Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection Jumps To PSP With New 2D Graphics

By Spencer . December 12, 2010 . 10:45pm

imageCecil and his awkwardly named son Ceodore are coming to PSP in the spring. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection packs Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on one UMD.

 

V-Jump reveals this version of Final Fantasy IV sports new graphics, but not the cutesy 3D models from the Nintendo DS remake. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection looks more like the 20th anniversary Final Fantasy remakes with character portraits in text boxes and modern spell effects.

 

Square Enix released Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on WiiWare in North America. It’s a direct sequel that stars Cecil and Rosa’s son (spoiler alert!) and shows what happened to many characters from Final Fantasy IV. This downloadable game also received a PSP facelift.

 

New and just for Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection is a story that links Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.



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  • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

    Nice! You just made my night, Spencer, heh. This is excellent news and I am also glad to hear that they aren’t using those weird 3D models that were used in the DS version.

    I was wondering how long it would take before they ported FFIV to the PSP, but I didn’t think the port would be THIS great :). Can’t wait!

    EDIT: Just saw the scan for this and yeah..I know you’re trying to directly translate this, Spencer, but his name isn’t, “Ceodore”, lol. It’s, “Theodore”.

    • PurpleDoom

      Actually, the English translation of After Years does use Ceodore. Regardless, I’m always up for more 2D Final Fantasy, and this fits the bill pretty well.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      I realize the translation can go either way in fact, I originally used Theodore, but his official name in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is Ceodore.

      • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

        Damn, that is pretty weird then, lol. Who the hell would name their son, “Ceodore” ? I guess every protagonist must have a “unique” name in the world of Final Fantasy, huh?

        Theodore is too simple :P

        • Fonic

          If I remember right, a certain other important character’s true name was Theodore in the DS remake so I guess they wouldn’t want to use it again, even if it is in the same family. (Sorry, trying to avoid spoilers)

  • malek86

    I guess one of Squenix’s corporate mission statements is “to bring our games on every platform”. Literally.

    • Ereek

      I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily a bad thing. I wish they’d do it with more than 1, 2, and 4 though.

      • http://myfigurecollection.net/collection/ashgail Ashgail

        FF VI ;__;

    • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

      Thats kind of a horrible thought, I just think of a future in which some of their games are ported to every device with a screen (like Bejeweled 2 or Tetris…)

  • http://twitter.com/BurstDragon Kush クシュ

    PSP sure is getting some good games next year, I don’t have a Wii so playing the Years After on the PSP will have to do. I wish they do a remake of Final Fantasy 5&6.

    I want a remake of Final Fantasy VI more than VII. I personally think Final Fantasy V should have a tactical battle system like FF-X it would be great.

    • nyrjin

      I agree that six needs a remake the most. My only concern with it is that a remake would be a difficult task with a game like that. Maybe it’s just my view of six as the peak of the final fantasy games, followed by a few up and down slants in regards to the ps1 games. The line just blanks at 11 and up, since they’re kind of not comparable as for the major game differences (rather than quality).

      I’ve never heard anyone say anything productive about FF5′s possible gameplay changes, everyone and their grandmother says it needs an updated script, but of all the things no one has ever thought of, a FFX turn based would be amazing as far as my opinion and foresight can understand.

      • gatotsu911

        If you’re looking for an updated script for FF5, play the GBA version. It’s hilarious. I loved FF10′s battle system so I guess I wouldn’t mind seeing it return in any form, but I think retrofitting it into FF5 would probably be a little difficult (don’t some of the moves utilize the ATB system?).

        • http://twitter.com/BurstDragon Kush クシュ

          They do but it had that rock-paper-scissors kind of battle system which I think would suit FFV job system.

    • Testsubject909

      My comrade, we are a thinning breed. With a greater inflow of new uneducated gamers, the growth of the more popularized lowest common denominator, casuals and mainstreams and misguided gamers (the same types who judge that all FPS are the same brown stuff, or that all JRPGs features teenage angst as a main focus or who don’t realize that all games are linear to begin with and only offer an illusion of unlinearity, making the arguments somewhat… but anyhow), it is most unlikely that such a brilliant remake would come to light.

      We just aren’t what will enable them to make money. They need to move with the flow, focus on the short term interests and keep up with the trends, as opposed to tending to the base gaming community that has remained loyal to them over the years. Why? Because we won’t be able to provide them the profit they both need and desire.

