HOT TOPIC: FI­NAL FAN­TASY

Fi­nal Fan­tasy’s back cat­a­logue joins Xbox One

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It’s been run­ning for more than 30 years, span­ning 15 main ti­tles and dozens of spinoffs, ce­ment­ing it as one of the world’s best known videogame series. Fi­nally some of its most fa­mous en­tries are com­ing to Xbox. That’s right, Fi­nal Fan­tasy VII and a bunch of oth­ers will be playable on the world’s most pow­er­ful con­sole from early 2019. Fans of old-school RPGs will be re­joic­ing at the news, and for those of you who haven’t played any of the back cat­a­logue, it’s a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore what makes the series beloved by so many. Un­for­tu­nately not ev­ery game will make the jump, but soon you’ll be

able to play VII, IX, X, X-2, XII and World Of Fi­nal Fan­tasy Max­ima – a cutesy spin-off with toy-like ver­sions of all of the series’ he­roes. Each one will be the lat­est HD re-re­leases, but with one no­table ab­sence – VIII won’t be join­ing the party as there’s no mod­ern ver­sion of it avail­able to play. So any Squall or Seifer fans will have to con­tinue their mop­ing for a while longer yet.

“Fans of old­school RPGs will be re­joic­ing at the news”

In the past Fi­nal Fan­tasy was fa­mous for only be­ing avail­able to play on Sony con­soles. The re­leases come at a time when the bound­aries be­tween con­soles is soft­en­ing with

Fort­nite cross­play lead­ing the charge and the fact that this Ja­panese pow­er­house series is com­ing to Xbox is en­cour­ag­ing. Mi­crosoft al­ready works closely with Nin­tendo, and now with more tra­di­tional PlayS­ta­tion­based games com­ing to all con­soles per­haps the bar­ri­ers are weak­en­ing and we’ll all ex­pe­ri­ence a shared gam­ing utopia in the near fu­ture.

Here’s hop­ing Fi­nal Fan­tasy XIV, the series lat­est MMO, will be one of the first games to make that jump. You’ll be able to play these clas­sic games from early 2019.

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