Final Fantasy 9 for PC will require Android plug-ins to run

Could we be seeing a port of a port when Final Fantasy 9 comes to PC?

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We learned earlier this year Square Enix would be porting Final Fantasy 9 onto PC, iOS, and Android. While the mobile ports already released back in February, PC owners are waiting for their chance to relive the RPG, although we should probably expect another mobile-to-PC port, like Final Fantasy 6.

According to Square Enix, the PC version of Final Fantasy 9 will require the use of Android plug-ins, specifically Android Support Library, Android SDK plug-ins, and even several Google Play Games plug-in. This has lead many to believe Final Fantasy 9 won’t be a direct port of the original PlayStation version, but will instead be a port of the mobile version that was released earlier this year.

Now that we know Final Fantasy 9 will require several Android plug-ins, we hope Square Enix has learned from its past with the release of Final Fantasy 6. The better the optimization for the PC audience, the less likely there will be backlash from longtime fans of the series.

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    April 11, 2016 8:00 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Final Fantasy 9 for PC will require Android plug-ins to run

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      April 11, 2016 8:25 AM

      Yo dawg. We heard you like ports. So we ported your port, so you can port while you port.

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      April 11, 2016 8:33 AM

      Lol

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      April 11, 2016 8:53 AM

      I really want to get rid of my PS1 and PSP, but I guess I will STILL keep them so I can still play FF6, and 9 properly.

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        April 11, 2016 9:09 AM

        Emulation works pretty well if you're okay with just sticking them in a box.

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        April 11, 2016 6:05 PM

        Rip them all to your hard drive, get epsxe, and enjoy. It also has some nice visual enhancements - antialiasing and so on - that make it nicer to play.

        Also, you can bind a frameskip button that speeds the hell out of those godawful FF9 battle load times.

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        April 11, 2016 6:47 PM

        PS3 slim plays them fine.

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      April 11, 2016 8:55 AM

      SQUARE ENIX.

      They've gone full Sonic. Every game and re-release revs up the fanbase with "maybe it'll be good this time!", and it never is.

      They will never get another cent of my money.

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        April 11, 2016 8:55 AM

        (applies specifically to their JRPGs, not Do Sex, because I'll definitely give them monies for that)

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      April 11, 2016 9:08 AM

      Sad that one of my favs isn't getting that good treatment. I'm hoping to see an HD remaster of XII IZJS make it to PC. PS2 games look pretty good with a remaster.

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      April 11, 2016 9:08 AM

      Haven't pretty much all of the recent FF Ports coming to PC been ports of the mobile versions? Except for 7 and 8 because those were ported to PC nearly decades ago.

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        April 11, 2016 9:09 AM

        Yes T_T

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        April 11, 2016 9:25 AM

        Yes. Game journalist memories are short. Or have high turnover.

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        April 11, 2016 10:52 AM

        Depends on what you mean by ports.

        They go in and make a game on mobile with new assets and then they use those assets to make the PC port. That's not so bad really given that we have 1080p in our pocket these days.

        But this sounds like they're literally just putting an Android emulator on your machine so that they don't have to port code over. That sounds lazy and potentially problematic since they're loading up your machine with some amount of development software - that likely will never get updated - all due to this one game.

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        April 11, 2016 5:18 PM

        Did X/X-2 remasters not make it to pc?

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          April 11, 2016 5:54 PM

          No. PS4, PS3, and Vita. And man, I couldn't get past the intro. I was so over it.

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          April 11, 2016 9:34 PM

          Maybe you're thing of XIII, XIII-2?

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      April 11, 2016 10:58 AM

      Does this mean it's going to have the shitty mobile interface that VI had? If it does then I'm out.

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      April 11, 2016 3:37 PM

      This could be OK, the screens of it look pretty good:

      http://toucharcade.com/2016/02/15/final-fantasy-9-review/

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      April 11, 2016 4:06 PM

      Man, Square fucking sucks at this.

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      April 11, 2016 5:22 PM

      They should license or build an emulator. PlayStation 1 games benefit enormously from texture filtering, AA, and higher resolutions.

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        April 11, 2016 5:49 PM

        They may be contractually unable to per contracts with Sony.

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      April 11, 2016 5:57 PM

      Perez, the FF games use Roman numerals, not Arabic ones!

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      April 11, 2016 9:32 PM

      Way to go Japan! You totally got this PC thing figured out!

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      April 11, 2016 9:52 PM

      I don't think reusing work they already did to bring the game to modern systems is necessarily a bad thing, whether it's a yucky mobile port or not. However making people install a bunch of libraries that they're sure not to use for anything else sucks.

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        April 11, 2016 11:48 PM

        To me, it doesn't seem that different from when GOG includes DOSBox with their older games.

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