Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest.
1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project.
Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be taking money from consumers for this product. Square Enix told Kotaku it does not in any way condone the remake.
“We are aware of the Final Fantasy Mystic Quest HD Remake project, and can confirm that it is not a Square Enix project nor endorsed by Square Enix in any way,” the publisher said.
“We take the protection of our IP very seriously, and will be speaking with Dark Design Games to address this matter.”
Dark Design retorted by saying that Square Enix’s US representatives must have the wrong information, as Square Enix Europe is on board.
Square Enix again said no. It’s very unlikely that there’d be miscommunication between international branches of a publisher on a matter this weighty; Square Enix Europe can’t just independently license the Final Fantasy IP to random indies without approval from Japan and the US.
If you’ve handed over money to Dark Design, I strongly encourage you to ask for it back – cancel the transaction with your bank or credit card provider, if necessary. It’s possible this will all be sorted out, but we’re not betting on it.