We knew they were coming but a surprise announcement at the recent Nintendo Direct confirmed that Final Fantasy IX was arriving immediately! Not just on the Switch but also Xbox One and Windows 10 through Xbox Play Anywhere.
Final Fantasy IX is set in the world of Alexandria and tells the story of Zidane, a member of the Tantalus Theatre Troupe who plan to kidnap the princess and heir to the throne, Garnet Til Alexandros XVII. Little do they know, she was planning to run away – and request a much easier to remember name – from her mother, Queen Brahne.
Their tale takes them on a tour of the world as they uncover the truth behind Queen Brahne and her plans, whilst teaming up with one of the best supporting case that Final Fantasy has ever seen.
This isn’t just a simple port of the original PlayStation game though; some new features have made their way to the Xbox One. Character models and cutscenes are now in full HD, there is an autosave feature so you don’t need to wait until the next Moogle shows up before saving and there are now 7 boosters to enhance your game. These can speed the game up, eradicate the random encounters, increase attack damage, max out Gil and more!
But this still remains faithful to the original version of the game that launched back in 2000 and all other features remain including the Trance gauge, item synthesis and the card game Tetra Master.
Final Fantasy IX is available to download from the Xbox Store right now priced at £16.99 and is boosted by the fact it features Xbox Play Anywhere capabilities. If this one doesn’t sound up your street then fear not, as Final Fantasy VII was also confirmed to be coming to Xbox One on 26th March. It’s going to be a busy few months for Final Fantasy fans.
Description Selling over five million copies since its release in 2000, FINAL FANTASY IX proudly returns on Xbox One and PC! Experience the adventure once again with characters and pre-rendered movies featured in high definition, as well as a new booster system with a selection of various modes such as “high speed” or “no encounters”! ■Story Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexandria. To their surprise, however, the princess herself yearned to escape the castle. Through a series of unusual circumstances, she and her personal guard, Steiner, fall in with Zidane and set out on an incredible journey. Meeting unforgettable characters like Vivi and Quina along the way, they learn about themselves, the secrets of the Crystal, and a malevolent force that threatens to destroy their world. ■Gameplay Features ・Abilities Learn new abilities by equipping items. When fully mastered, these abilities can be used even without equipping items, allowing for nearly endless customization options. ・Trance Fill your Trance gauge as you sustain hits in battle. When fully charged, your characters will enter Trance mode, granting them powerful new skills! ・Synthesis Never let items go to waste. Combine two items or pieces of equipment together and make better, stronger items! ・Minigames Whether it’s Chocobo Hot and Cold, Jump Rope, or Tetra Master, there are plenty of minigames to enjoy when you’re not off saving the world. You can even earn special item rewards!