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Final Fantasy IX director explains how the installment returned to the franchise's roots

Back to the beginning

The third and final interview in the Final Fantasy Portal Site’s series of Final Fantasy IX interviews is now available. In this installment, director Hiroyuki Ito tackles the tough question of what 'returning to roots' meant for this installment.

“I often get hounded by questions like, ‘What’s the concept for this game!?’ and I honestly want to respond to those with, ‘Who said there has to be a concept?’ But alas, in the adult world there are some things you can’t avoid. So yes, the hard-to-define phrase “returning to roots” was in place beforehand. What I mean by hard to define is, exactly what “roots” we’d be “returning” to wasn’t really clear.

“Obviously the roots of this series are Final Fantasy I. So, then, do we make another game like Final Fantasy I? Or do we try and recall the feelings from when Final Fantasy I was originally under development, essentially going back to our roots as game creators? Or do we appeal to the nostalgia crowd, making a title that feels like the games we love from the past? It’s not any specific one of those things, and on top of that every developer has their own feelings about their work.

“However, it does feel like over time, without anyone’s specific intention, those words ended up permeating the mindset we had during game creation, the concepts in the game, and the character of the product itself.

“Also, the highly deductive matters of what it really means to be human, what role circumstances play, consideration for others, kindness, hatred – I think that all of those concepts were reflected in the game.

“In other words, I think that perhaps getting back to the true nature of things is what ‘returning to roots’ could mean in this case. That just might be the overarching theme of Final Fantasy IX.”

This is just one of the questions answered in this final interview installment. You can check out the full feature here.

FINAL FANTASY IX 20th Anniversary Playlist Now Available

Relive the magic

In commemoration of FINAL FANTASY IX’s 20th anniversary, a collection of the game’s music tracks is now available on major online music streaming services. Enjoy a choice selection of music from most memorable scenes in the game as well as quirky tunes from its minigames. *Streaming service and music availability may vary by region.

Check out the various streaming options here

Final Fantasy IX scenario writer shares a special message for the game's 20th anniversary

20 years of FFIX

Final Fantasy IX is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, which is why Square-Enix put together an interview with event design and scenario writer Kazuhiko Aoki. Aoki shared a special message with fans for the anniversary, which you can see below.

“There were about 300 people at the party celebrating Final Fantasy IX’s completion. It was developed by a team divided between Japan and Hawaii, so about one-third of the faces there I had never seen before…I was surprised all over again at how many people were involved in the project.

I’m incredibly happy that Final Fantasy IX is loved by so many people; that’s been a huge motivator and confidence booster when facing jobs I’ve had since. I think that’s true not only for me, but also the many creators who worked on Final Fantasy IX as well. It would be nice to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary with everyone who was at the post-launch party.

Near the end of that party, there was a moment when the sound effect team went up on the venue’s stage. ‘In Final Fantasy X, there’s going to be this thing called Blitzball, and there will be a scene with the spectators cheering. We’d love if you would all be willing to help with that!’ they said. And I thought ‘…Oh, they’ve already started working on X.’ Just when I thought things were finished, they had already begun a new Final Fantasy. It really hit me being there, this is how the Final Fantasy series continues on forever.”

Square Enix "Final Fantasy IX: Kuja and Amarant Cora" Bring Arts Action Figure Set Revealed

Another figurine duo

Square-Enix continues their Bring Arts action figure set with the addition of Final Fantasy IX characters Kuja and Amarant Coral. Your purchase comes with both figurines, as well as extra accessories like alternate hands and a clawed weapon. This duo is set to launch in April 2020.

Square Enix "Final Fantasy IX: Freya Eiko and Quina" Bring Arts Action Figure Set Revealed

It figures

Square-Enix continues their Final Fantasy IX Bring Arts series with Eiko Carol and Quina Quen figurines. The two-figure set includes a host of accessories alongside the figurines themselves, including alternate faces, a Moogle, and a frog. The set will launch in Japan in Jan. 2020.

Square Enix "Final Fantasy IX: Freya Crescent & Beatrix" Bring Arts Action Figure Set Seeing Stateside Release

A pricey release for die-hard fans

From Square Enix. From final Fantasy IX, Freya the burmecian Dragon Knight and general Beatrix of the alexandrian army join the bring arts action figure line together in this amazing set! Freya, a burmecian, features beast-like qualities detailed in her hands, feet and tail, and beatrix's strong presence is faithfully recreated from her in-game look. This set comes with abundant accessories, including signature weapons for each character, like the Javelin and save the Queen, as well as their respective interchangeable hand and head parts.

If you're looking to get your hands on this combo figurine, you can do so via preorder right now. The figurine costs $180, and will see release on June 24th, 2019.

Final Fantasy IX Freya Crescent and Beatrix figurines on the way

A Final Fantasy IX two-pack!

Square-Enix will be releasing official figurines for Final Fantasy IX characters Freya Crescent and Beatrix, and they're set to hit Japan sometime in Dec. 2019. The pair will also come with extra accessories. Freya will have two spears, while Beatrix has a bladeless hilt which can be sheathed.

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.

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