Square Enix Is Bringing Final Fantasy III To PC

By Spencer . April 18, 2014 . 1:01am


Before the Nintendo DS remake, Final Fantasy III was the least accessible game in the series since it was only available for Famicom in Japan. Now Luneth, the silvered haired Final Fantasy III protagonist is everywhere. Square Enix brought Final Fantasy III to DS, iOS (pictured), Android, PSP, and Ouya.


Next, Final Fantasy III is coming to PC. A rating by Germany’s USK board leaked the news.



While Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII already had PC ports, Final Fantasy III for PC is a new version of the game. That’s interesting to see and perhaps Square Enix is considering to bring even more Final Fantasy games to PC.

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  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Be nice if they would make a pc oriented non mmo rpg. You know cause we’d love more jrpgs

    • Last Remnant?

      • A whole one jrpg, wow :D
        But seriously. PC was never a place for jRPG fans and probably never will be.

        • brostar

          That’s not necessarily true. There have been quite a few JRPG games released on PC. Unfortunately not many made it to the west. And now with the recent success of Japanese games on Steam, JP devs are starting to pay attention to PC again. Money talks.

        • Nihon Falcom is notorious for their PC RPG franchises like the Kiseki and Ys series though

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        I’ve already played it thanks

    • pokeslob

      unfortunately PC games are geared for PC gamers, which in the west means strat/fps/and indie, and in the east means hentai..

  • Alex Sargeant

    Interesting. I guess it’ll be the iOS/Android version? I guess that’d mean FF4 would be the next one up.

    • FF4 would be neat to have, but I imagine what they’d be basing this off of is the PSP or the OUYA version (namely, that they’d have the controller input and no on-screen interfaces).

      But, hey, if this sells well, we might see a conversion of FF4 soon enough.

      • Sora96

        Ouya is Android…the DS, iOS, PSP, Android & Windows Phone versions are all basically the same except some look better.

        • Technically, the OUYA one is said to have been actually upscaled into HD, and in general, you have to remember the interfaces that might be a part of the games.

          Just because it is the same game, doesn’t mean it’s using the same interface. iOS, Android, and Windows Phone (yeah it’s apparently on Windows Phone too) all would have touch screen stuff, but that’s not gonna be necessary on a PC version, is it?

  • Shoot, if this means they’ll bring more FF games to PC that haven’t been on PC before, I’m all for it.

    Though jesus, they’ve brought this game to everywhere basically now, huh? Now we just need console releases, and it’ll literally be everywhere.

    • Time Sage

      A translation of the orginal 2D version would be nice though.

  • CirnoLakes

    Eeee, yes!

    This is great! Not only is Final Fantasy III one of my more favourite Final Fantasy games, but this means that Square Enix is now porting games that previously never had a PC port at all!

    Square Enix really is favoring the PC! Oh this is so great! I’m really looking forward to buying this on Steam!

    • I’ve played FF4 all the way about 3 times, and still haven’t beaten CoD.


  • Slickyslacker

    Incredible. I adore III myself, and I suppose this will be based off the DS/PSP version.

  • Pietro Spina

    The Ouya version is terrible… without any texture filter or optimization °_°

    • LustEnvy


  • John Diamond

    wow. so another place to get FFIII???

  • LustEnvy

    Been awhile since I played it on the DS. I’d buy it for PC. One can never say there’s too many JRPGs on PC. Considering it’s fully rendered in 3D, it should look MUCH better than VIII, VIII, IX.

    I dunno if I’d want FFIV though, since the PSP version was just…perfect. I know they’d probably port the 3DS version.

    I’m a sucker for high quality 2D sprite based JRPGs.

    • rekka_zan

      FF IV PSP was perfect, indeed. We need more pixel beauties like that o/

    • pokeslob

      I’m glad someone agrees with me on that, the PSP versions of I, II, and IV blew my mind!! I’d like to see V and VI done in a similar fashion only for vita :3

    • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

      I haven’t played FFIV in a long time (8+ years), but you and everyone else is having me geared towards buying the PSP version. :P Maybe my Vita won’t collect dust after all!

  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    Why is this given ‘sticky’ special status?

    Biased SE coverage!

    • Because it *would* represent a fairly significant shift in direction for Square’s Japan side, if they began to focus more on the PC as a platform for distribution.

      • Or it’s a sign that this game’s received waaaaay too many ports to differing consoles already…

        • Time Sage

          Nope! Three is the least ported game of the Pre7 era non Japanese players never received a 2D version, just a 3D remake on the DS, which was then ported twice. That’s it.

