Final Fantasy 7 hits iOS, Android could be next

by: Edgar CervantesAugust 20, 2015
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For many of us E3 2015 ended when Square Enix took the stage and announced Final Fantasy 7 was finally getting that HD remake we have been begging for many years. The same remake we were told time and again would never come. Nothing was going to beat this announcement! That still stands true for Final Fantasy 7 fans, but we did get another surprise from the RPG king – the original Final Fantasy 7 game was set to come to mobile.

Fast-forward a couple months and we find ourselves welcoming the most iconic Final Fantasy title to the mobile realms. The only bad news is it is not out for Android yet. Final Fantasy 7 has only been released for iOS so far. Why is this news piece even here? Well, for the same reason we even told you about this during the announcement. While the Android release hasn’t been 100% confirmed, Square Enix has been exceptional at bringing all its main titles to Android. Especially the ones which will make good money… and Final Fantasy 7 definitely will. 

By the way, we don’t only say that because the game will sell like hot pancakes. This title is also significantly expensive! Final Fantasy 7 is priced at a whopping $19.99 on iTunes, a cost that is higher than Square Enix’s already unreasonable $15-$17 price points. They know many of us will pay that cash, though. That’s where they get us!

If you don’t know Final Fantasy 7 by now? You really have some catching up to do. This game influenced a whole generation and boomed the Final Fantasy franchise success to the skies. So far up even the lifestream couldn’t stop it. It happens to be my personal favorite game of all times, and I know many of you are with me on that one. This is why I am worried about how you will feel about the next bit of news.

Square Enix, what did you just do?!

First and foremost, let me apologize about the words I typed last time I wrote about Final Fantasy 7. I told you this would be the same Final Fantasy 7 title we saw in 1997, ported and unadulterated; I was wrong. Square Enix changed one thing… one thing that may ruin your whole gaming experience.

The game comes with integrated cheating functionality. For starters, there will be an option to level up all your characters and give them max stats. But then why would you even want random battles? Don’t you worry, you can turn those off too!

To be honest, this shocked me more than when I saw Sephiroth’s Masamune pierce through you-know-who (actually… not really, but you get me). The battle system and leveling up is such an important part of Final Fantasy titles! Their level of difficulty and time consumption are what drives us to push through these challenges and spend months playing a single game. Why would you take that away from us?

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I understand that the story line is also a huge part of Final Fantasy 7. Furthermore, many of us have beat the game plenty times, so skipping through that whole grinding process may be a viable option. I just feel like the experience will be ruined for all new players. But then again, is this release even aimed at first-timers? It just upsets me that it’s now so easy to ruin the experience.

But hey, tell us your own thoughts on this release! Do you agree with me on the whole cheat pandemonium? Hopefully an Android release is around the corner. Not seeing Final Fantasy 7 hit our devices would be something else to rant about.

Alright, now you can go download the game on your iPad or iPhone, if you want!

Buy Final Fantasy 7 from iTunes
  • James LaSalle

    Awesomeness! Bring on the Android version!

    • Nate Sorensen

      Agreed!! I’m keeping a close eye on this.

  • This is the same version(with the cheat system) that we have on Steam. So this doesn’t surprise me. Can’t wait to see the Android release

    • Nate Sorensen

      I can’t either :/ my wife has ios, and she won’t let me play on her phone. I’m glad she is able to play though

  • Svnjay

    Integrated cheating? That’s horrible and removes all the fun of playing a RPG.

    • Other players can decide what’s fun for themselves. Your idea of fun might not be for everyone =)

      • Nate Sorensen

        Well said ;)

    • Nate Sorensen

      Not for everyone. Some people love the challenge, others want a chance to be able to experience these stories for themselves in their extremely bus lives. Not everyone loves grinding. The game makes a very good attempt at letting you know that it will alter the games mechanics and how it was intended to be played. My wife hates grinding games, but she is finally able to see what all of the fuss is about, and she loves the FF series now. She even may play the next game, or even replay this game without the cheats, so she can get the whole experience. I’m glad they are trying to bring in more of a gaming audience though, while still ensuring they don’t change what we love about the games. Only we can make that choice.

