Final Fantasy IX PC Will Let You Turn Off Random Encounters

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The PC version of Final Fantasy IX, announced last week in Japan, will be out this month according to Steam. And, critically, it’ll let you turn off random encounters.

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Says the Steam page, which just went live today:

Additional Features

  • Achievements
  • Seven game boosters including high speed and no encounter modes.
  • Autosave
  • High-definition movies and character models.

This is wonderful. FFIX is without a question one of the best Final Fantasys Square ever put out, but it’s always been marred a bit by the super-high random encounter rate. And anyone who’s played FFVII on PS4 knows just how valuable these “game boosters” can be.

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DISCUSSION

I don’t see a mention of high-resolution background images, but I’m hoping they’re included. As has been pointed out many times before, the FFIX backgrounds were rendered at a higher resolution than what was used and then they were scaled down for the original Playstation release.

(Now if they really wanted to improve FFIX, they could simply swap out Tetra Master for Triple Triad. Because let’s be honest: Triple Triad is the best and only card game we need in Final Fantasy.)