Super Nintendo classic Final Fantasy VI is one of the few 16- and 8-bit-era Final Fantasy games to not get a remake for the Nintendo DS or PlayStation Portable in the last decade. Instead, publisher Square Enix is now planning on updating the game for release on iOS and Android devices, according to Kotaku.
Final Fantasy VI is due out this winter. Square Enix plans to update the visuals like it did with the Android and iOS version of Final Fantasy V. That means spruced-up 2D graphics and not the 3D-style visuals the company used for the DS remakes.
“Square Enix has been offering smart phone versions of the Final Fantasy series which allow players to experience the roots of Final Fantasy which were released in the series’ dawning age,” Final Fantasy director Tokita said in a statement provided to GamesBeat. “The games are part of our legacy campaign for Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy VI is now under development and will be available this winter. Just like Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI will be a refined 2D remake and we will be implementing an auto battle system for easier leveling up.”
Square Enix originally released Final Fantasy VI for Super Nintendo in 1994. It is a fantasy adventure with steampunk elements. Many fans consider it the best game in the franchise.
The company’s plans for its legacy campaign could eventually lead to it releasing PlayStation classic Final Fantasy VII for mobile phones, according to Tokita.
“We are aware that we have tons of VII fans,” said Tokita. “We have VII fans in our own company. If this legacy project works out well, we would like to one day be able to work with VII.”