Preview By: Jared Black
Square's Millennium Conference today, Squaresoft showed off a
number of upcoming titles for both the Playstation and
Playstation2. Perhaps one of the most surprising of
these titles shown is Final Fantasy IX--not because we're
surprised to see it, just surprised at the direction it's
this installment of the Final Fantasy series, Square is
returning to their roots a bit. Instead of the more
realistic approach that the last two titles in the series have
taken, this series will be more akin to earlier games in the
series in both setting and story. In the few screens
that have been released to date, we've seen black mages,
dragons, and propeller-driven flying airships. Any fan
of the NES and SNES versions will surely remember these as
being staples of the series' early days.
the retro design of the game, the graphics still appear to
feature the refinement that the other Playstation
installments have shown. You can surely expect lots of slick
FMV, amazing spell effects, and lush worlds.
no word on the battle system just yet, but as you can see from
the screens Magic Points will surely be involved. There's also
no word on who will be doing the music for the game, but all
rumors point to game music guru Nobuo Uematsu making a return
for that as well.
I'm very excited about this game. I've always
preferred the fantasy-based setting over the more modern one,
and I've yearned for the Final Fantasy series to return to
this design. Assuming Square allows us the option to skip
those long summon spells (instead of making us watch them
thousands of times), this game promises to be great.