While Final Fantasy XV was a no-show at E3 2015, Final Fantasy fans still have plenty to be happy about. The announcement of a Final Fantasy VII Remake answered the hopes and dreams of many Final Fantasy fans, and now all they have to do is wait.
Thankfully, there’s another version of Final Fantasy VII on its way that might be able to help gamers conveniently re-experience the original while on the run. Square Enix has announced that a port of Final Fantasy VII is under development for iOS devices.
Square Enix executive Shinji Hashimoto announced the iOS port during the Square Enix E3 conference, while also discussing the progress on the Final Fantasy VII PS4 port. While the PS4 port of the game has been delayed until Winter of this year, no release date has been announced yet for the iOS port, nor a price. Similarly to the Final Fantasy VII Remake only being announced for the PlayStation 4, no mention has yet been made of whether the mobile port of the original Final Fantasy VII will ever be available on Android systems.
Final Fantasy VII is following in the footsteps of Final Fantasy I–VI, which have been released for mobile phones and tablets, as well as Final Fantasy XIII, which can be streamed to mobile devices. While this announcement is strictly referring to a port of the original game with no additional content included, being able to play Final Fantasy VII on the go on either an iPhone or iPad should be fun for gamers. While not knowing when the port nor the Final Fantasy VII Remake are scheduled to be released could be frustrating for fans, it’s reasonable to believe Square Enix will release the port first, especially since the port is making its way to PS4 and is already on Steam for PCs.
If Final Fantasy VII fans have proven anything about themselves, it’s that they’re determined and patient. The Final Fantasy VII iOS game will surely help to whet the appetite of gamers who’ve never played the classic Final Fantasy VII and are looking forward to the remake, as well as those who haven’t played the game in many years.
The release date of Final Fantasy VII for iOS is TBA.