    • seyEliveD

      It’s a recurring theme at Siliconera. SE prize give-aways, SE interviews, SE in-depth game previews, non-stop positive praise for SE…yeah, don’t come here if you’re looking for non-biased coverage.

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    I wonder why IX isn’t on Steam yet.

    • CirnoLakes

      Give it time. ;3

      If I could attempt a guess, other than the fact that they have to start somewhere. And it’s probably a good idea to port more older games than newer ones. I have the feeling that games like Final Fantasy III and other mobile games being programmed on Unity probably had some influence.

      This is one of the benefits of how popular mobile gaming is. Unity makes it very easy to port games to multiple systems. And it would seem that most of Square Enix’s mobile games have been programmed on/with Unity.

      • Stephen Mc Devitt

        I guess this means we’ll likely see IV to PC as well? What am I saying? IV is practically on everyone.

        The way XV was talked about, I hope demand is high enough for it to come to PC.

        • CirnoLakes

          I know there is some hype for Final Fantasy XV. But it honestly isn’t much my cup of tea. The way it looks reminds me a bit too much of the Final Fantasy XIII games, but with more focus on male characters, than characters like Lightning. Whereas I’m more into games such Final Fantasy XIV and Bravely Default.

          It would be great if it were better than I personally expect it to be, right now. But nothing I’ve seen about it personally excites me. And there are a lot of games as exclusives that would make me finally want to buy a PlayStation 4. But Final Fantasy XV isn’t one of them. And even if I did own a PlayStation 4 for whatever reason, I still might put off buying it for a long time simply because there are other games I would rather own. For instance, I still don’t own Final Fantasy XIII-2 or Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns, though I might eventually someday.

          Still, like many games that have me excited coming to the PC, Final Fantasy XV would, too. And if they released the game on Steam, I would probably buy it on “day one”. Whereas, if they released the game on the PlayStation 4, it might take me years to get around to buying it.

          Even moreso than Final Fantasy XV, I’d be excited to see Kingdom Hearts 3 on the PC. Or even more so, some of their other brands like the Secret of Mana franchise, but I’m afraid I haven’t been too enthusiastic for many of Squaresoft’s products since the 16-bit era. And many of my favourite themes and games don’t seem as popular today with them, like Secret of Mana(Seiken Densetsu 3 being one of my most favourite Squaresoft games of all time). But it appears that may be changing.

          It appears that Bravely Default may be changing Square Enix’s mind about things. Square Enix developing lots of ‘very Japanese’ games, localizing them, and releasing them for the PC sounds very exciting and promising. Especially if this leads to more localization of Enix games, and them also being released on the PC. Since Enix is my favourite part of Square Enix.

          • Stephen Mc Devitt

            The difference between XIII and XV is that Toriyama tried to much make his game like a movie but his idea of that was just loads and loads of cutscenes and making the game linear inspired by Call of Duty, which he also believed justify removing control from the player.

            XV on the other hand is being directed by Nomura, whose basing XV’s gameplay directly from Kingdom Hearts, an action-RPG that was already well received so we’ll have more control over fighting enemies.

            Another difference is that one of XV’s highlights include running around a city while fighting Leviathan while XIII’s non-interactive cutscenes with no real exposition. XV’s is said be more realistic while XIII’s pandered otaku teens. Hell, we know more of XV is about back in 2006 than XIII as an trilogy. Think about that for a moment.

            From the beginning, XV was said be made to be XIII’s exact opposite in almost every aspect, which could very well be a smart move given what kind of “game” XIII turned out to be.

            I don’t know about gameplay but I’m sure XV will be more Final Fantasy than XIII. Having chocobos and moogles doesn’t count.

          • CirnoLakes

            Oh, I definitely recognize that Final Fantasy XV has different direction than Final Fantasy XIII. Such as Nomura rather than Toriyama. I also like they way the combat looks, it looks like an improvement over Final Fantasy XIII.

            It still doesn’t quite look like my cup of tea, though. Particularly the cast of characters doesn’t appeal to me all that much so far.

          • Stephen Mc Devitt

            To be fair, we don’t really know them yet. Only ’til we finally get to play the game we’ll see if the characters are good or not, I mean they aren’t dressed as annoyingly as Vanille.

    • Audie Bakerson

      Being SE, they likely lost all the assets.

      And honestly, unless they REALLY changed up the port, I can’t see myself being very interested. 9 had so many ways of “hiding” the PS1’s terrible disc read speed (which isn’t relevant on modern hardware) that the game is unplayable without a fastforward.

