of the original, which already looked good to begin with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)


    Text will be gorgeous alright, characters are getting a slight increase in resolution (or a simple aliasing)...

    But they just applied a SNES-emulator-quality Super Eagle or HQ2X thing in the pre-rendered background. Looks like everything got a dirty brush treatment.

    The real bad part is that the same effect is also applied to the FMVs:

    So, it'll not be as good as anyone would want to... but still not nearly as bad as FFVI's treatment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Won't be long before modders hack the original textures in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    should re-release 8 on pc

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    They already did 2 years ago... It's on Steam.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF are you smoking? 8 and everything after 9
    sucked and was only for ADD kiddies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dagger(Dagger is better) & Eiko were such cuties. This being my first FF it has so much fond memories. Dat bahamut cutscene was crazy !!

    I never was able to finish the game sadly. My last disc wouldn't play no matter what I did and at the time I was never able to find another disc unless I bought the whole game again which was pretty pricey for a kid

    Think I'll get this again and finally finish the game to see the ending. All this time I never read spoilers or anything on how it ends so I'm in for quite a surprise. Wish this was an HD remake but oh well

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    Comment by Rya
    09:50 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Count yourself lucky, never get this final CD and enjoy your memory as it is. This is coming from someone who loves this game as well but the final part was so weak, it seemed to me that they were running out of time and/or money. It just doesn't hold up to the rest of the game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder will they fix the thunder slash glitch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:02 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Excalibur 2 here I come again!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Try doing a low level challenge.

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    Comment by Nick R
    18:03 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does this mean that SE finally understands that they've beat FFVII to death with all their Remakes, Spinoffs, and Lame-ass Cartoon Movies - (Advent Children)?

    Now they've turned their eyes to IX.
    I guess that means that SE has made it clear what they think about VIII.

    Doesn't look like they're doing anything special to this... Do we still have to play by switching out the discs? Or are we finally going to play all the way through with no interruptions? If anything it's about time they made that happen.

    I might regret saying this, but it'd be nice if VIII was given an upgrade that included voices and smoother graphics, but perhaps that's left out of the hands of SE as we have seen what they did with VII's "Remake".

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    One thing they really need to do is get rid of the pre-battle delay. I did a timed test at some point, and the average time before you finally had control of your characters was around 15 seconds. It doesn't sound like much until you consider the nature of frequent random battles in the game. That's as long as many modern games' zone load times.

    For comparison, FF7 was about 9-10s, FF6 about 5 seconds.

    Even compare Uematsu's battle music in this game compared to other FF games -- there's a very deliberate filler at the beginning.

    It's probably one of the biggest things that makes the game unbearable by modern standards -- having to sit there and watch dumb swirly effects and unnecessary camera panning just to get to the battle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, it's hard to complain since FFIX's battle theme is among the best of the series. Let me hear that A A A A A A G G forever. Much superior to VII/VIII/X's bullshit non-FF battle theme.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    @20:39 but people were complaining about graphic quality being low and now you said loading time is slow...

    I believe if you are playing games like RPG, there is no way to skip this loading time due to the vast amount of data per scene. But sometimes it can be the fault of the disc like malfunction or other issue because 15 secs seems too unnatural to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fifteen seconds!!!!!!!!! You're high.

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    Comment by Rya
    09:57 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just checked on a youtube video and he is indeed correct. It takes 15 seconds from normal map movement to battle command input.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:57 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm usually all for complaining about Square Enix, but if what they offer is another chance to see Garnet's glorious ass, I'm in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:12 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was sawing Fergie moved her butt muscle and became liked wow that's not possibility but she wouldn't pause and therefore learned teached lesson of the month was I like massive backside more then unsuable face with no purpose or hole of fun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:57 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is PSX Emulator?

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    Comment by Nick R
    18:13 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    ePSXe - PS1 For PC and Mac
    PCSX2 - PS2 For PC Only

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:13 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    dont forget linux.
    there are also other less picky emulators to choose from such as pcsx and psxeven (and others). epsxe requires a lot of configuration dependant on computer hardware that many users will find daunting. especially true for multi-cd games such as the final fantasy series, and game-specific hacks just to get them running properly at all.

    as for mac, most modern macs are powerful enough to run the windows version of ps1 emulators in wine just fine. same goes for linux actually. hell even this old pentium 4 machine i use runs epsxe in wine just fine (which i only did because some plugins arent available/arent as good in linux).

    that being said, i havent really kept up with playstation emulation for a while since using a flashed gameshark i can boot copies just fine on my old ps1 and have little interest in ps2 exclusive titles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:31 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tits a played station Ex with comparability of an emulator but only exclusive to that type.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the closest we will ever get to seeing an HD remake of this game. I simply adore the shit out of FFIX, so this makes somewhat happy. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    well FFIX is probably the most underrated FF out there and the last one of that kind so I guess it's a good thing.. if they at least put a little effort into it like giving texture a relooking from 60x60 to 120x120 (might have been 30x30 back then even though).. This just feel like epsx from 15 years ago :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:12 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly, I'm glad at least someone gets it. This game was impressive on the PSX and really showed what could be done with the old playstation.

    This new release on the other hand is just a pathetic stretched-out emulator looking mess. It actually makes the game look LESS impressive. It makes it look sad.

    I'll keep playing this on my original console and small CRT TV, thanks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:55 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its not a fucking HD remake, its a rerelease

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 02/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your point? It's still upscaled and it looks shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 01/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly this doesn't look that bad. They did a good job on cleaning up the FMVs. The 3D graphics don't look that bad especially if you can use AA for the PC. There's always ReShade though. I didn't really get that good of a look at the 2D pre-rendered backgrounds so that's up in the air for me. Overall I think it's an improvement, maybe even over using a current emulator. I'll just wait and see. I'm not holding my breathe considering it's SqEnix.

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