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.

Final Fantasy IX - another round of gameplay

Experience the adventure once again with characters and pre-rendered movies featured in high definition, as well as a new booster system with a selection of various modes such as "high speed" or "no encounters"!

Final Fantasy IX available on Switch today, Final Fantasy VII and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! coming soon (official PR)

Thursday, February 14, 2019 — LONDON – Fans and new players alike can celebrate the arrival of classic FINAL FANTASY® titles on modern platforms starting with today’s arrival of FINAL FANTASY IX on the Nintendo Switch™ system, the Xbox One family of devices, and Windows 10. The release is followed closely by Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!™ launching 20th March and FINAL FANTASY VII releasing on 26th March.

Originally released in 2000, FINAL FANTASY IX is a thrilling fantasy tale of love, war, magic and self-discovery. Newcomers and veterans alike can experience legendary moments with Zidane, Vivi, princess Garnet and others with modern enhancements on the Xbox One, Windows 10 and Nintendo Switch, including high-definition movies and character models, auto-save functionality and more.

The fun continues next month with Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! on the Nintendo Switch system and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on 20th March. The reworking of the 2007 game Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon is back and better than ever, with unique new dungeons, a new buddy system to recruit monsters and other characters as allies, and a local co-op system to play with your friends as you manoeuvre through randomly generated dungeons.

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! is now available for pre-order digitally. Fans who pre-order from the Nintendo e-Store will receive buddy chocobo “Alpha” and the Switch exclusive buddy chocobo “Machinist” DLC to assist players on their adventure at launch. Those who order on the PlayStation®Store will receive buddy chocobo “Alpha,” the PlayStation®4 exclusive buddy chocobo “Beastmaster” DLC, a PlayStation®4 theme, and Playstation™Network avatar bundle.

Additionally, on 26th March players can return to the original FINAL FANTASY VII on Nintendo Switch™ and the Xbox One family of devices. FINAL FANTASY VII follows the epic adventure of Cloud and his allies as they get caught up in a massive struggle to stop the threat of Sephiroth and save the planet. The title brings its groundbreaking story and gameplay with high-definition graphics and the addition of modern features such as auto-save, enemy encounter options and more.

Final Fantasy IX - gameplay footage

Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexandria. To their surprise, however, the princess herself yearned to escape the castle.

Square-Enix Bring Arts line to release Final Fantasy IX figures

Square-Enix is bringing Final Fantasy IX to the Switch in the future, which means for the first time ever, we can talk about Final Fantasy IX! It's perfect timing too, because Square-Enix is releasing a line of Bring Arts Final Fantasy IX figurines. The lineup will include Eiko, Quina, Amarant, and Kuja. Zidane, Vivi , Garnet, Steiner, Freya, and Beatrix have already received figurines.


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