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Final Fantasy IV Released on Steam; XIII Announced for PC, Available for Pre-order

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Final Fantasy IV Released on Steam; XIII Announced for PC, Available for Pre-order

Game News - posted by Crooked Bee on Thu 18 September 2014, 09:50:38

Tags: Final Fantasy IV; Final Fantasy XIII; Square Enix

After the Final Fantasy III, VII and VIII releases earlier, Square Enix has now made Final Fantasy IV available on Steam. (UPDATE: You can also preorder Final Fantasy XIII there -- see below.)

About the Game
FINAL FANTASY IV makes its debut on PC!

As the first game in the series to feature the innovative Active Time Battle system, FINAL FANTASY IV stands as an iconic milestone in FINAL FANTASY history. Lose yourself in this timeless tale of heroes, betrayal, love and redemption—now optimized for PC!

Key Features:
Fully voiced, dramatic cut-scenes
Deep, emotionally charged character development
All-new system for charting dungeons and uncovering the secrets within
Inspiring score accessible at anytime from the built-in Jukebox​

Somewhat disappointingly, this port is based on the Nintendo DS version, with its blocky 3D sprites instead of the original 2D ones. You can get the game here. Personally, I already played it on my DS, but it's good to see more classic JRPGs coming to Steam - I just wish these ports looked less lazy.

In other news, the "worst main series Final Fantasy," namely the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, has been announced for PC, too. In fact, you can preorder it on Steam for a very affordable price already. Release date is October 9th.

Final Fantasy XIII is a fantasy RPG in which a band of brave humans struggle against fate in the utopian sky city of Cocoon and the primeval world of Pulse. Follow stylish heroine Lightning's fast paced battles and high adventure in a mysterious new world.

DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO FACE YOUR DESTINY?

As a deepening crisis threatens to plunge the floating world of Cocoon into chaos, a band of unsuspecting strangers find themselves branded enemies of the state. With the panicking population baying for their blood, and the military all too happy to oblige, they have no choice but to run for their lives. Join them on a desperate quest to challenge the forces controlling their fate, and prevent untold destruction.

Featuring an unforgettable storyline, a battle system blending action and strategy, cutting-edge visuals and awe-inspiring cinematic sequences, FINAL FANTASY® XIII delivers the next step in the evolution of gaming.​

The fact that the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy may be coming to PC circulated as a rumor earlier based on the Steam logo found on the official website.

Apparently the rest of the trilogy is soon to follow as well -- here's the press release:

FINAL FANTASY XIII SERIES ANNOUNCED FOR WINDOWS PC

LONDON (18th September, 2014) – Square Enix Ltd., publishers of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and PAL territories, today announces the FINAL FANTASY® XIII trilogy of games is headed to Windows PC, with the first in the series, FINAL FANTASY XIII, due for release on 9th October 2014.

The game will be available to download via the Square Enix online store and the Steam PC digital service (amongst others), priced at £10.99/€12.99. The game is available to pre-order now via the Square Enix Store and Steam, with those pre-ordering receiving 10% off. It is also confirmed that the FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy will offer a set of Steam Trading Cards for players to collect and exchange.

On its original console release in 2010, FINAL FANTASY XIII marked the dawning of a new era for the celebrated series, bringing the game to multiple hi-definition consoles simultaneously for the first time in its history. The original game and subsequent adventures in the FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy will soon be available for PC gamers to play for the very first time, with all games in the series due for release by Spring 2015.

FINAL FANTASY XIII expands on the rich traditions of the series, with producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Motomu Toriyama, character designer Tetsuya Nomura and art director Isamu Kamikokuryo combining their creativity to deliver a beautifully epic FINAL FANTASY universe. Additionally, Masashi Hamauzu presents a sweeping soundtrack while movie director Takeshi Nozue and his team of artists adorn the game with seamless cinematic sequences.

The FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy began in March 2010 with the release of the original FINAL FANTASY XIII and continued with its sequel, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2, released in February 2012. The most recent release in the FINAL FANTASY XIII series, LIGHTNING RETURNS™: FINAL FANTASY XIII, launched on 14th February 2014 to critical acclaim. The series has been widely successful, shipping over 11 million units worldwide.​

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