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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