Square Enix Turned Final Fantasy Tactics Into A Social Game

By Spencer . April 25, 2013 . 9:41pm

imageSquare Enix announced a new game in the Final Fantasy Tactics series, but the catch is it’s a social game. Final Fantasy Tactics S is a collaboration between Square Enix and Mobage, the company that handled Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade.


A teaser site for Final Fantasy Tactics S is up and it says the game will have a variety of jobs with different abilities. You play as a clan master that is trying to regain the crystal’s luster. No screenshots have been revealed, but it looks like the game uses detailed sprites.


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If you sign up for the game before it launches you will get a character from the Final Fantasy series as a present. Wait… is that Agrias Oaks from the original Final Fantasy Tactics?

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  • JonathanisPrimus

    Just what everyone wanted!

    Said no one ever.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Perhaps not us, but we (western audiences) are not the target audience.

      • I doubt that even the Japanese were like: “You know what FFT is lacking of right now, besides another great sequel ? A Social Game!”

      • Pockystix

        I still don’t honestly believe people were clamoring for this. Maybe there are folks that will buy it, even games that most people never buy have a sale or two. But I really doubt anyone was specifically ASKING for this.

        I’m sure it’ll make them money, but it’s basically like selling people a bag of chips when they wanted a full coarse meal.

        • Tony F.

          Well, “nobody” was asking by Airborne Brigade, but LOTS of people are playing that – including westerns.

          • Pockystix

            well I did say it’ll make them money, didn’t I?

            I’m sure some are actually decent, while others are All the Bravest.

          • Tony F.

            Well, we don’t HAVE to play all of them, right? ¯(°_o)/¯

        • Ben Chau

          Yeah because that worked well over the last few years. /sarcasm

          • Pockystix

            I’m not getting your comment all to well. . .

            Square’s had a pretty bad track record of giving people what they’ve asked for. . . like, All this console generation. FFVs13 and bravely Default are probably the biggest contenders for that. Only up until now have we heard anything. . .

  • $36598391

    Seriously Square Enix?!

  • Gabi López Ramírez

    Really?? Another social game.

    • $36598391

      It would be nice if the 3DS got brand new Tactics game

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Long as the mobile community in Asia continues to find them viable, so will SquareEnix or any other company.

  • Natat


  • Wait what

    You guys have to keep in mind that these games are very cheap and easy to make, and generally make a lot of money in Japan. I suspect we will see a lot more of these as time goes on, especially with the company talking about losses. It’s not like these impact the development of the main games much, if at all, since they are small and done by smaller teams usually.

    • Eric Harris

      It’s true, a game like this is an easy cash cow. Don’t blame square, blame stupid people. It’s really a shame that this is what the videogame industry has turned to. Sure I like to fire up Nimble Quest for 10 minutes. But I pine for the days when you had to leave your house to experience arcade quality graphics. Now you can do that on your iphone with gridlee. Point n clicks, anime cut scenes, campy full motion video games, RPGs with moving soundtracks. . . I miss my childhood :(.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        So people are stupid because they like to play games on their iphones…lol

        • Ty Arnold

          No, they’re stupid because they’ll throw down hundreds of dollars (not even an exaggeration) on phone games that don’t offer any meaningful gameplay experiences.

          • saxophone15

            I’m sure it offers meaningful gameplay experiences for the people buying, otherwise they wouldn’t keep buying them.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Take your bigoted view points to another site. You aren’t their judge or anyone else’s. Warned.

          • foopy

            So, we’re not allowed to discuss Square Enix articles unless we hold the same views as the moderation team?

          • No, he isn’t saying that. He wants people to have discussions about the article(s), but when people are criticising others for how they want to enjoy their gaming experience it detracts from the article at hand.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            why is t some of you love to use that as an excuse to try an call people dumb or they suck ect ect?

          • Ferrick

            you’re allowed to post your views, as long as its not overly biased and offensive to other groups of gamers
            the rules states so

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Deciding someone is stupid is not discussing this game in any shape matter or form. Nor is this a topic about 0, Versus or Star Ocean 5. Neither of these have a thing to do with the side of the fence the poster is coming from.

          • n b

            your a moderator maybe you should be less of a fucking critical loser. are you telling me people who spend 100 dollars on a mobile game aren’t idiots cause that’s what the guy is saying

          • Charlotte

            “meaningful gameplay experiences” is subjective. One could say that spending $500+ for a PS3 and games is meaningless.

          • n b

            how about 100+ dollars for a phone game when the company could stop being cheap and make that game 60 dollars give the game more depth full access and you get to feel as though you earned what you have not bought it 2 dollars at a time

          • Charlotte

            Does it matter? If the customer already feel that this mobile game has enough depth and such, they’ll spend money on it. Is spending money on things you like and enjoy “stupid”?

          • Luna Kazemaru

            ‘Please if you are going to post a reply post something that is meaningful and not trash.’ You see how that works. Just because you don’t understand why someone would spend money on something you find meaningless doesn’t mean they find it that way. Thats like me telling you playing on PC is meaningless you should move to a handheld.

