New Year’s Eve, 2015, was a special day for fans of Final Fantasy IX. Square Enix announced that the classic PS1 game would be making its way to PC and mobile platforms sometime in 2016. Now, Final Fantasy IX has been officially listed on Steam, with a release window of Early 2016.
The PC version Final Fantasy IX, like the PC versions of VII and VIII before it, will largely be a direct port of the PS1 title, with upgraded, “High-definition movies and character models,” according to the Steam listing. In addition to updated graphics, the PC port will also feature achievements, auto-save, and “seven game boosters including high speed and no encounter modes.”
The recent PS4 port of Final Fantasy VII also featured these “game boosters,” which allow you to play the game at triple speed, eliminate random encounters, and constantly refill your HP, MP, and Limit Break bars. Final Fantasy IX will feature seven boosters, which will presumably include the aforementioned high speed gameplay, no random encounters, as well as the ability to fill your HP. MP. and Trance Meter (FFIX’s version of a Limit Break). The remaining two boosters are still a mystery at this time.
Final Fantasy IX isn’t yet available for pre-order on Steam, but you can add it to your wishlist to make sure you are notified when it goes live. Click here to go to the game’s Steam page.