Update: Final Fantasy Tactics is now available for iOS in New Zealand, and will arrive in the US at 11pm EST.

It appears as though the wait for Final Fantasy Tactics on iOS is coming to an end. In a post on Square Enix’s Europe Blog, the company announced that Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions will be available in the App Store on Thursday for £10.99. In the US, the price should look more like $15.99.

The game is a remake of the classic Final Fantasy Tactics. It was released for the Sony PlayStation in the 90s. The new edition for iOS features some significant upgrades, including better graphics, an improved script translation, and impressive cutscenes. It’s also optimized for the iPhone’s touch-based UI, so the controls shouldn’t be too challenging.

The ‘Tactics’ alternative to the usual Final Fantasy RPG’s implies a more strategic approach to fighting other characters. Rather than having battles spontaneously, they are fought on grid-like maps and require some knowledge of your team of character’s special capabilities.

Square Enix also commented that an iPad version of the game is in the works, and for those familiar with the incredible graphics of Final Fantasy games, the bigger screen might be worth the wait.


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