          • meiam

            How was his comment “trash” and yours good? He has an opinion “phone game don’t offer meaningful experience, you have an opinion, phone game can offer meaningful experience (oh and a second one, his comment is trash). I’d support his point since if there going to spend hundreds of dollar on a phone game they might as well buy the real game the phone game is copying for cheaper and get a better experience, hence stupid, or at least uninformed. I find it funny a mod come in a warn him for casting judgement on them, but if someone cast judgment on him then it’s A-ok, not to mention judging the comment itself has “bigoted”.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Folks are not stupid because of the games they play and where they choose to play them. There is a difference between saying – ‘XXXX is not a meaningful game experience TO ME’ and then explaining such and how the original poster chose to view folks who choose to play games which are not meaningful to him.

          • Jirin

            It is true a lot of people get a meaningful game experience from phone games and there’s nothing wrong with that.

            But there are also tons of people who tend to not realize they are being nickeled and dimed into putting down hundreds of dollars on a single game. That is addictive spending behavior, which is exactly what a lot of companies are counting on for the bulk of their profit margin. It’s really no different than the old ladies who sit at a slot machine for days at a time.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            I put more credit into folks than that. Everything has its whales and yes those who spend too much. Again, it really isn’t anyone else’s business to judge someone based on how they spend their money or choose to spend their time. Collectible card games encouraged folks to buy just one more booster, it was always going to take just one more quarter to finish a video game level. Someone does not magically become ‘stupid’ just because they did either of those things.

            Worry about our own lives before we go throwing rocks through another’s window.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            I also find it funny how you completely ignored the “you see how that works’ part of my statement as saying Hey i can post like that two next time read the whole comment. Just because YOU find it stupid (funny) doesn’t mean he has a right to call that person stupid for spending THEIR money on something THEY enjoy so yes it is Bigoted nice job trying to defend that.

          • n b

            you tell this guy not to judge people a the while your judging him and calling him a bigot way to be a hypocrite

          • “Please if you are going to post a reply, post something that is meaningful and not trash.”

            Take your own advice.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            to bad I don’t post trash.yet its ok to call people stupid but mk :P still pretty funny coming from you.

          • n b

            everything you’ve posted so far I see as hateful trash nothing wrong with that I do it to but its all trash damn near every comment on this site is trash

          • Don’t get what part of Luna comment make you think like that…it’s really baffling.

          • n b

            no its like saying playing scrabble when you have to buy each piece individually is meaningless cause he’d rather buy the whole game as one and see the creators put some effort into the game. come on all you people reading this, phone games are quick cheap and often repetitive and you know it. if you like them great but you could get the same experience and more if it was on anything but a phone. I’m disappointed that this game comes out for a phone when I would love to play it but guess I have to buy a 500 dollar iphone just to play it.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Hey guys, haven’t had to do one of these for awhile, but please keep the thread on topic. Friendly group reminder.

  • kuroneko0509

    Not again. Where’s my Tactics 3DS :(

  • Ethan_Twain

    Hey guys, I think maybe it’s better to root for this. Top social games have been getting handheld ports. Puzzle and Dragon is coming to 3DS, Million Arthur (From Square Enix even!) is coming to Vita. Perhaps it wouldn’t be so far off to see this as maybe the beginning of our next FF tactics entry.

    • JustThisOne

      I’m kind of hoping that it’s something along the lines of this too. Sometimes, social games are a way of creating buzz for a franchise.

  • Of cour$e they made a $ocial game instead of a real sequel.
    But ah well. Maybe it’ll breath life again on the 3DS sometime soon.

    • Randy Marsh

      I wouldn’t suggest a sequel to the original Tactics, since Yasumi Matsuno is no longer at Square. Square would probably just windup with another Tactics A2. Not that Tactics A2 is a bad game though, but the game had a bland story, cardboard characters, and lots and lots of plot holes. Plus Tactics ended good, well aside from the whole Orran getting burnt at the stake thing by the church, ugh spoilers….

      • Miss_Madness

        Alright I’m confused are you talking about Tactics on the playstation or just tactics advance on the GBA. or both?

        • Colin Hunter

          Do you not realize that Tactics advance had a sequel called tactics A2?

          • Miss_Madness

            When he said “the original tactics” I was confused on which one since there is Tactics and tactics advance 1.

          • Randy Marsh

            I was explaining what would most likely happen if they tried to make a sequel to the original Tactics without Matsuno.

          • Miss_Madness

            Oh no I understood what you were talking about. It’s just me being dumb and wondering if you were talking about Tactics or Tactics advance as the original. Since mentioned A2 and not A1. so yeah just me being dumb.

  • Charmchar

    I’m going to assume the social part of this game is going to be the battling of teams between two people. I keep getting this feeling square’s going to charge you for the jobs

  • surakian

    I want my Tactics A3DS. :c

    This seems to have been in development for awhile, long before SE made that “no more social games” announcement. If it plays like a tactics game rather than a “tap to win” mobage garbage game, that’d make it worth it.

