DeNA (TYO:2432) and Square Enix (TYO:9684) are partnering to bring the first free-to-play, English Final Fantasy title to mobile phones in the US and Canada. Final Fantasy fans now can pre-register for the game’s release (which the announcement says is coming soon) over on ffairbornebrigade.com.
DeNA’s executive games director Kenji Kobayashi noted in the announcement that this year is the 25th anniversary of the Final Fantasy franchise, and that his company was “very proud to offer [fans] our own take on the themes and ideals of the series.” The first incarnation of the game was released all the way back in 1987.
It’s good to see Square Enix doing a Final Fantasy title that’s free to play, as the company has come under fire of late for its unusually high price mobile titles. Recently the company had said that it would be reconsidering its pricing strategies.
The game will be released for both iOS and Android, and fans who pre-register will get a free in-game card of Cloud, one of the franchise’s most popular characters.
Readers may recall that DeNA and Square Enix also teamed up this past summer to bring Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade to South Korea via Daum Mobage.