      Anyho. I’m simply glad that a precious game like FF4 was given a direct sequel that worked, and am glad that it’ll be going over to the PSP as well. If it ever makes it to these shores, then I’ll be sure to play get it myself and forever dream of a glory day when I’ll shiver in fear and fright and nostalgia and marvel at a full 3D HD Kefka gaining the powers of the gods and ravaging the land clean before reshaping it to his twisted image…

      [edit]

      Just felt like adding.

      I did state “Focus on the short term”. They risk a crash, Squeenix is risking a crash, what with their plummeting stock and the cash drain that’s FF14. Not to mention the alienation of their original fanbase at the expense of attempting to garner new fans.

      A focus on longer term relations with their fanbase, which in turn is their source of resource, would see them stripped of the money they desire, but maintain an amount of money they need. Playing around with investor interests though would become far trickier, and the fanbase’s growth would tend to be slow as well, save for the occasional incredible game that appeals to all, which in turn would help bolster them furthermore.

      Yeah, I’m a bit sad about the gaming industry from time to time…

      • ShinGundam

        “Short term?” that is highly debatable?

      • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

        I think they just need to continue the trend with the remakes; it has to madly popular to them now and it cant really cost that much money to remake them for a PSP or DS platform, probably easier just on the PSP.

    • PurpleDoom

      A VI remake would be awesome, and I kind of hope they don’t stick to this apparent “20th Anniversary” business for each game… I don’t want to wait until 2014!

    • doomspeller10

      Agreed on the FF VI thing. Though I don’t get why they don’t port the DS version to the PSP, it’s not like it wouldn’t be able to handle it (at least Dissidia still remains a PSP exclusive)… I mean, if I want a 2D version, I’d just play the GBA version on gpsp kai. The after years addition is nice though.

      • http://twitter.com/ahadiscoelf Aha Disco Elf

        I’d go for 20th Anniversary FF1/2′s updated sprites over the DS’ lowpoly chibi-3D anytime.

        • doomspeller10

          That can be improved, we’re talking about the PSP here. Besides, there’s already plenty of 2D versions already. Though it’s not like it’s gonna change anything.

  • Pichi

    I hope there is an option to skip to The After Years, as I’ll want to jump to that quickly.

    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

      My guess is, they will probably just have it on the main menu as a separate story. I’m sure they realize MOST people who will be getting this have played and beat FFIV already, so they will want to jump straight into The After, heh. You’ll probably want to go back through the main story again though because of the new additions :3

      I’ve beaten FFIV, man..I don’t know how many times..lol. I know I’m going back through the main story again once I get my hands on this. It was epic the first time and it will be epic the thousandth time too! (I really don’t know what number I’m up to right now >_>)

      • nyrjin

        It’s really a great game, it’s story is presented perfectly for it’s amount of depth. I’ve played through it a few times (2 on advance 1 on ds and 1 for snes in that order), and I’m really hoping, (and mostly expecting) it to come to the US. I’m fairly glad about the after years, but I’ve heard the story is kind of crazy (moreso than most FF games), but considering my expectations, I’ll probably love it.

        Yay for FFIV, I suppose… It doesn’t really need to be said, most people are thinking it…

  • Hraesvelgr

    So, they’re going to do like they did with Final Fantasy I and II and keep releasing Final Fantasy IV every few years?

    • Zefiro Torna

      Pretty much. Every handheld since the Wonderswan Color receives its own FF IV re-release.

      The special exception being that side-talking taco-phone thing.

  • BK0000

    Now they need to do a PSP version of Final Fantasy Legends.

  • http://flailthroughs.blogspot.com Flailthroughs

    Not the first time FFIV’s gotten a 2D makeover- I forget which iteration of the WonderSwan that happened for. Looks like a promising set for those of us who haven’t bothered with WiiWare yet, though!

  • PurpleDoom

    Cool stuff, hopefully this paves the way for V and VI (and maybe even III, which I’m a sucker for and would love to have in 2D.)

  • Guest

    meh is meh

  • PurpleDoom

    Come to think of it, 2011 would be FFIV’s 20th anniversary, wouldn’t it? Suddenly this makes a lot of sense.

  • godmars

    Wonder how long we have to wait for localization? Actually find myself hating on Square despite this news because its going to take them a while to do that. After all this time – as a fan since the NES days – it just feels insulting that they still think about such things.

  • Hours

    Sweet, I want this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/henson88 Hendra Susanto

    meh. FF IV is good, but IMO overrated. How many remakes / spin offs / sequels are there of FF IV? And if I’m not wrong, The After Years on WiiWare received quite low scores from the critics, right?

