With the amount of money smartphone games make, this shouldn't be that surprising. But Square Enix is bringing a version of Final Fantasy XI to smartphones. It's called Final Fantasy XI Mobile. There's also a new FFXI spin-off title called Final Fantasy Grandmasters.
Update: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Final Fantasy XI Mobile and Final Fantasy Grandmasters were the same game. They are not. Apologies for that!
Final Fantasy XI Mobile is, you guessed it, a mobile version of FFXI. Square Enix is co-developing the smartphone version with Nexon and calling the game a "MMMRPG" or "Massively Multiplayer Mobile RPG."
"Through this partnership, Final Fantasy XI, which has enjoyed 13 years of noteworthy success on game consoles and PC, will make a significant step onto the mobile platform," said Square Enix honcho Yosuke Matsuda in an official statement.
According to Nexon, Final Fantasy Mobile plans to offer things like improved party organizing, solo-play improvements, better battle functionality, enriched community features as well as other tweaked in-game elements.
Final Fantasy XI Mobile is slated for a 2016 launch in Japan, North America, Europe, South Korea, among other regions in Asia.
The other FFXI themed smartphone title is called Final Fantasy Grandmasters in Japan. This is a new game that is set against FFXI's in-game world of Vana'diel.
Players can customize their cute characters before they set out for Final Fantasy adventures. You can see the game in action in the above trailer. A beta for Final Fantasy Grandmasters is slated to begin this April in Japan. No word yet on a Western release.
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