  • Jared Smith

    Who cares about the cheating thing? If you don’t like it then don’t turn it on I’ve beaten this game so many times that I would t mind a quick play through of just the story so I’ll probably do q run like that.

    • ukjb

      see that’s exactly why i never bought any of the android versions in the first place. i’ve beaten all the games so many times that i sometimes like to cheat just to play around and get through the no-so-exciting parts quicker and get to the good stuff. i can do that with emulators. now i can do it with ffvii whenever it comes out for android…

      • Nate Sorensen

        What? I think I’m missing what you’re throwing down

    • Nate Sorensen

      Like a boss. I had a friend who was like that. Loved the game so much they they tried over and over to get everything and see everything.

  • Christian Akkari

    I just recently got a bit into retro-gaming, (finished Terranigma and working through Earthbound) if not for being able to use those kind of cheats I seriously doubt I’d be able to finish these kind of games. (time constraints of the adult life) I like to enjoy the art, music and writing of old school titles, and although gameplay is affected you can still enjoy it, these games didn’t have easy mode, and difficulty in older Japanese games do have a steep learning curve.

    • Nate Sorensen

      Very good point. There are some people who want to be able to play these games in between taking care if the kids, or meetings, or while waiting for a flight. Makes it perfect for them to adore the stories we all love too.

  • Peerpressure

    i am so excited. I have always wanted to play FFVII, but never had the time to get the PS1 out to play. Woohoo, now I can just get it on iPad, which is where I played FFI and FFIV.

    And cheats have their place. I’m currently playing FFX on PCSX2 on my PC, and I have a few cheats enabled there. Nothing like max stats (except for blitzball; i win anyway, so why not max the stats?) but unlimited items and gil allow me to bypass the part of the game I didn’t like. If someone wants to play VII like this, I think it’s great that Square Enix is letting you do it in-game. If you don’t like it, don’t enable it.

    • Nate Sorensen

      That is exactly how I am playing 9. I am super sad that I don’t get to play 7 though :( i desperately want to play it again, without cheats too ;)

  • Johan

    Wow, the cheating option sucks…
    I guess I will play it on an emulator instead.

    • Peerpressure

      You don’t HAVE to have the cheats on. And emulators have their own cheats available.

      • Johan

        I guess…
        I always hated that about emulators as well though.
        I wish there could be emulators that are just very basic.
        No cheats.
        No speeding up or down.
        No saving where you were not originally intended to.
        Maybe an “add-on” system could work. Where you install modules for the functions that you want/need.
        That would make it more available to more developers as well.

        • ukjb

          i’m really unsure why an optional feature that one does not have to use is a drawback to a game/platform… it’d be different if it were a multiplayer game and your friends were cheating… but in this scenario, the only person you are cheating is yourself…

          • Johan

            I guess that I see it as a slippery slope.
            I do not like mods for games either, because the games are then just templates.
            If that becomes a standard, then why should developers even care about the quality of the game? Seeing as you can just “fix it” in any way you want.
            It is bad enough that almost all of them are now releasing half finished products, because they know that they can just patch it post release.
            Should we do that for them now as well?
            With optional chests, you are setting a balance that should be the developers job in the first place.
            At what point should just start paying for concepts and then make the games ourselves?
            I want a complete product that is made with a professional artistic vision, not a colouring book for me to fill.

          • ukjb

            While I agree with almost everything you said, I think it’s different for a 10+ yr old game who’s only customers (most of thrm any way) are people who have played and beaten the game already.

          • Nate Sorensen

            That is true for me, I haven’t beaten 9 yet, never had the chance, but I haven’t even tried to touch the cheats yet. They’re not exactly exiting at all. They make a good point to make you aware it will drastically change the feel of the game, so I won’t do it at all. I can see the other side too though

          • Nate Sorensen

            I agree with that in a way. In another way, I think that this option in these games may in fact be apart of the slippery slope already being invented. Such as the lego games give everyone the option to have cheats on.

