With a May 20 release date already revealed for Japan, Square Enix confirms a North American release for Final Fantasy IX, the second-highest rated game in the Final Fantasy franchise, on the PlayStation Network.

I've made no secret that Final Fantasy IX is my favorite game in the series, and aside from Final Fantasy III (Japan's VI), GameRankings agrees with me. After two futuristic Final Fantasy games, the return to a traditional fantasy setting was very well received by fans and critics alike.

Plus, the game has Vivi in it. There is no greater selling point.

Yesterday Square Enix Tweeted a video confirming a Japanese release date of May 20 (thanks pigz0011!).


Today, Square Enix VP of marketing Ami Blaire revealed a North American release for the game via the PlayStation Blog.

Considered by many gamers to be a must-play title for any RPG fan, FFIX will soon to be available for North American fans via the PlayStation Network. If you missed Final Fantasy IX during the early PlayStation era, or are dreaming of reliving the time-tested FFIX adventure, your chance is coming soon.

Soon is not nearly soon enough. I demand Vivi goodness now!

Final Fantasy IX Coming Soon to PlayStation Store [PlayStation Blog]