Square Enix Releasing Two New Mobile Titles
American mobile gamers will be getting some love from Square Enix soon...
In an announcement made by Square Enix today, two new titles drawing inspiration from some of the company's earlier PlayStation works will make their way onto mobile handsets in the US.
After attending the Game Developers Conference currently going on in San Francisco, Square Enix's President and COO, Ichiro Otobe, and Square Enix Producer Kosei Ito stopped by the offices of GameSpot in order to give a few minor details on the two games in development. Final Fantasy VII Snowboarding and Musashi: Mobile Samurai are the current titles of the new games, both due for release in the next two months, though a confirmation of which handsets they'll release on could not be specified at the time.
Final Fantasy VII Snowboarding will be a mostly direct port of the snowboarding minigame found in the Gold Saucer area of Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation, while the second title, Musashi: Mobile Samurai, is an action-oriented take on the upcoming PlayStation 2 action RPG, Musashi: Samurai Legend.
Both titles will feature 3D graphics similar in quality and style as those found in the recent mobile release, Kingdom Hearts, released by Disney Mobile.
As for the loyal US fans of the company who have been waiting so long for significant mobile game support from Square Enix, Otobe-san suggested that it will be a while yet before we see a true Final Fantasy phone game. "The mobile scene in the US is like that of Japan, [albeit] two or three years ago," he said. Ito-san (who spoke through a translator) seemed to suggest that the company will be looking closely at its US sales figures before committing to any future mobile projects.