          • Nate Sorensen

            I don’t know. If I were to play 8 again, I wouldn’t mind being able to rush through it to enjoy the story instead of the massive grind that I have already done. I understand that is not for everyone though, but they do a good job at making the player well aware that of you turn those on, they are on for good.. so choose wisely. So they believe you are potentially ruining the experience for yourself as well imo

      • Nate Sorensen

        Some of them have even more cheat options

    • Zack

      If it wasn’t for cheating,things like the DEBUG ROOM (?) wouldn’t have been discovered.

      • Nate Sorensen

        I’m one if those people who believes that there are tons if people who loved the game shark, but just because it was there doesn’t mean everyone used it. ;)

    • Nate Sorensen

      Just some info if you want it. They have some videos on YouTube that show you how awesome the controls and game function. The cheating option is just that, an option. It’s in the main menu, buried away ad not to tempt you. When you do turn them on, there is no turning them off. That aside, the controls of these games are far more superior to the emulators they have for these phones. Each of the menus in 9 are touch screen, and the joystick can pop up anywhere so it doesn’t stay in the way. If you don’t want to use it, play the game like an RTS. I played on both platforms, they are worth the money imo, and I haven’t been tempted to use the cheat buttons once. Hopefully you are able to enjoy it either way ;)

  • Richard Couillard

    SE makes me not want to give them money. First their horrible time making an English version of Advent Children then iOS before Android. I love supporting developers but its too damn easy to pirate things before they allow you to buy it.

    • Nate Sorensen

      They seemed to have a rough patch there, but they seem to be pulling themselves together quite nicely imo.

  • xPlay

    Honestly, I like that option. It doesn’t ruin the experience, as you don’t HAVE to take that route. You aren’t FORCED to do it.

    But it’s there for people who want to enjoy the story aspect without the wandering around and leveling up to get past certain points just because your characters aren’t up to par for the next cutscene.

    It gives the PLAYER that freedom to CHOOSE whether they want to have the full experience, or sit back and enjoy the story since 1997 without the random battles getting in their way.

    It makes sense and is a FANTASTIC mechanic. Thank you, Square Enix. I just might not be buying Final Fantasy 7 again, thanks to the fanboys. Off to finish Final Fantasy 2, now. Firion and Maria need to work on their stats a bit more. Later!

    • Justin Merithew

      Yeah, given that it’s totally optional I almost see it as their way of allowing you to transfer your old save. For people who have beaten the PS1 version countless times they may not want to go through the grind again, and this will allow them to plow through the story to get to the harder endgame stuff.

  • For the amount of development time it takes to make these games, I don’t see how this price point is unreasonable at all. We can’t fairly compare the price to a full console length game to Angry Birds, they’re different markets. For the amount of effort this took, it was probably a price in this region, have a half assed port or not do it at all

    • Nate Sorensen

      I very happily payed the money because those people work very hardand deserve something for bringing everyone some of the games they never had a chance to finish, only now there is no excuse for not finishing ;P

  • Mayoo

    “Square Enix changed one thing… one thing that may ruin your whole gaming experience.”

    They fixed the W-Item glitch! haha

    • xPlay

      They replaced Cloud with a LESS BROODY character!

      • Nate Sorensen

        Like they did with lex Luther in BVS? ;)

    • Nate Sorensen

      Life comes with a choice to cheat button, and people seem to be enjoying their lives quite successfully so far :P if people choose to cheat, they are only helping or hurting themselves. The choice is always for people who never got to focus on just the story, but they could have just made it a permanent aspect, and that let’s me enjoy the game the way that I want to play ;)

  • akall_luy

    Apple wins! Ios always get games way before android haha suckers! U know why cuz apple is BETTER then lagdroid i always see them andeoid fanboys begging for ios games to come to android lmao.

    • no one cares you silly child

    • madcanada

      Kid, this game was available on Android through emulators for years. Please forgive me for not caring about iOS while I play FF7: Crisis Core on my Galaxy.

