Final Fantasy Tactics S for Smartphones

April 25th, 2013 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has opened a new Japanese website and pre-registration for a new smartphone title called “Final Fantasy Tactics S”. This “social” game, something of a spinoff of the Ivalice Alliance, will feature designs originally created by Ryoma Ito. The game will also include races, jobs, and monsters featured in 2008′s Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift for the Nintendo DS.

Square Enix is partnering with mobage to bring the service to Japanese customers. According to Famitsu App, players will become a clan master charged with protecting the light of the crystal, and will square off against scores of monsters — there will be a social element of competition between your clan and others.

Currently, the game’s website lists support for iPhone and Android phones.

Follow the link here to view the website as well as the option to pre-register.

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  1. TheBadass says:

    At least the announcement of this game proves that SQEX haven’t abandoned the Ivalice Alliance series. There’s still some hope for more 3D games in the series being made like FFXII and Vagrant Story.

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind FFXV being set in Ivalice. :)

  2. Tony Garsow says:

    Well, some of these games like this and Crystal Defenders seem to be loosely based on Ivalice — something that Matsuno would not be needed for. Normally I wouldn’t have posted this, but since Square Enix seems to be localizing some of these types of games, I thought it was worth a heads up.

    Anyone here enjoy Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade and other games of that sort?

  3. AntagonistGB says:

    What happened to the new president promising no more social mobile phone games? I’m hesitantly excited, because I love the Tactics Advance games, but this really better not be another All the Bravest or Crystal Defenders…

  4. Surakian says:

    @AntagonistGB, that specific announcement was made before Wada announced his resignation. Also this seems to be something that has been in development for awhile so they probably made this long before the “no more social games” announcement.

    Looking at the end-year financial report, SE has been doing fantastic in the mobile game sector (7 billion yen or so, up 1 billion since last year) so I doubt we’ll see the mobile train die anytime soon.

    The only thing we can hope is that this game doesn’t play like the usual mobage crap and will be an actual tactics-like game.

  5. alexsam says:

    Seriously though, with all they have on their agenda right now, these sort of unnecessary titles shouldn’t even be seeing the light of day! I hope this is one of the last android or iOS titles they release all year! We’ve had 5 or 6 of these games but can’t even get a news report from Versus?! C’mon Square-Enix, be serious!

  6. Odine says:

    I hate the mobile social games, and I seriously think that the social mobile branch of FF is one of the things that is killing a little this fantastic serie. SQEX are overflowing the saga with games that has little or nothing interesting to provide to the clients: Theatrythm, bravely, crystals subsaga.. and the worst of those games, All the bravest.

    They try to catch the fans attention with those mediocre/bad games, and fans are getting tired or being cheated.

    It cannot be denied that mobile market are a rising market that all companies want to take profit, but SQEX should be doing games like the excelent Before Crisis or Lost Episode of Dirge of Cerberus better than that kind of crappy games.

    I consider also a mistake to include that in the Ivalice Alliance subsaga, with nothing interesting theme-wise to add to that sub-saga, and even less being it a smartphone game (smartphone games don’t have a worked story or nice cgi’s to show, so don’t expect anything decent from this game). It’s just another shitty game for moneymilking their customers wallets.

    Finsishing my opinion, i would also say that this logo is AWFUL.

  7. AntagonistGB says:

    Versus is basically a punchline now, much in the same way Duke Nukem Forever was for the longest time.

  8. UndeadNecroMage says:

    So much for placing less emphasis on social games. Way to bring Final Fantasy down to the level of Angry Birds. SE, I am disappointed.

  9. AntagonistGB says:

    @Odine
    Go actually watch a trailer for Bravely Default, and then come back here and say it’s a bad game. If anything, it’s probably the only worthwhile thing to come from the Final Fantasy franchise since Dissidia, and it doesn’t even have Final Fantasy in the title. It’s the only non-Kingdom Hearts Squeenix title I’m even remotely interested in at this point, since Versus is basically vaporware.

  10. TheBadass says:

    @Odine
    I see nothing wrong more Ivalice Alliance games being made, even if they are browser/social/mobile games. It shows that SQEX haven’t abandoned the Ivalice Alliance series and gives hope for another large-scale game in the series being made in the future for PS4/720/WiiU.

    This new game has made me optimistic for more Ivalice Alliance games in the future.

  11. Tony Garsow says:

    I don’t think the development or announcement of this title has any bearing on Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

  12. Surakian says:

    Guys, Square Enix has a mobile department separate from PDD1. If you want to complain about Versus, don’t blame the mobile games being made by a department independent of console game developments.

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  21. sonny says:

    If you have to pay to unlock character classes and weapons, then NO! FF: All the Bravest served as a terrible reminder that S-E is a shadow of it’s former self. Please, don’t do that to us again. Give us a game you have to use strategy (not money) to unlock (not pay) classes and battles.

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  24. AntagonistGB says:

    This still takes money and resources that could be better used elsewhere. If they downsized (or honestly even closed) the smartphone department and used the manpower on better projects, I think everyone would benefit.

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  27. AnimaMagna says:

    I was sad when I found out that Fortress had the cancelled. It looked as though it had potential. I sort of hope, like TheBadass, that this means more games in the Ivalice Alliance are coming. Here’s hoping.

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  31. Tony F. says:

    “FF: All the Bravest served as a terrible reminder that S-E is a shadow of it’s former self.”

    Meanwhile, Airborn Brigade works just fine… ¯\(°_o)/¯

    I know All the Bravest isn’t a great game, but I think people could lower their expectations about a simple app.

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  33. Tim says:

    Great, another bastardization of the tactics/final fantasy lineage through a mobile game. Honestly, the original final fantasy tactics was the best, with its dark story and solid mechanics/playability, Why they keep shoving this stuff out beats me, everyone I know who played it hated FFT Advance & A2 and only played them for the tactics style battle system (Which they ruined with laws, and the complete mockery of a story) and dropped them to go back to playing the original tactics again.

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