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Final Fantasy IX Tribute Album EIDOLON Now Available

A new way to experience a classic soundtrack

SEATTLE - July 31, 2019 - Materia Collective has released EIDOLON: Music From Final Fantasy IX, a 63-track arrangement project paying homage to Nobuo Uematsu's iconic soundtrack. EIDOLON features everything from a big band jazz version of "The Final Battle" and a rock opera take on "Roses of May" to a renaissance-themed arrangement of "A Place to Call Home" and a riveting musical-style rendition of "I Want to Be Your Canary," and so much more. Contributing artists include the Triforce Quartet, Videri String Quartet, and StringPlayerGamer, videogame composers John Robert Matz (For the King), and Robby Duguay (Fossil Hunters), and many others. The album is licensed and available wherever digital music is sold:

"We thought the next Final Fantasy cover album from Materia Collective was long overdue, and we both have a big love for the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack," comment album producers Emily McMillan and Joe Chen. "As the game focuses so much on character development and connections, we wanted to celebrate those ideas with a theme of collaboration. Each track on EIDOLON is the work of multiple Materia Collective artists working together to develop their interpretations of the classic music of Final Fantasy IX."

Download/stream the album through multiple storefronts here

Square-Enix releasing Final Fantasy IX Vivi and Steiner figurines

The duo returns

Square Enix is continuing with their line of Final Fantasy IX figurines, as they've revealed that Vivi and Steiner versions are on the way. The figurines come with multiple weapons for accessories, as well as fire effect parts for Vivi. No word on when these figurines will release just yet.

Final Fantasy IX's music bug has been patched

Enjoy the music as it was originally intended

Back at the end of June, Square-Enix announced that they were working on a patch to fix Final Fantasy IX's music issue on Switch. Players had noticed that background music would restart after every battle or Tetra Master match. The patch to fix that is now live, and the issue has been dealt with.

Fans give Final Fantasy IX's cut-scenes the 4K treatment

Polishing the rose-tinted glasses

Back when Final Fantasy IX originally launched, most of us were happily playing games on our standard def TVs. Game consoles didn't focus on HD visuals, and it was a simpler time. Nowadays, all the talk with gaming is about 4K, 60FPS, and all that jazz. That's why some Final Fantasy fans have taken a dive back into history to bring Final Fantasy IX up to speed with today's trends.

In the video above, you can see all of the cut-scenes from Final Fantasy IX's first disc in 4K glory. There's no doubt the scenes look more visually impressive, but I'd say they lost a bit of their charm. Perhaps that's nostalgia talking, but I am an old man after all!

Square-Enix working on Final Fantasy IX patch to fix background music issue

Sounds good!

Square-Enix has heard your complaints about the background music issue in Final Fantasy IX, and a fix is in the works. This patch will remove the issue with background music restarting after every battle or Tetra Master match. No word on this patch's release date has been shared.

Square-Enix on why their Final Fantasy remasters are so popular, details the process of bringing Final Fantasy IX to Switch

Finally remastered

Game remasters aren't anything new, but few of them attract the attention that Final Fantasy does. The series holds a very dear place in the hearts of fans, which is why so many are eager to revisit classic titles when Square-Enix revamps them. In an interview with HollywoodReporter, Final Fantasy executive producer Shinji Hashimoto elaborates upon the popularity of their Final Fantasy remasters.

I want to say that the Final Fantasy series sort of acted like a trailblazer in this respect, but perhaps that’s a bit of an overstatement! Final Fantasy XII, for example, has been incredible – it’s sold more than a million copies. New games nowadays are of course created with amazing technology, but back then – and I think other companies also understand this – there was a certain intensity in the creators’ pursuit of what they wanted to create, and I think the very way in which games were created at the time differs from how it is today. That meticulous attention to detail has been ingrained into players as part of the gaming culture during that time, and consequently, even ten, twenty years later, you can see that the “classics never go out of style,” so to speak. People’s memories of each of the mainline Final Fantasy titles attest to how deeply this avenue of entertainment has impacted the lives of each of the players from back then. Though I’d love to introduce a brand new title once again for them to play in this generation, I still think that for people in their thirties or forties today, the mainline Final Fantasy titles they experienced as teens or in their twenties will always be unforgettable. With this significance in mind, we consider these past titles as treasures.

One of those remasters is Final Fantasy IX, which recently hit the Switch. Most people believe the Switch version is a port of the mobile release, but Mr. Hashimoto says that's not the case.

“Based off of the mobile version” isn’t entirely accurate – to start, we used the original Final Fantasy IX as a base and re-created the game using the Unity engine. Using that version as a base, we created the mobile version as well as the Steam and Switch versions. As such, it’s not actually based off of the mobile version; rather, it’s based off of the version created on Unity. The mobile version was released first, so I think there may be many people who think that was the version used as the base, but in fact that isn’t the case. Additionally, when it comes to other titles, we wouldn’t necessarily use this method every time – we port titles using the method best suited for each one, so it varies.

Square-Enix releasing new Zidane and Garnet figurines in Japan

Fantasy becomes reality

Square-Enix has revealed a new pair of official figurines for Final Fantasy IX's Zidane and Garnet. This is a two-figure set that is jam-packed with all sorts of accessories like weapons, body parts, and more.

The two-figure set will include a boatload of accessories – including Zidane and Garnet’s respective weapons. Garnet even gets alternate heads with shorter hair, to reflect her pivotal transformation partway during Final Fantasy IX. Both figurines are set to launch in Japan sometime in Sept. 2019.

Square-Enix shares 'Inside Final Fantasy IX' video feature

Inside FINAL FANTASY IX takes a look at some of the secrets and anecdotes from the development of the game, featuring interviews with, Shinji Hashimoto (Producer), Toshiyuki Itahana (Artist), Kazuhiko Aoki (Event Designer) & Nobuaki Komoto (Event Planner).

The first in an ongoing series of developer featurettes, “Inside FINAL FANTASY” takes viewers on a deep dive into the legacy of the series bringing together interviews with a variety of original creators, artists and developers.

Final Fantasy IX Remastered Vs. Original - comparison footage

Nintendo fans know just one version of Final Fantasy IX, as the Switch release is the only one to ever hit a Nintendo system. That means we got the remastered version, but are you curious to see how it stacks up to the original? Check out the video above to see a comparison.

Final Fantasy IX on Switch includes the same music bug that plagued the PC/mobile/PS4 versions

Final Fantasy IX has a bug on Switch that isn't huge, but it can certainly become annoying to audiophiles. While playing through the game, you might start to notice that music tracks will restart following each and every battle. This isn't supposed to happens, as tracks are meant to pick up where they left off after a battle. The really bad news is that this bug has very little chance of happening.

The same music bug was present in the PS4 version of the game, as well as the PC and mobile versions. If Square-Enix didn't fix the bug on those platforms, then it's likely the bug will remain on Switch as well.

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