The year of the Final Fantasy started its first salvo.
Square Enix's mobile game Mobius Final Fantasy is coming to PC via Steam on February 6, 2017. One day later, the game will have a special crossover event with the much-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Mobius Final Fantasy was released on August 2016 for iOS and Android phones. It is a free-to-play game featuring the Warrior of Light, a man who wakes up with amnesia in the strange world of Palamecia. The game features gameplay elements from Final Fantasy including leveling, world exploration, turn-based combat, and job system. Signature Final Fantasy theme such as "light versus dark" was also present.
The mobile game drew praise for its outstanding graphics for a mobile game. Square Enix announced that the game will look even better on PC. According to project leader Naoki Hamaguchi, the PC port will allow players to enjoy a high-res game without worrying about "saving power."
Aside from not needing to compress assets to shrink data size for mobile use, Naoki said that "players will be able to enjoy the game in extremely high quality in the realm of 60fps to 120fps. Another feature worth mentioning is that we will also support 4K resolution. Players will be able to enjoy a much richer experience that differs from mobile devices, something closer to a console experience."
Another feature for the PC port is the ability to transfer game data from mobile to PC and vice-versa. This means players can save and resume their progress from one platform to another.
But the icing on the announcement cake is the game's crossover with Final Fantasy VII remake. Mobius Final Fantasy was created by producer Yoshinori Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima. Coincidentally, the duo worked together on the original Final Fantasy VII and are now with the planned remake.
More good news for fans: they can experience the world of Final Fantasy Remake through the collaboration. Naoki said they "received 3D resources from Final Fantasy Remake, which is currently under development, including Cloud, Guard Scorpion, and the Mako Reactor, which we then set up to fit within Mobius Final Fantasy."
As for Final Fantasy VII Remake, the game is still in development with plans to be released in episodes, with each as big as a full game. Aside from Square Enix's announcement trailer, no recent details about the game's progress have been released. Fans are hoping for a release this 2017, which coincides with Final Fantasy's 30th anniversary.