Final Fantasy VII Belongs On iOS And Android
With talks of Final Fantasy 7 heading to PC, we feel that mobile is a more logical destination.
Final Fantasy VII is the most popular entry in the celebrated Square Enix franchise for reasons that go beyond the game simply being enjoyable. Its characters and music have endured for more than 10 years, while its full motion video cut scenes represented a breakthrough in virtual storytelling, circa 1997.
That said, we were happy to see news of a PC release, complete with achievements, support for cloud saves and other features, leaving us to wonder if the powers that be intend to bring this iconic role-playing adventure to iOS and Android, the former, especially.
The decision to grace both platforms (iPad) with such an excellent title would be smart on Square Enix's part. Not only is FF7 beloved the world over, but the company has achieved success on mobile, porting a plethora of its games to smartphones and tablets, including Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy/Final Fantasy II, the superb Final Fantasy III DS reboot and Chrono Trigger, among others. The publisher even created a new intellectual property, Chaos Rings, with both games achieving critical acclaim. With this kind of star power, putting Final Fantasy VII on the App Store and Android Marketplace makes a lot of sense.
Not only that, but the aforementioned PC announcement points to a mobile release. Achievements (Game Center)? Cloud saves (iCloud)? It practically screams iPhone and iPad, and the fact that it's not an HD remake means Square Enix should have no trouble with the port.
Naturally, whether or not we'll play FF7 on mobile remains to be seen, but considering the millions of RPG fans out there, along with the insane number of smartphones and tablets purchased/activated on a daily basis, this is easy money. All we need is for Square Enix to flip the switch.