Square Enix announced today that they will be releasing Final Fantasy IV on July 22, 2008 in North America in its completely re-envisioned 3D form. FFIV that originally released on the Super NES in 1991 has been redesigned to breathe new life into an old classic with its groundbreaking ATB system and wonderful character-driven plot.
“FINAL FANTASY IV for DS is a classic revived for the 21st century,” said John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix, Inc. “The visual upgrades are remarkable, and the plot has been enhanced with added detail and depth. We hope that fans of the original, as well as players new to the FINAL FANTASY franchise, will enjoy all that this title has to offer.”
FF IV will also feature new fully-voiced dramatic cut scenes, a new augment system, an enhanced active time battle system, a remixed score by Nobuo Uematsu, new stylus driven controls, duel screen presentation, train and customize Whykin by playing a variety of mini-games and also challenge another player to head to head battles via the local wireless connection.
Four elemental Crystals, each possessing awesome power, lie scattered throughout the realm. However, men are quick to covet things which offer strength, and easily corrupted by the might which they possess...
Seduced by the promised power of the Crystals, the kingdom of Baron begins employing unprovoked force to seize them from peaceful nations. The dark knight Cecil – Lord Captain of Baron’s elite force, the Red Wings – is ordered by his king to obtain the Crystals, but soon begins to question the monarch's motives. Stricken with grief at his own actions, yet burdened by his loyalty to his country and his personal sense of honor, Cecil at last decides to turn from the path of darkness and destruction.
Enraged, the king accuses him of disloyalty, strips Cecil of his command, and sends him off to slay a mysterious beast that lurks in the nearby Valley of Mist. Cecil embarks on a fateful journey that will bring trials, betrayals, friendship, loss and self-discovery. Can Cecil open his eyes and become the man of honor that he must be?
FINAL FANTASY IV will be rated E10+ and will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $39.99(USD). The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/ff4/