Square Enix has announced it will be releasing Final Fantasy I, II and III on mobile and Steam later this month. You can expect this first batch of the Pixel Remasters to launch on 28th July on the iOS and Android mobile stores.
These new versions of the games aim to be closer matches to the originals that appeared back in the 80s and 90s. Announced during Square Enix Presents at E3, they’re basically the same game as the classic 2D Final Fantasy games except with some subtle upgrades and sharper graphics.
Despite those small changes, they will wholly be the same games though. Kazuki Shibuya, one of the artists who worked on the original games, is coming back to oversee the art development of these remasters. She’s working on new 2D character sprites and background graphics that will make the games look fresh on modern screens while also respecting the original designs.
She’s not the only Square alum joining the team though, as original composer Nobuo Uematsu is also coming back with some beautifully rearranged soundtracks.
“We are rearranging all the music tracks this time,” Uematsu said. “One of the first ideas I had was to make sure to stay faithful to the originals, but of course I couldn’t just leave it in the original 3-tone sound, so they have been built up into full-scale tracks. I have made sure that the original atmosphere has been retained and each can be listened to as separate music pieces, so that fans can enjoy.”
The Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster games bring other improvements such as auto-battle options and touch controls on mobile. It also has a modernised user interface, albeit with really small text.
There are also other new features such as a bestiary, art gallery, music player and the ability to save at any point.
Final Fantasy I, II and III will release on iOS and Android on 28th July.