Final Fantasy Tactics On iPhone Happened Due To Fan Demand


Square Enix have put up a brief Q&A with Takehiro Ando, producer from their Japanese iOS team that worked on Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions for iPhone and is currently preparing the game for an iPad release. In the Q&A, Ando reveals that there are plans for a patch, which will allow player to speed up battles in War of the Lions.


He also briefly talks about how the Tactics iOS porting project came about.


“The FFT iOS porting project was brought about because we had so many requests for it from our customers.  In short, it is not overstating things to say that being able to play FFT on iOS really was made possible by our customers,” Ando says.


“We hope you can look forward to guessing what our next releases are going to be and are of course also very grateful for all the feedback, opinions and requests that everyone keeps on sending in.  We are, of course, also looking into new projects as well so look out for those too ok!”


Finally, Ando mentions that he sees iPhone and iPad as separate platforms, which is why Square Enix often release two separate versions of games for both devices. Like Final Fantasy Tactics, the iOS versions of Final Fantasy III are separate releases, too. That said, Square are looking into creating more universal apps as well.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.