    Square Enix made 7 billion yen in mobile games this last financial year (1 billion up from last year), so it is profitable for them to release these games. It isn’t what we want (oh god it definitely isn’t what we want) but SE makes money from it because Japan actually eats these games up. If only they could stop meddling with the Final Fantasy franchise to make money like this.

    • $36598391

      I’m a bit tired of the Tactics Advance series, the law system was extremely dull and caused you to have to shift what classes/skills you would use

      I’d like to see a game from the main Tactics series

      • Ferofax

        I don’t mind the law system. It helps prevent players from taking a cookie cutter team and bumrushing the entire game with it. Really, it’s in the player’s best interest to experience everything the game has to offer. If this means you have put some uber class/skill combo then so be it.

        Besides, it’s not like they didn’t implement features that let you bypass some of the stricter laws.

        • I agree that the Law system was actually not bad. But I would also like to see a whole new FFT game, especially after A2 proved to be such an uninspired sequel to the original Advance, at least apart from the core gameplay.

    • ronin4life

      I would much rather see a 3ds entry, only because then I would be sure that it would be a fully featured value for money solid tactics game.

      If this ends up being all that, then the platform doesn’t matter. But at this point in time… I don’t know. And that bums me out, to think we may have been denied a real solid product in exchange for a comparatively piecemeal cash grab.

      So I will try to pay attention and follow this title, but My hopes aren’t exactly high.

  • Randy Marsh

    Takehiro Ando lied to me! Eh whatever, considering the fact I actually have fun with Airborne Brigade, I’ll give this a chance if it comes to the U.S.

  • Eilanzer

    my worse nightmare is happening…Square retiring from the console market…

  • KiTA

    So you’ll have an energy bar, it’ll have 1 click gameplay, you’ll have a Gachapon / Garapon random “card” thing, and you’ll get utter crap unless you pay real money and/or spend months grinding.

    Having said that, Rage of Bahamut has some rather nice art. :P

  • Christ

    They invented freakin’ Facebook for social gaming, why not use that?

  • CirnoLakes

    [screams internally]

  • $39420547

    i am still hoping for Final Fantasy Tactics A3

  • LaserVision

    There sure is a ton of belly aching for a game that will never be released in English.

  • Romangelo

    Didn’t they just said last month that they’re going to abandon the social media gaming?

    • JustThisOne

      Wait… am I crazy or did I read the exact opposite of that in an article early this month?

      Even though I’m not fond of social gaming myself, I’m pretty sure it’s in most game companies best interests to continue making social games. They sell well, and they’re cheap to make.

      • ShadowDivz

        As in funding for bigger and better games?

        • JustThisOne

          Haha, that I don’t know. :P I sure hope so.

  • I love FF Tactics… but I am not very sure about this one… Let’s see how it’ll be…

  • notforsale

    I don’t care about this company anymore, they are making my PS3 VERY lonely…

  • Adol Christin

    Hopefully with the success of this game, they will develop Tactics for Vita and 3DS.

    • Pockystix

      well, they have been porting social games to the Vita. . . o no

  • TheExile285

    I’m slowly but surely losing all faith in this company….

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    … … …

    The feelings I have right now… I can’t even put in words, but one thing is for sure: my anger levels are topping out…

    I don’t even…

  • Pockystix

    I like how they admitted that their Final Fantasy brand name was damaged a while back

    So what have they done to actually fix that?

    Keep making incredibly obvious cash grabs that belittle the value of the franchise!


  • DyLaN

    Must every single SE article end in a train wreck? Srsly guys….

  • Sounds like a tactical error if you ask me.

  • Jet Jenkins

    Might as well have fun dicking around with the remaining funds before it goes kaput.

  • Ni

    I can’t get angry or anything about this. for some reason i was already expecting this to happen :v
    Square made me lost the interest in them a few years ago.

  • Ferrick

    you shouldn’t have done that SE~
    *plays elegy of emptiness in SE office on infinite loop*

  • J_Joestar

    last remotely good news i’ve heard about SE was Bravely Default coming to the west, and thats thanks to Nintendo publishing it… hearing this, i don’t think i’ll be hearing anything decent about the company for quite some time.

  • prinnywin

    Ramza would be ashamed of this injustice.

  • Can’t wait to get Chrono Break as a Facebook game.

  • TheBlackKnight3

    Square- the only Japanese company I’m disappointed with right now. Every other company pretty much has been able to pull through with great releases on the 3DS. Meanwhile, Dragon Quest Monsters and VII go another day untranslated. I can honestly say, that if it weren’t for the fact they own Eidos, Square Enix would be the company I dislike the most in the gaming industry.

  • *Reads title*
    Yup, just another fucking day.

  • ShadowDivz

    I would kill for a Crystal Chronicles game as awesome as the one on Gamecube was. Until then, more social games….
    *half heartedly* yay?
    I don’t even understand waht the hell a social game is. I mean…. do you talk to people like MSN or do you just talk to NPCs like a dating sim? Or is ” a social game” just a game on phone?

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