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Square Enix’s new apps are a dream come true for Final Fantasy nerds


Final Fantasy VII is coming to iOS
Final Fantasy VII is coming to iOS
Photo: Square Enix

It might be kind of hard to keep up with all of the Final Fantasy news that’s suddenly everywhere. We have a high-definition remake and an iOS port of PlayStation 1 classic role-playing game Final Fantasy VII in the works, the weird and cute-ish World of Final Fantasy, and trailers everywhere.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a hub that will make keeping track of all of this stuff way easier, developer Square Enix is ready to help you out with that too, thanks to the new Final Fantasy Portal app coming out for iOS

The Final Fantasy Portal app.
Photo: Square Enix

Square showed off the upcoming app during its press briefing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow in Los Angeles earlier today. The portal is “a comprehensive source for latest information related to the Final Fantasy series, including games, music, merchandise, and events” according to a press release.

And it’s not just a news aggregator, apparently; the developer is also throwing in a card game called Triple Triad, which series fans probably remember from Final Fantasy VIII. Even looking at news is a game of sorts, as it will make use of Square Enix’s proprietary membership service to award points for logging in and viewing articles and trailers. What do you do with these invisible, arbitrary points? Why, you can exchange them for “in-game items and digital content like wallpapers.”

While the portal itself is free, it will support in-app purchases. So it’s possible that those points could be a way to work around a pay-wall, perhaps in the Triple Triad card game, or they could just be bonus content.

The Final Fantasy Portal app will be out sometime this summer. We have no idea when Final Fantasy VII is hitting the App Store, nor how much it will cost, but previous titles have run between $7.99 for the first title and a slightly ridiculous-by-iTunes-standards $15.99 for Final Fantasy VI.

You can probably expect it to be closer to the second number, unfortunately.


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