Final Fantasy 7 for iOS and Android will take 'years'

By year's end, every numbered Final Fantasy game from 1 through 6 will be available on iOS and Android. So, it should be pretty obvious what the...

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By year's end, every numbered Final Fantasy game from 1 through 6 will be available on iOS and Android. So, it should be pretty obvious what the team should be working on next. However, producer Takashi Tokita has bad news for fans. He says it will take years before the team tackles Final Fantasy 7 for mobile.

"Unfortunately, it's not that it's not impossible for us to develop Final Fantasy 7 for mobile," Tokita told Shacknews. "It's that currently, space will be an issue. Phones won't be able to contain the space it takes. It's over a gigabyte. People are probably going to have to wait a few years."

The FMV-heavy RPG took three CD-ROM discs when it debuted on PS1. The recent PC re-release ended up being 3GB large--well over the 2GB limit Apple imposes on iOS games. "It's definitely going to be years before we do the port," Tokita added.

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    October 14, 2013 6:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Final Fantasy 7 for iOS and Android will take 'years'.

    By year's end, every numbered Final Fantasy game from 1 through 6 will be available on iOS and Android. So, it should be pretty obvious what the...

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      October 14, 2013 6:56 AM

      I've already downloaded more than one game on Android which was over 1GB. That's not such a big deal these days.

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        October 14, 2013 8:19 AM

        It isn't to most people, especially those with phones who have 32gb of storage space or more. Later in the article Mr Tokita talks about the limitations of current app store regulations. Specifically, Apple is mentioned, but if you do some searching, Google has a similar limitation for Android as well that is slightly larger. The packaging file has to be 50mb or less, but you can include an additional 4gb worth of content to download.

        Either way, the app stores are going to start being pretty limiting for everyone as advanced devices are coming out that can support much higher quality games. This may also not be the first dev to speak out about issues submitting content as they intended to but being blocked by regulations.

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          October 14, 2013 1:46 PM

          As far as I know, the Apple restriction is only what's downloadable over cellular networks. The main game (ie, not DLC/etc) can be easily in excess of a GB if downloaded over wifi, based on apps and games I've downloaded.

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      October 14, 2013 7:30 AM

      They should just make it for the next-gen consoles but have the entire thing rendered real-time... the backgrounds and cutscenes aren't that complex by todays standards.

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        October 14, 2013 8:59 AM

        That's a good point. I wonder if they still have access to all the old models and animations etc and how much work it would be to do that? There was nothing complex in that game which couldn't be rendered real-time today.

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          October 14, 2013 1:13 PM

          That would probably take much much longer.

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            October 14, 2013 1:29 PM

            Yeah, but take up WAY less space, and then it would be easier to scale that to other consoles as an HD remake!

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              October 14, 2013 1:44 PM

              I actually do think that would be the ideal way of doing a remake while not going into crazy, skyhigh budget that they claim makes doing a next gen re-imagining impossible. They could allow a bit of camera movement to take take advantage of the backgrounds now being rendered in real time, make some higher poly models for all the characters and monsters, and you've got what would be the ideal FF7 remake. I'd pay full price if they did it right.

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      October 14, 2013 9:21 AM

      I really think their programmers are incompetent, frankly. Give these games to western devs who know their shit and I'm betting they'd knock them out in no time.

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        October 14, 2013 9:45 AM

        ...knock them out in no time...

        ...in no time....

        ...no time...

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      October 14, 2013 10:49 AM

      Put it on 3ds where you can actually make it better not worse like all the other ports on ios

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      October 14, 2013 4:42 PM

      I already played FF7 on Android

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      October 15, 2013 12:36 AM

      How can I transfer game progress from iOS to Android? http://bit.ly/176XCvz