Final Fantasy XV is a lot of things to a lot of people, but the general consensus seems to be that it’s a solid game with a good story about some good boys going on a road trip together while monsters, magic and other Final Fantasy stuff happens around them.
The Android platform does have a game under the Final Fantasy XV banner, but it’s not exactly what fans are clamoring for. Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire came out shortly after the main game released on consoles, and it’s basically just a reskin of immensely popular defense game, Mobile Strike, and from the same developers. It was a low-effort, low-quality release and fans of the franchise deserved better, honestly.
And rather than just a slimmed down port with touch controls, it is so much more than that. The game is a completely new experience built for mobile from the ground up. The art style goes from the pseudo-realistic fantasy world of the PS4 release to the cute, chibi version commonly used in the Nintendo DS remakes (and later, Android, of course) of other Final Fantasy games.
It’s adorable, and looks like a worthy addition to the franchise, joining a long list of expansions and other promotions to stem from Final Fantasy XV, a game that is way better than it has any right to be given its prolonged and maligned development period.
See it in action below:
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition will hit smartphones this fall. Square Enix also recently announced that the full Final Fantasy XV game will be available on PC with an enhanced version “early next year.”