Final Fantasy IV recounted on PSP April 19

Complete Collection of Square Enix role-playing game includes original Super Nintendo saga with visual overhaul in addition to The After Years episodic Wii epilogue.

In 2007, Square Enix released revamped versions of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II for the PSP to commemorate the role-playing game series' 20th anniversary. While the publisher opted not to honor Final Fantasy III in such fashion, Square Enix is back on board for the fourth installment, today announcing Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection for the PSP.

The After Years has never been available as a retail product before.

Set for release April 19, The Complete Collection will include Final Fantasy IV--with revamped visuals to take advantage of the PSP's widescreen format--as well as its epilogue, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. The episodic series of downloadable titles was originally released in 2009 on the Wii; this will mark the first time it has been available as part of a retail product.

Originally released in 1991, Final Fantasy IV is better known by another name in North America. Because original publisher SquareSoft hadn't released the second or third installments in the series internationally, the company decided to release the game as Final Fantasy II when it hit North America later that year.

For more on the PSP package's source material, check out GameSpot's induction of Final Fantasy II into its Greatest Games of All Time collection, as well as the review of The After Years.

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58 comments
torbonator
torbonator

@texasgoldrush ff7 is one of the best game's ever made and you can't take that away from it, what you have just said is complete rubbish

Old_Schooler_Dan
Old_Schooler_Dan

IDK, I've played this game so many times -- in every version it's been in -- and I think I might be burned out on it. Also, some of the things done in the DS remake left a bad taste in my mouth for FF4. Let's just get on with FF5 & FF6, please. Those are great games, and they've gone untouched for too long. A FF5 remake done with this treatment would be pretty sweet; and a FF6 remake, be it on Sony, or Nintendo, is fugging mandatory at this point.

Old_Schooler_Dan
Old_Schooler_Dan

This is bizarre, and unexpected -- wow -- and I should cry out at the absurdity of it all, if it wasn't for the fact that I am highly intrigued.

gkhalifa
gkhalifa

why dont they make full remake for the game cause the original FF IV graphics sucks I wish that they make the games or any other remakes for the game like crisis core : ff7 graphics

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

FFVII is also the most overrated in the series. It was the game that came out at the right time. It has a lot of detractors as well. The movie sucks, even Spirits Within was better.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@texasgoldrush, it does not matter which game has more critical acclaim, it's more about the fans. FF7 brought most of the new comers to the series, it had it's own movie(which rocks), and also it has a huge fanbase. Many Final Fantasy fans want a FF7 remake then any other game as today.

goodemon
goodemon

After All these years I still must wonder, what was the deal with never releasing Final Fantasy III outside of Japan except on Nintendo DS? One has to wonder is Final Fantasy III one of those licensed exclusive games Nintendo forced some developers into back in the day?

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

@Ex-DarkBlade I can say FFVI is better as it has more critical acclaim (IX being 2nd), as well as it is less divisive than any other game in the series, other than IV.

benleslie5
benleslie5

I liked the story for FF IV but it would be nice if they released Final Fantasy V and VI for the PSP. Because they've remaked Final Fantasy IV quite a few times now from the PS1, GBA and DS.

Valacan
Valacan

Wait, which version of the millions of FFIV remakes is this going to be like? The GBA version with the bonus dungeons? The DS version with redone graphics and voice overs? The SNES version? The PSX version? Wait. I just realized I don't care anymore.

sandrockcstm88
sandrockcstm88

All I can say is, this had better be the Japanese translation and not the crappy English localization. If I don't hear the phrase "You spoony bard!" in the first hour of play, this is going in the fireplace.

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

I was excited thinking it was a remake like teh ds game. As much as I like the old FFs this is a joke, they got a complete revamp for the DS instead we get a port

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

an i just wanna say this i have played every final fantasy except V anVI, an i realy, realy wanna play 5 an 6, mainly 6, it looks amazing, so iwish SE would release them on the psn or somthing!

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

well its a proven fact that ff10 is the best!!!!!!!!!

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@texasgoldrush, everybody has different taste in video games. You like FF6 the best, and I like FF7 the best. But you can't say FF6 is better than FF7 because most of the fans loved FF7 compared any other game in the series.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

finally, a final fantasy remake for the well deserved PSP and not the DS

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

I bought FF Anthology and FF Origins on the PS1 when I realised I wasn't going to get the originals for less than £20 each on eBay... But FF4 remains my sprite based favourite and I can't wait to play it and its sequel on the PSP. Thanks Square, you did something right after 5 years of waiting.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I have only played 3 7 8 9 and 13. I want a collection of 1-6 in a single retail version. Is that too much to ask!? Its not like they are large files!

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

Curse you Square Enix... I want a FF6 remake... *cries*

toddx77
toddx77

@Animatronic64 I know XIV is horrible but to deny its existence? Then again I spent $80 on the collectors edition and when you pay that much for a game you find things to like about it lol.