    I think it’s time to re-make (properly) V and VI, Squeenix…

    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

      Oh please, lol. You would be happy if it was the other way around and there were multiple remakes/spin offs/sequels for FFV and VI, so don’t even say that, man. It’s not FFIV’s fault that it’s a great game deserving of all that attention ; ;

      Blame the fans (including me) that “overrate” it X3

      • gatotsu911

        I think he’s saying pretty openly that he’d rather there be remakes of FF5 and 6 (dunno about spinoffs and sequels, though). I know I would; I liked both of them a lot better than 4.

  • Choppasmith

    Ehh I don’t know. I really didn’t like TAY (I couldn’t get past the first chapter). It had a really sloppy, unpolished presentation (I blame the quick and simple upscale of a lo-res Cell Phone game to a much higher res downloadable Wii title), and while I grew up playing the FIRST FF, I thought the random encounter rate was way too high making trekking through dungeons really tedious.

    But, if this port gives us significant enhancements and bonuses, I might pick it up… when I finally get a PSP ^^;;

  • Arcm

    Well, I’ll be damned. Now I don’t have to buy all those episodes separately on the wii this should hopefully come to the US.

  • mach

    Oh, good lord! How many more remakes does this game need? Don’t get me wrong, I love FFIV, but despite what the Squenix execs think, there are in fact other games in the series besides it, I, II and VII.

  • epy

    …so like, great news and all, but I really want that Final Fantasy V remake SE.

  • PrinceHeir

    hopefully we get FFV and FFVI for the PSP2 ^^

    • krokounleashed

      More like for 3DS

      • kylehyde

        I bet that this will be the case. I remember that Siliconera months ago reported that there were plans for the remake of FFV and FFVI on DS, but these were misteriously halted days after the 3DS was anounced, but considering that the nintendo products share the same architecture, it would be pretty easy translate the production to 3DS with no problem.

        • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

          If III is truly the only remake that has been announced for the PSP, then even if it goes to the 3DS, I can not imagine that those remakes wouldnt be able to come to the PSP or its successor.

          • kylehyde

            UPDATE:

            Since all was product of a confusion, well I erase my comment, because all was clarified already.

          • thebanditking

            Wow chill out for starters and whats wrong with FF3 coming to a Sony console exactly? Its where all the other entries have released or been ported to.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aunna-Terrell/100001267508146 Aunna Terrell

      I truly don’t care which handheld it’ll be on. XD Either way, I’ll be getting them both (eventually) after they are released in the US.

  • leeorv

    iPhone port please? the ports for the 20th anniversary FF1 and FF2 were great!

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    i want the four hero of lights graphics, with the change of clothes and all D8<

  • http://twitter.com/sonic200105 Jonathan Rodriguez

    Yippe :D FF4 was my favorite (and only FF game iv beaten yet) Now lets hope it comes to the US. I don’t mind beating it again…BUT IN 3D (sadly i was suck on the after on Edward’s part) but FF4 was WAY better then the after

    • PurpleDoom

      Any Final Fantasy game is pretty much guaranteed to come over, nothing to worry about here.

  • http://twitter.com/gabriel_may_uk Gabriel May

    Okay Square Enix, you’ve messed around with I-IV now. It’s time to start working on V and VI.

    Yes IV sounds decent enough for me to buy (even though to me IV was never compelling to play) but enough teasing, we want to see enchanced versions of V and VI.

    Hopefully this IV will come with story skip option. I don’t wanna go through Cecil being betrayed by the king (spoiler alert!) for the sixth time >_<

    • fallen

      Well-played on that spoiler alert XD

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aunna-Terrell/100001267508146 Aunna Terrell

      lol a friend of mine is hoping for V & VI on the 3DS, saying that SE already announced that they already had plans to put it on the 3DS. XD But.. I never saw such info on the net.. unless I missed it somewhere.

  • http://twitter.com/Megawarrior345 Elle

    I didn’t like FFV but I would rather see that than FFIV be remade AGAIN.

    The After Years sounds promising……

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    Excite. If localized I guess I will give it a try since I missed out on all Final Fantasy games before XII.

    • http://twitter.com/Ale598 Ale598

      But..but… it’s 2D!!! It has TOMES of text!!!

      • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

        Dude, Im like open to all games and I hate missing out on experiences, so I think I should try it out. It may have tomes of text or be in a graphic style that Im not used to, but still that is not something that could hinder my ability to try the game, and what if I end up liking it?

