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Customers “content” with Square Enix’s mobile pricing

Thursday, 10th October 2013 05:47 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Consuemrs are happy with square Enix’s mobile pricing decisions, Legacy Final Fantasy collection director Takashi Tokita has said.

The developer told Polygon that those who’ve played the mobile ports are satisfied, and feel they’ve had value for money.

“In the beginning we did receive some concerns about the pricing, but customers have played it and saw the value and have been content with the pricing,” he said.

The price is justified, he added, because the mobile versions aren’t diluted in any way; they have all the content and gameplay of the console originals and re-releases.

Tokita explained that unlike PlayStation Network re-releases, mobile versions of Final Fantasy games aren’t just direct ports of older releases. Each takes around one year to develop, implementing touch controls and adjusting for a smaller screen, and adding a “new polish on the graphics”.

“The PlayStation Network versions aren’t upscaled versions; they are basically migrations from the older system. The new Final Fantasies we are releasing form the mobile phones are better in graphics, and a lot of work has gone into them to make them a pleasant experience,” he said.

The director said that games like Final Fantasy 7 and beyond are less likely to come to mobile because they would require much more work – but as Steph noted earlier, it’s not totally off the cards.

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5 Comments

  1. macronia

    I am not happy , 18 dollars is way too much , i would be happy if it is 10 dollars at most

    #1 1 year ago
  2. pcbros

    Pricing has prevented me from buying any of their games.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Knyte

    I agree. When I am scrolling through games in the mobile store and every thing is FREE or .99, the way more expensive Square games stand out like a sore thumb.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. salarta

    Tokita, the same guy that made FF4:TA, a pseudo-”sequel” built on nickel-and-diming tactics that took a decent premise and cast of characters and used them to lazily recycle nearly all the story elements of FF4, while smacking the original in the face anywhere they didn’t do lazy recycling.

    When Squeenix says consumers are content here, what he really means is that the diehard fanboys and fangirls that feel like they need to buy everything Squeenix are content with the pricing. And that’s no surprise, because that’s what fanboys and fangirls do. They accept insulting and exploitative actions because they believe it’s a sign of their passion for the company and its products to accept such behavior.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Pitts

    “Each takes around one year to develop, implementing touch controls and adjusting for a smaller screen, and adding a ‘new polish on the graphics’.”

    GTA: Vice City for my phone was optimized with touch screen controls and adjusted for a smaller screen, and it looks just as good as it did on PS2.

    And I only paid five bucks for that.

    #5 1 year ago

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