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Square Enix has announced that one of the most fan-loved but corporately neglected JRPGs that anyone outside of Japan has had a hard time getting a hold of will soon arrive for the PS4 and Xbox One in North America and Europe. That's right, Final Fantasy Type-0 will be coming at some point in the near future for both Sony and Microsoft's eighth-gen systems.
According to Eurogamer the game will be retooled for home consoles after going through some massive transformations on barely-casual gaming platforms.
According to game director Hajime Tabata...
"The voice of our Western fans was instrumental in the development of Final Fantasy Type-0, and we're very excited to release this title soon," ... "The new PlayStation 4 system and Xbox One platforms have really helped to re-envision this dynamic and turbulent world of Orience."
Back in 2011 it was made clear that Final Fantasy Type-0 – despite lots of fan-interest and plenty of core gamers requesting for Square to port the game – would stay on the PSP for the Japanese audience. This stance by Square was reiterated in 2012 when the now-defunct 1up brought us the news that there was a strong unlikeliness for Final Fantasy Type-0 to leave the land of the rising sun, even though the Facebook operators at the company said that they were listening.
However, it was eager-as-beaver gamers from within the gaming community that took on the task of translating Final Fantasy Type-0 all on their own that gave the rest of interactive entertainment's fan-centric society some hope that the highly lauded JRPG could become playable for English-speaking gamers.
In fact, Siliconera recently published an article noting that the fan translation of Final Fantasy Type-0 has officially gone live for the import copy of the game for the PSP.
This news from Square Enix that the game is getting a console overhaul for the eighth-gen twins couldn't have come at a better time. Anyone who was die-hard enough to want to play the game on PSP can grab an imported copy from Japan and the free English translation from right here, and this helps to give you a bit of incentive to see how the game will look when it finally arrives for the PS4 and Xbox One.
The only thing I'm curious about is how much of the engine and core mechanics will have to be overhauled to fit the structure of the bigger console's controllers, graphics capabilities and gameplay mechanics? Even more importantly than that, will this release as a hold-me-off until Final Fantasy XV or is it coming after? So many questions.
I'm definitely interested to see how Square upscales this once highly requested title for both the PS4 and Xbox One. Until we get more info, for now we can just keep our fingers crossed that this isn't some game that will get pushed far back into the nether of 2017 or later.