        • FireCouch

          Bullshit.

    • http://twitter.com/Megawarrior345 Elle

      wtf…..so you’re saying you haven’t played FFVIII, the masterpieces that are IX and VI!!!!!???

      I can’t.

      • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

        I thought I mentioned that I thought FFXIII was the best Final Fantasy game in the franchise…of the two final fantasy games that Ive played extensively.

        The only thing of VIII, Ive seen is Advent Children Complete (Blu-Ray) which is simply epic, Crisis Core, and I played both Final Fantasy Tactics Advances (simply stunning). Like I said, my experience with III DS just prevented me from ever giving any of the numbered ones before XII a chance :(

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

          Actually, Advent Children is from VII.

          VIII is the awful game with the horrible plot twist.

          Anyway, VII, VIII, and IX are all available on the Playstation store. I’d tell you to check out IX first, honestly, since I’ve known younger people who couldn’t get past the graphics of VII and VIII.

          My ex saw Advent Children and then wanted to play VII, but stopped after 10 minutes, telling me the graphics hurt her eyes and that if they ever remade it she’d play it. It’s a shame she’s missing out on that, but she wouldn’t be the only one out there.

          So, give IX a try and then work your way back. Just remember to skip VIII. lol

          • http://twitter.com/Megawarrior345 Elle

            VIII wasn’t THAT bad. lol It wasn’t great but it’s a favorite among many for good reasons. (Not mine tho :o)The only bad thing I could say about it was that plot twist that confused me to no end and the junctioning system. It’s worth a try at least once for Selphie and Zell. :) (Ignore Irvine)

  • http://twitter.com/numaz012 Numaz

    for PSP?
    OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG I LOVE YOU SE!!!!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH SE!!! I BEEN WAITING FF GAME FOR PSP!!!

  • http://www.cbarth.com/ Christopher Barth

    I’m very interested in getting this for The After Years. There is no way I’m paying for IV though – they already got my money for SFC and WSC versions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S2UKKIGGOA4V5EIFXAD7BQQOV4 Heehee

    Oh yeah! Now I don’t need to buy a Wii and a DS for both games.

    Also, why does Cecil look like Juda from Hokuto no Ken?

  • Fonic

    FF4 was my first RPG back when it came out on SNES and it’s what got me hooked on the genre so I admit to being a sucker for it to this day.
    I always wanted to try the After Years but it seemed too expensive on Wiiware, so this would be a nice alternative. The update of FF4 looks good too. Hope they throw in an extra boss and/or dungeon for us vets.

    • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

      How is FF4? Is it better than III? the first final fantasy game I played was III DS and that turned me off from the games (well I played it III DS when it first released), I think it just put me to sleep or something or I was playing it wrong (I couldnt figure out how to equip and learn more skills).

      • Fonic

        It’s significantly better than III in my opinion. FF4 was when the series started to come into its own in terms of blending gameplay with plot and memorable characters.
        That said, it is a very old-fashioned sort of game. You might prefer the DS remake since it has 3D visuals and voice acting as well as the Augment system for character customization.

      • http://incise.org Nick Welch

        I grew up on 4 & 6 and love them. The 3D remake of III on the DS put me to sleep as well. I didn’t make it past a few hours. Give 4 a try.

      • Exkaiser

        I thought it was less fun, though I’m more fond of the Famicom version of III than the DS remake.

        Maybe the DS remake with its character customization stuff is a bit more involved, but IV was always like sleepwalking for me. Sleepwalking through a hallway full of monsters.

        But hey, I’m a sucker for the Job System.

        Though, IV has a more memorable soundtrack. And it has something very nearly resembling a story, but they kind of lost control of it.

  • Exkaiser

    IV again? Skipping a PSP remake of III?

    If they were to bring III, V, and VI to the system now, the PSP would have all the numbered games up to IX, which is pretty handy.

    • PurpleDoom

      For whatever reason, III always get skipped.

  • WonderSteve

    Your spoiler alert came after the spoiler. People must be very very grateful :P

  • gatotsu911

    Huh. That’d be pretty neat, I guess, if I hadn’t already bought FF4 three different times on three different systems (and it’s not even my favorite FF game, by a long shot). I wish the DS version had had graphics like these instead of the butt-ugly 3D models they went with, though.

  • thebanditking

    Oh please let NA/EU get this game, I specifically skipped FF4 on DS in the hopes of something just like this.

