Sequel - Final Fantasy IV: The Other

UDPATE MAR 3RD 2009: The Final Fantasy IV squel is definately coming west-side in the near future!

Final Fantasy IV: The After might just be making it’s way out of Japan and over to western shores, according to some reliable sources close to Square-Enix.

Final Fantasy IV: The After is a Japanese mobile phone game released in episodic pieces, following the adventures of Cecil and Rosa’s son Ceodore, 17 years after the events of the previous game, and featuring most (possibly all) of the original cast. The title uses an altered version of the game’s original 2D engine.

The game unique ability is the ‘band’ ability (similar to the Palom and Porom’s TwinCast ability in the original game, but vastly expanded upon), which lets characters in your party join together to create new, more powerful attacks.

Recent comments by Producer Takashi Tokita, who has a long history with this particular Final Fantasy, substantiate the possibility of this story reaching foreign shores…

“We just remade it, so it’s a bit of a stretch… [Laughs] Currently the sequel, FINAL FANTASY IV the After: Tsuki no Kikan is available for mobile phones in Japan. We’ll do our best to make this game available for our overseas audiences as well!”

What form this game will take is unknown, but it certainly won’t be on mobile due the disparaging technological advancements between Japanese and western cellphones. The Wii’s Virtual Content download service seems like the most likely bet, or possibly as a GameBoy Advance game, but that would be far less likely

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14 Responses so far.

  1. Ouisi says:

    burp! Wii should be getting FFXIII hands down, and other stuff if stuff like X360, selling 5 units per month in japan manage to moneyhat a bunch of RPG’s and their exclusivity… it’s just madness.

    Wii deserves first class support, moreso than the others by sales alone at this point, no more x360tarded moneyhats and nomura fanboysism’s please!

    Smarter than Ouisi   [ 19:57, January 24th, 2009 ]

    @Ouisi, the Wii is too graphically weak to handle anything that resembles FFXIII, it’s basically a Gamecube with minor tweaks. Think before you speak (or write.)

  2. Jens Erik Vaaler says:

    This is a shoe in for the Wii Shop channel and Virtual Console. Just look at similar episode based games like Strong Bad, Sam & Max and Wallace and Gromit, they’re all coming out, or already on the Wii.

  3. boa says:

    Sounds pretty damn cool, as for a release, I hope it come’s to VC, XBL and PSN, so everybody can enjoy it.

  4. Dragonsoul says:

    I do hope this comes over to our shores and more specifically for one of the portables. I would love to have ‘nother FF to steal away my time again. :P

  5. TheGreatCthulhu says:

    Nice news! I hope they are considering offering it for sale on the Playstation Network as well.

  6. duh says:

    Anyone that enjoys that stupid Strong Bad game/webpage isnt smart enough to enjoy a quality Final Fantasy game. Go back to playing Strong Bad and other baby games like Cooking Mamma and leave the big boy games to the adults.

    Michael O'Connor   [ 18:56, November 7th, 2008 ]

    @duh, That’s a rather broad generalisation.

  7. Marcelo X says:

    Square makes a lot more money by charging you per chapter (which is what they did for this game plus Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy: Unlimited with U.) You pay a monthly fee for the game and you pay a fee for each chapter. They don’t want to release this game for the DS or Wii or any other format because they won’t be able to make as much money as they would with the game being a cellphone release only.

    Seriously, am I the only one outside of Japan that grasps this concept? I’ve been reading about potential releases of this game and Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII for a long time and no one seems to understand this, which says a lot about the people writing the articles…gba? the resolution is too low for the 240×240 resolution that the game is in…come on now, do some research…

    Plus if they do release it outside of cellphones, then the Japanese gamers feel screwed and Square is a “Japan First” type of company, so they care mostly about Japan, everyone else is an afterthought. Need proof of this? Then explain why Japan (and some other Asian countries) are the only ones that have the full version of Final Fantasy X, X-2 and XII?

    We only received the basic first release, and yes I know that Europe had a release of Final Fantasy X that was almost as complete as the Japanese one, but that barely counts as anything more than a rare exception to the rule. You’ll see, Japan will release “Final Fantasy XIII: International” about 5 months after the USA release and it will Japan only and PS3 only. Not a guess either, this is almost a fact.

  8. metal shadow x says:

    I hope this comes up on WiiWare

  9. keiri-chan says:

    erm…any chance of it coming to nintendo ds? or is that pretty unlikely with all the new gaming systems out there (ahaha i sound like an old person ^.^)

  10. Kimiko says:

    Wow, first time I’ve even heard of this FFIV sequel. I hope it does make it out stateside. =D

  11. [...] may recall, we reported a few months ago that the Final Fantasy IV episodic sequel, FFIV: The After might be coming west-side. While Square Enix has yet to make any official announcement, recent information has proven that [...]

  12. Toddler says:

    Oh This is good articles for me. Thanks.

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