Square Enix to release Final Fantasy Dimensions on August 30 for $29 (yes, twenty nine dollars)

August 25, 2012
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    Buoyed by the success of the last two Final Fantasy games on Android, Square Enix is boldly going where no game developers have done before on the Android platform. The Final Fantasy Dimensions is going to cost more than the original Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy III combined.

    Here’s what Square Enix wrote on their official blog:

    “FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS is delivered as episodic content. The prologue will be free for everyone to enjoy. You can purchase the first chapter for $2.99 / £1.99 / €2.39, chapters 2-4 for $9.99 / £6.99 / €7.99 each, or the entire collection of chapters for $28.99 / £19.99 / €22.99.”

    OK, so it’s nice that they’re making the prologue a free download, but a total of $29 for the whole 4 chapters? “Why, I can get 29 copies of Angry Birds Space premium for that amount of money,” says one shocked gamer, hypothetically. But that’s not really a good comparison to make.  And why would anyone purchase 29 copies of that game — or any game for that matter?

    To be fair, this is Final Fantasy we’re talking about. The game is bound to be more immersive and thought-provoking than your typical Android game. We’re looking at 40 hours of gameplay, at least, for the whole chapters. We’ll leave gamers to make the decision whether the price tag is worth the investment. If it is well received, we can only hope that it’ll persuade Square Enix to port FF7.

    The Final Fantasy Dimensions will be released on August 30 for both Android and iOS. Do you think Square Enix is taking its premium stance a bit too far?

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    Comments

    • MasterMuffin

      How can those final fantasy games cost so much!?!?

      • popomano

        Yeah.. is there 10 chapters in the game cuz first chapter is only 3 bucks

        • MasterMuffin

          Right, and it’s mobile phone game, 30$ HOLY COW who’s gonna pay that!?

          • Pickaname

            People have no problem paying $30-$40 for a NDS game, and this is the equivalent of an NDS game, just on a better platform. So why would the price be any less?

            • MasterMuffin

              Because, even better mobile phone games don’t cost over 10$…

            • Cole Raney

              Its a different market. Android users arent as likely to pay that much as ds owners. And for gaming android is not superior.

    • dre

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    • AmneonX

      I think that Square is taking a stance that other major developers will take. Android and iOS are equal to and more widely available than the DS. I agree with the pricing on this title because its Final Fantasy, and other than XIII and XIII-2, they are known for being epic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/msantaka Mochammad Santaka

      I was whooping till I saw the price tag.

      Well considering this is probably the best non final fantasy remake games for a while on any platform, a higher price is OK but 30 bucks is mind bending.

      Even so, would be good to see a few high priced games getting some love. Could boost some developers to be more liberal on developing games.

    • balthuszar

      i’m not a fan of the final fantasy series, but, when the reviews start hitting and i was an avid final fantasy player(which, lets face it…you either LOVE it or HATE it) this would be pretty cheap

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