    • kylehyde

      I know that this reply is off topic of this comment, but since I can’t reply you in the comment that I want to reply, well I did it in this way.

      “whats wrong with FF3 coming to a Sony console exactly?”

      First: I which part mentioned that it was wrong to release FF3 on sony consoles? did I said that this entry only belong to nintendo consoles? did I said something like that? I’ve never said such a thing. I only pointed that there are not news about a FFIII at the moment, thats all.

      Second:ERASED

      UPDATE: since all began about a mistunderstanding and was clarified already I delete this point.

      And Third: a FF3 in a sony console, well it could be awesome to the fans that have never played the title, but I admit that of all the FF games of the main series that I played, this is the one that I enjoyed less. The job system of this entry feels very archaic, the only difference about this game and the first is the number of jobs in this aspect, in the case that SE wanted to make the remake for psp/psn then I hope that they put a job system similar to FFV which is the main reason why this entry (V) is one of my favorites.

      • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

        I put the comment in the wrong reply box…sorry dude

        • kylehyde

          Well no problem dude. Everybody makes mistakes.

          I apoligize too, I was really harsh in my answer. So sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jstack Jon Stachewicz

    I kind of hate playing my DS now, this will finally be my chance to have FFIV on a current gen handheld

    • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

      If you dont mind can you go into more detail?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jstack Jon Stachewicz

        I dunno, I just like the PSP’s hardware and game selection a lot more, especially the hardware. The only game I’ve really even attempted to play on the DS recently was Golden Sun, which I didn’t end up liking that much anyway.

  • SneakyHawk

    This is my favorite Final Fantasy. Do want! Especially for the music!

  • Tom_Phoenix

    I don’t get it….why are there so many people who want a FF VI remake? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the game and it will always have a special place in my heart. However, the game doesn’t really warrant a remake…and I don’t mean that as a criticism. Since VI was created during a time when 2D technological development was at it’s peak, the game has aged very well and is more than playable even in this day and age. Really, outside of ports, I really don’t see any reason why it should be remade (although that doesn’t mean I would MIND a VI remake).

    Also, love it or hate it, it’s generally hard to deny that VII preety much warrants a remake. While the fact that it was the first 3D FF title means that it enjoyed a lot of attention during it’s time, it also means that it hasn’t aged very well. The backgrounds are still very much beautiful (but then again, they were essentially still images) , but the models are essentially a random number of cuboids, pyramids and spheres strung together. They are no longer very visually appealing and their “chibby” stylisation is preety much their only saving grace.

    But anyway, considering the pattern Square Enix has been following so far, V and VI are most likely up next to be remade. Especially since they already talked about it and hinted that they might be remade for the 3DS.

    As for this particular remake. While I am happy that The After Years will be made available in retail form, the existance of this remake does present me with a conundrum. While I will be getting the GBA version either way (I want at least one copy of the game that is a faithful port), I am preety much going to be forced to decide between this version and the DS one when the time comes. I guess I will just have to wait and learn more about this particular remake before I make up my mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

    I just never understood the love this game gets, honestly. I guess you had to play it when it first came out to fully appreciate it. I got into RPG’s from Lunar on the Sega CD, and didn’t play this until it’s PS1 release, where it just did nothing for me. I couldn’t get into any characters because they’d die about two hours after you’d get them and I found the ending moments severely lacking. My guitarist swears up and down that this game was a special experience for him and the RPG that got him into the genre, but it just never did it for me.

    And it’s not that it’s an old school SNES RPG, because I was playing RPG’s on the Genesis without any problems. Loved Chrono Trigger when I finally got a chance to play that. Even loved the first half of VI. This, though, just…nothing…

  • Jirin

    Another FFIV remake. Eh. I still like the FFC version.

  • xxx128

    They should have the guts to make a whole new final fantasy title in 2d. That would be awesome.

    • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

      A 2D title? Isnt this the year 2010?

      • xxx128

        Ooopps i forgot about the “secret” cr@ppy polygons and textures agenda, my bad. Call me naive but i firmly believe in this day and age people still havent forgotten what a pencil is.

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    Oh hey, a GOOD final fantasy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Martinez/1538778861 Victor Martinez

    This is cool and all, but… I’d really like to see FF3, FF5 and FF6 all get some actual polish along the way too. Especially the way FF1, FF2 and this do. Seriously, I’d kill for those three games to get this type of treatment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ka3naG Katrina V. Garduce

    PSP still is strong and i almost forgot going strong

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