KnightsBlazing
KnightsBlazing

Yay anouther remake of my 2nd fav FF game now lets get a remake of VI please :3

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

um just got iv for 2 dollars lol , no need for this ,

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

One day SE will eventually remake and rehash every Final Fantasy ever released. Let's hope that day comes sooner then later :)

SILKA_II
SILKA_II

You might have to still download the Episodes like on the Wii.

LordelX
LordelX

Ha ha ha...Final Fantasy IV fans keep getting what they want while Final Fantasy VII fans keep getting the shaft. That's okay, IV is the better game anyway.

finaleve
finaleve

@franzito While I would agree, they at least added content that actually adds to the story. Even though I already own The After Years, but what bugs me is that they went back to the sprites. Not that I dislike them (I grew up with them), but they remade it with updated graphics.

cameio
cameio

will get it Day one with Parasite EVE 3d birthday too, i hope they release it in PSN ;)

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

Also, the video looked like the original After Years content. The article dosen't mention that The After Years is going to get a graphical overhaul, but it looks amazing! I mean you saw the animation for Vibra Edge right? All your spoiled rich kid, PS3 playing XBOX live frags and Motion Sensor Wiicrap cannot explain how awsome it was to see Cecil Harvey raise his dark blade and unleash Darkness as a little 2D sprite. It CANNOT be done. Also, you missed the greatest FF, which is a tie between FFIV and FFX.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

Spoony bards rejoyce! Not only do we get another adaptation of the original game, but we also get The After Years! Instant buy!

franzito
franzito

Oh, another re-re-re-relase of Final Fantasy game!

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

Final Fantasy VII is not a bad game. But VI is a lot better. There's nothing to argue here. Unfortunatly, a lot of younger people think VII is the best cause they didnt try Final Fantasy before that "Cloud" opus. But they are both great games. I agree with that. Sadly, that's not the case anymore. FFXIII was one of the worst RPG i ever played (in fact it's not an RPG... it's a movie) and XIV was so pointless and buggy that it's already forgotten. Damm, i miss the old days. However, i salute the idea of FFIV remake. It was a great RPG. A lot better than the stuff Square is doing today. You know what Square is now? The mcdonald's of RPG. I.E.: Scrap. The king is now From Software.

Evenios
Evenios

dammit and i just sold my psp!

Garren666
Garren666

"@fredyellowone I still don't know why so many people hate ff7? I think it is great. The story is terrific. But my opinion might be biased because I have played FF8. (everything ff7 was but 6 billion times worse)" There fixed that for ya.

TSNAKE617
TSNAKE617

@nocoolnamejim That video's from the After Years, which doesn't sound like it will be remade, so I'd expect the same quality in the PSP version unless they plan to let the graphics drop drastically for a portion of the game. Hopefully a Final Fantasy 6 remake gets better treatment than what I expect this will.

WiredRM
WiredRM

My goodness, Square loves to re-release FF IV. I have a special place in my gaming heart for the title, but... I mean, come on! They need to give this treatment to, say, FFVI or perhaps one of the PSX FF titles.

dexter_graves
dexter_graves

Since I don't own a PSP, I kind of wish they'd hold off on this one. If it were on the NGP they could add touch screen features, which would be well suited for a classic Final Fantasy game. It would be very cool to be able to play out battles by touching onscreen icons, rather than having to use a clumsy cursor to select battle tactics. And I'm disappointed that Squenix isn't including a port of the DS FFIV remake. Getting to play an HD remastered version of FFIV is still pretty cool but this feels like half a package. And I would rather be able to play it on a large screen. I wonder if the port team will make any alterations to "After Years" so it doesn't suck. I'm not sure if that's possible.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

The visuals have received a very nice upgrade. I'm at least considering a buy.

Ardain
Ardain

Now do this with Final Fantasy III and your golden. I always wanted to see FFIII to look like this than a complete remake of the DS version. If anyone remembers the ester egg in FFVI for the PSone you know what I'm talking about.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

A worthwhile release for the PSP since I missed the Super Nintendo version. I'll get this.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

Two thoughts: That's a scary random encounter rate in the video. Sure hope that's a coincidence. And I really hope that video is not representative of the visual overhaul we can expect of this game. Bonus thought: Who wouldn't want to have access to Final Fantasy IV on the PSP or some other mobile device?

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

@toddx77 What's XIV? Never heard of it. I have no idea what you're talking about. Nope. I'm not listening. It's not real.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@cyclonebw, what things you don't like about FF7? FF7 was the best FF in the series.

DiZ
DiZ

This one will complete my need for FF remakes. Awesome news.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Well, Animatronic64, you have your answer there. It's a matter of personal taste. As for me, I liked FFVI the best out of the main series, with VII being another of my favorites. But I wonder...will Square Enix not be satisfied until the remake every game in the series that was released prior to the Playstation? I'd like to see more love for Terra and Celes.

toddx77
toddx77

@Animatronic64 You forgot XIV lol.

theshonen8899
theshonen8899

@Animatronic64: That last part was hilarious.

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

I have no idea why people say "this Final Fantasy sucks" and "this Final Fantasy is better." It makes no sense to me. They're all pretty damn good. Except for XIII.