      • RajaNaga

        What…..? The loading in FFIX is totally playable. Not at all near the horrible times of games like the SNES FF ports on PSX, or Okage or Takes of the Abyss on PS2. FFIX is a masterpiece imo, even if it DID have horrible load times (which it doesn’t), it is very much worth playing.

        • Audie Bakerson

          The loading isn’t the problem, it’s the stuff they hide the loading with which doesn’t go away even if you are playing it off a PS3’s HDD and the loading happened long ago.

          • Scott


    • DarthBrian

      VII and VIII were already released on PC a long time ago. They just had to make them compatible with new computers. If they want to put IX on Steam, they’ll have to port it from scratch. I hope they do this.

  • Timovisch

    Won’t be long now till we get our PC version of FFIV.

    One can never have too many versions of FFIV.

    • CirnoLakes

      “One can never have too many versions of FFIV.”

      I mean this. And completely unironically. Just in case that was a joke.

      • Timovisch

        Oh no. I’d buy it for sure. FFIV + After Years are in my top 5 FF games. :)

        • CirnoLakes

          Well that’s great then. I think you have great taste.

      • Impressionnant

        Well, it does have the objectively-best, and most earnest story.

      • Carl Stones

        I currently own the PS1, GBA, DS, PSP, and Bandai WonderSwan Color versions.

        The BWSC version is all in Japanese, but I still beat it without having to read a single thing.

        Best game in the series, or best game ever?

    • Internet is Crash

      You can never have enough Rydias

      • Monterossa

        And adult Porom.

        • Nel Arrancar

          and adult rydias and poroms <3 Giggity

    • Morricane

      Unlike FFIII, yes. Actually true :)

  • Are they interested in Steam ?

    • Sora96

      They’re all on Steam..

  • Gyro Zeppeli

    I guess this means we’ll be getting the really ugly looking mobile versions of FFV and FFVI on PC in the future? I’d hope they include some kind of option to use the original sprites, but I doubt it.

  • Aaron Lee

    …complete with Square’s DRM thing I wager!

  • Audie Bakerson

    Place your bets on what typos they’ll add in this port.

  • Ethan_Twain

    That’s cool – I kinda like FF III. I mean, it’s basically Bravely Default. Or rather, Bravely Default is basically FF III with as much stuff piled on top of that framework as possible. So FF III doesn’t have the story content of Bravely Default, but that’s not such a bad thing really. It also has a more old school battle system, but I kinda like old school battle systems!.

    I don’t see myself purchasing this just because I have the DS version and have played FAR too much of it, but I encourage anyone else who’s interested to give it a shot. It’s a throwback NES JRPG for sure… but it’s a pretty fun one!

  • RajaNaga

    This is interesting. I personally love this remake, so I’ll probably pick it up even though I own it on DS and PSP already.

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh. Final Fantasy 3… you know, I’ve only played the NES game for an emulator, and to say that it interested me would be… generous, I guess. But all in all I can’t say I saw in that game something worth pushing towards PC- starting with IV seems like a far better option. Am I just wrong and FF3 has a big fandom that I’m just not aware of that would make this a good choice over IV?

    • pokeslob

      no it doesn’t have the fandom, you’re not crazy…

      • Göran Isacson

        Well, good to know I’m still sane! Though someone else here stated that it may be the easiest game out there to port, and there might be a point to that? It exists on a whole lot of different formats, so maybe that’s the clincher. It’s just easy to start with it, and then we might see if they can port the rest.

  • James Enk

    not a big fan of the game to be honest but i see no problem having it on PC, now what i really want is FFIX on Steam because i’ve unfortunately missed that game

  • pokeroi

    SE is really the king of ports…

    • ElAbuelo69

      Agreed. But that’s not a bad thing for me.

      More consumers happy.

      More money for them.

      Now…they should also reaaaaaally focus on XV now though, I won’t deny that >.>

  • RunningWild1984

    Bring War Of The Lions to PC pls, with none of that slowdown crap.

    • Sora96

      Still waiting for the English version on Android…

      • savedR

        Seconded, and Secret of Mana, even though the Android Chrono Trigger port looks like garbage.

        • Sora96

          Is there an Android version of Secret of Mana in Japan?

  • Amber XLeonhart


  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    O_o the original template of Bravely Default is coming again.^_^

  • fairysun

    Square Enix keeps promoting Final Fantasy ….. except Final Fantasy XV.

