The epic boy band road trip is about to hit your smartphone. Square Enix has just announced that Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, the cutesy version of the latest major installment to the beloved JRPG franchise, is just around the corner. But to keep you from fretting over missing the exact launch, the game developer is kicking off pre-registration for the mobile game. That is, presuming you’re on Android. iOS users will just have to keep their ears perked for the news.
After languishing in limbo for a decade, Final Fantasy XV, initially known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, finally launched to hungry Final Fantasy fans. Although there have been critics of its all-male cast, the drastic change in battle mechanics, and other nitpicks, the game was positively received at large. Naturally, Square Enix want to milk its newest cash cow for all it’s worth. And what better way to do that than with a mobile game.
While FF XV Pocket Edition is no mini-game, it isn’t a full blown, console-level port of the main title. While Square Enix promises that the mobile game will retell the same story as thw original, it will do so in a way fit for smartphones. That is, with casual pacing and touch-based controls. But perhaps the biggest change is the switch from nearly photorealistic, hi-res graphics to lower polycount and “chibi” models.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition will be adopting an unusual hybrid episodic approach. All 10 episodes will be immediately available at launch but you can choose to pay only for the episodes you want. The first episode will be available for free, episodes 2 and 3 for $0.99 and everything else for $3.99. If, however, you want to buy them all at once, the bundle will only cost you $13.99.
Android users can pre-register on Google Play Store to be informed when the game goes live. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition will be available on iPhones and iPads running iOS 11.1 or later and “select” Android devices running Android 5.0 or higher.
SOURCE: Square Enix