      • Zack

        REKT,LOL

      • Adam Stevens

        Piracy is a lot more prevalent on android, which is exactly the point you’re making and EXACTLY why the majority of top developers prefer iOS and keep bringing great ports and originals (many of which won’t ever see the light of day on android) .. Why should they spend all that time and effort when over half the android community will end up stealing their hard work and playing for free?

        • madcanada

          which piracy are you talking about? I own both PSone and PSP games, emulating them on any system in not illegal, that was decided in 90s. I also don’t think piracy is a big issue. The reason Appstore has more games than Playstore is that iPhone came out quite a time earlier, and a lot of developers stuck to it. Apple also has an incentive program for exclusives, that’s another explanation. I found care less about iOS vs Android arguments, when Apple software catches up to Android we’ll see. Hail Cyanogenmod.

        • madcanada

          couldn’t* not found lol

        • Eddie Ray Iler

          Piracy isn’t that prevalent really. Roots happen pretty commonly though. But ios is far easier to jail break than Android (kit Kat and newer) is to root. Android runs with an open source mentality. That appeals to people who want freedom without having a big bank account. The choice of hardware is also a downfall for Apple. Android is affordable and comes in many many options. Want something cheap but don’t need the power house? Android has that. Want something powerful and have the money? Android has that too. The Android market itself is one built on competition at least hardware wise while ios owns their own marketplace hardware wise. The result? Ios devices match top Android devices and may better them slightly. But they are locked down and the choices are minimal.

          Also even cheap Android for 60$ now have dual-core and quad-core processors 8-16 gb Rom and 1-2 gb ram.

          Those are what you call stable devices especially with kit Kat or newer on them. Did I also mention that lollipop is superior to Ios? Cuz it is.

          • Adam Stevens

            “. But ios is far easier to jail break than Android”

            Um, No it’s not! .. The vast majority of iOS devices are running iOS 9 (or 8) and there are no jailbreaks available for either OS release. It might have been easy to jailbreak an older iOS device but there haven’t been any jailbreaks available for iOS for years.

            As for “choices being minimal” on iOS — I disagree. Computers are only as good as the software that runs on them and there is a vastly superior selection on iOS. If I want to turn my iPad into a recording studio, for example, I have options from developers like Native Instruments, Moog, Korg, etc .. On android: not so much.

        • Dr. Jesus

          Piracy is just as likely on either. JB or rooted, same difference. The “top developers prefer IOS” schtick is played out, and only true as far as *PAID APPS*. For which the market is dead. Paid app structure for a mobile gaming company is unsustainable at current. This is why games that you hear about, that do extremely well, are like Angry Birds (ad supported), or Summoners War (Gambling addiction/f2p). When you look at even a GREAT and WELL KNOWN company like Square in the Appstore or Play Store, you see that their amazing games aren’t doing well. And yes, you can bring up the fact that millions of people were dumb enough to purchase goat simulator if you want. I have first hand experience with these, and have sat through so many mobile game developer conferences I could make you puke by repeating it all.

    • xPlay

      inhale my dong enragement child

    • -Gun]-[anS-

      Awww what did the naughty android fanboys do to you? Shush, don’t cry now.

      • Nate Sorensen

        The naughty android fan boys? Android does have a fan boy base, we just have users who appreciate the ability to use their phones as they see fit. I’m not going to go buy an android pencil for a few hundred dollars and spend the next 10 years convincing myself I got it for higher scale engineering/drafting/or that big screenplay you have to be seen writing in that local coffee shop. They are both amazing systems, and acting like a prude on one side or the other is useless because they are tools and they are amazing on several different levels. Getting off of your pretentious high horse and opening up your mind to everything else that’s out there will alloy you to enjoy more than your beard and those heavy rimmed glasses. My wife and I both love both of the phones, thatd why she has an apple, and I have an android. We both don’t sit there and act lIke there are sides, or that either handheld electronic is “far superior man” than the other.