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      We had better hear something at E3. It is supposed to be top priority ahead of KH3 so I would like to hear a release window.

    • Harvey Tejada Loto

      looks like troll face

  • MrRobbyM

    I wonder if this means they’re interested in bringing future or more recent FF games to PC. I know they kind of hinted at it with FFXV but at this rate, it seems more likely. I’d buy this if it’s not overpriced.

  • Awrans

    Not really what i excpected

  • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

    As much as I like FFIII, it’s one of those games where I can only play once in a blue moon due to some of the frustrating points of the game putting me off from time to time.

  • RablaAndrews

    Been meaning to replay this but I don’t have the DS version on me anymore. PC would be lovely. Hopefully we see the IV trio following it.

  • DesmaX

    Well, it is the easiest game on the franchise to port, considering it’s already on every platform possible. Makes sense

  • DarthBrian

    I hope this is a sign to come that Squeenix is interested in bringing even more games in the series to PC. I’m looking at you, FFIX.

    • savedR

      OMG YES. Via Steam, plz.

  • Scourge626

    Square-Enix: We’ll give you every Final Fantasy game except the one you have been asking for.

  • Monterossa

    HOLYFUCK!! I’m gonna be happier if FFIV/V/VI for smartphones will be ported to PC.

    • Chip

      …Why? They’re lame ports. Genuinely subpar art.

      • This.
        The sprite work looks very off on the mobile games.

      • Nogib

        You say that but they were done by the same artist who did the original sprites! So let go of nostalgia and accept the new designs for crying out loud.

        • Brandt Mackay

          Sorry but the mobile art for FFVI looks like RPG Maker VX shit. The Snes art was better suited; I can make an FF5/6 remake in RPG Maker easily.

        • How ’bout…no…Scott.

        • Chip

          How is name dropping the artist remotely relevant? The artwork is still low detail. It looks cheap. Not to mention the brighter color scheme doesn’t suit the game’s intended atmosphere.

          • CirnoLakes

            Well, I’ve always preferred brighter colour schemes.

      • CirnoLakes

        I think that’s a matter of opinion, personally.

        I like some of the art of the originals better, while I like some of the art of the ports better.

        For instance, I really like some of the sprites and how smooth they are in Final Fantasy VI for mobile.

  • Charles

    No IX? Damn you SE!

  • ElAbuelo69

    This is great news!!! :D

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    can’t wait to see the mods

  • Nicholas Perry

    Probably just exploiting the fact they made an Ouya/Android version. Isn’t Android just running off a Linux Kernel or something? Would probably be a less stressful gateway to a windows version.

  • Arvin Jay

    Nice…. Bring on 10 & 10-2 HD Remaster on PC too Square :3

  • Masa

    this is amazing, very excited as i still not tried this game yet.

  • Mugiwara

    Where is the love for VI?! I mean a decent remake like III and IV. Ò-Ó

    • 하세요

      Some masterpieces should be left untouched.

      • Mugiwara

        I have to agree. But if they do a decent job it could be awsome. Like Resident Evil Remake.

  • xzeldax3

    I really hope FFXV is put on steam because those few hints they have dropped are raising my hopes.

  • Samuel Giam

    If Square Enix is bringing Final Fantasy III and it’s a new version of it, the only new thing I want to see from it is the game retaining the DS version’s story but not the chibi 3D models and sprite backgrounds.

    Either full 3D character models and pre-rendered backgrounds like FF X and after or it’s a no-go for me, Square Enix already has the story for the DS version and even made its FMVs with full 3D models in pre-rendered backgrounds, so it’s no problem for them use 3D models and pre-rendered backgrounds again for the whole game in a PC environment since they have coup up their losses with good sales of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.

    It’s also a waste of GPU power if Square Enix decides to retain the chibi 3D models and sprite backgrounds for the PC version since PC gamers almost never use the integrated graphics of the CPU unless the graphics card is damaged.

  • Harvey Tejada Loto

    were to get serial code from ff7 pc

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Prepare to die and grind a lot. This game is arguably the hardest game in the franchise just for the utterly psychotic save point placement but the entire game is much more difficult than even FFXII and FFIV DS.

    It’s a shame since it’s very good but the difficulty is exhausting.

    • 하세요

      Only troublesome part I had was the ending gauntlet because there was no save between bosses + final boss, but I still didn’t wipe. Close ass call against Cloud of Darkness, but managed to revive everyone.

  • awkwardMEOW

    Hope so… I haven’t played FF3 yet since I don’t do portable systems…

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