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.

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.


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