      • Nate Sorensen

        I miss understood the situation and read it wrong. Deletimed my comment and staying out if it ;)

    • Omar Ben Sassi

      before saying thing like kid or ignorant search for the reason before lol….
      they did that in ios not because ios is better… first because with android we can have the game free when you just download apk + data and this thing don’t help square enix to earn lot of money from this title this is why they made it to IOS first and like they said we played ff7 in android with emulator loooong time before ………you are retarded lol

      • Adam Stevens

        Exactly.. Piracy completely killed the indie and AAA development scene on android … Android fanboys have this entitlement attitude, where they think everything should be for free. (just look at the app store $$ comparisons on each platform – iOS users reward developers with literally billions more than devs get on android. ) …

        I’m not going to bash someone who downloads something as a means to try before they buy – I’ve done it myself. Thanks to all the gamers who support developers on iOS though, we end up having a vastly superior library of games and apps available to us. And these platforms are only as good as the games and apps that run on them, so by that measure, iOS is by far the #1 platform.

    • Eddie Ray Iler

      Lol who cares? Apple isn’t necessarily better. Less options and far more simplistic but better? Lol good one. Make that argument when you can develop for and get half the apps on appstore for free without jail breaking the device.

    • Nate Sorensen

      What? People on android are able to play pretty much every game ever created below the Xbox 360 or ps3. I often play nintendo 64 games on my S5 emulator. Never had it lag. My wife also has the newest apple, and constantly whines about all of the freedoms I have with my phone. Never had any kind of virus, payed 1/4th of the price, yet I still advocate how amazing both apple and android are for whatever the user needs their phone for.

  • Rahomnisiel Nightshade

    Bring Final Fantasy 8 to Android please.

    • xPlay

      this, along with Final Fantasy 9, please.

      • Nate Sorensen

        They have 9 for android! :) I’m playing it right now. It’s so fun! You should take a look ;)

      • Rahomnisiel Nightshade

        And FF 10 ?

    • madcanada

      epsxe, everything is already there

      • Nate Sorensen

        I like that, but it always freezes, plus the controls they are doing for 9 so far, are amazing. It’s all touch screen with the ability to touch anywhere and an analog joystick to show up so you can use it anywhere whenever, so you’re never blocking anything ;)

    • Nate Sorensen

      True… story… I want to get the lionheart right away in the palm of my hand, and just enjoy the story all of the way through

  • Zack

    At least avoiding battles will give us the chance to do a low-level speedrun. That’s the only good thing i can come up with lol.

    • Nate Sorensen

      I like the choice to avoid battles when they start to become far too difficult, and I need to be able to go back. Or being able to explore without worrying, and finally be able to get amazing stuff that I could never get before because I didn’t have the time.

  • Борис Смыслов

    Hey, it is all in your hands. If you don’t want to ruin your experience – don’t ruin it! It is just like blaming a cookie store for your own obesity. As for the price… As soon as it is on Android I am buying it even if it would be $30

    • Nate Sorensen

      I couldn’t agree more. The people who blame the game designers, are the same people who blame McDonald’s for making people fat. You wouldn’t see those people blaming farmers if they lose 100 lbs while dieting and excersizing.

  • kerry boardman

    Square is out to ultimately ruin the final fantasy franchise.

    • Nate Sorensen

      How?

  • Matthew Uniack

    Any sign on this still coming to android? Waiting months, I know we can emulate but that’s not the point.

    • Nate Sorensen

      I adore FFVII, FFXIII, and FFX. However, I could never bring myself to play FFIX and I could never really figure out why. I purchased FFIX and I have been having a blast. I enjoy it more than playing VII or VIII because of how simple and unique it now is. I can play it anywhere I want, whenever I want, and I cannot wait for that to come to VII and VIII, maybe even X! I am extremely busy most of the time and I hope that there are concrete plans to bring the rest of my favorites to our fingertips in the same easy to use and reach fashion.

      N8

  • Mascondante

    7 months and still waiting. I guess they shifted their focus to getting FFIX out on mobile in time for 15th anniversary.