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Pumpkin
01-10-2016, 06:35 PM
http://i.imgur.com/1w1mCjQ.png


Final Fantasy IX is making it's way to Steam in the west, hopefully in early 2016! The game also includes several new features, such as achievements, and game boosters such as a no encounters mode and high speed. The Steam page is already up if you'd like to check it out!

Linky (http://store.steampowered.com/app/377840)

This is my personal favourite Final Fantasy (and favourite game ever) so I'm thinking of getting it and praying my computer can play it even though it probably can't.

Are you excited for the Steam release of FFIX? Plan on picking it up? Excited about the new features? Let us know in the comments!

Fynn
01-10-2016, 06:51 PM
This is also coming to smartphones, so if your computer is too weak, maybe your phone can do it? ;)

Pumpkin
01-10-2016, 06:52 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHA

I don't even get Internet on my cheapass phone

But thank you for the suggestion :3:

Depression Moon
01-10-2016, 08:31 PM
Here are the specs for steam.

System Requirements

Minimum:
OS: Vista /7/8/8.1/10
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS or ATI Radeon HD4650 or higher
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 20 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectSound® compatible sound card(DirectX®9.0c or later)

Recommended:
OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32bit / 64bit)
Processor: Core i5 2520 2.5GHz or better
Memory: 4 GB RAM
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 20 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectSound® compatible sound card(DirectX®9.0c or later)

Big D
01-10-2016, 08:48 PM
Those are some surprisingly high system requirements for a game that worked fine on the OG PlayStation. Is that because the Steam version is effectively running a PS emulatoras well? I recall hearing something about Square Enix losing the game's source code, meaning the on-disc version of the code was all they had left to work with.

Fynn
01-10-2016, 09:02 PM
If you take a look at the trailer, the graphics look really polished. So maybe that's why?

Mirage
01-10-2016, 09:28 PM
Those are some surprisingly high system requirements for a game that worked fine on the OG PlayStation. Is that because the Steam version is effectively running a PS emulatoras well? I recall hearing something about Square Enix losing the game's source code, meaning the on-disc version of the code was all they had left to work with.

No, it's most likely because SE are greatly exaggerating the system requirements for all their Steam PC ports.

There's nothing about the graphics I've seen so far that would require anything near what they're asking for.

Formalhaut
01-11-2016, 03:36 AM
I'm not entirely sure why you'd want to play FF IX on your smartphone, but the Steam edition sounds interesting enough. I still have yet to actually play the game, and it's an FF I've been meaning to play.

Galuf
01-11-2016, 04:25 AM
Im really hoping this can be better than the ps1 version. Imo they have 1 maybe 2 things that should be fixed. The battle speed and how long until your characters attack. And 2 would be tetra maste. However i dont think theyll mess with the last one. But ooft it looks so nice now. When i watched the trailer i was pretty surprised. It looked great.

Fynn
01-11-2016, 09:17 AM
I'm not entirely sure why you'd want to play FF IX on your smartphone, but the Steam edition sounds interesting enough. I still have yet to actually play the game, and it's an FF I've been meaning to play.

Well, some people just like to play their FFs on phones :monster:

Moogles-Are-Awesome
01-11-2016, 11:47 AM
Whooooooooooop! I sincerely cannot wait for this rerelease!

Depression Moon
01-11-2016, 07:05 PM
I don't think I'll be able to play this until I can buy a new laptop. I only have 1.5 GB of RAM.

Freya
01-11-2016, 07:16 PM
I FOUND SOME COMPARISON SCREENSHOTS. To go with the ones they put on steam.


New: https://i.imgur.com/GH40mu1.png
Emulated: https://i.imgur.com/cQC9KPs.png


New: https://i.imgur.com/msMaIka.png
Emulated: https://i.imgur.com/DbNTwWx.png


New: https://i.imgur.com/Cn0xMg3.png
Emulated: https://i.imgur.com/j1gUTgI.png


New: https://i.imgur.com/ck8OvEp.jpg
Emulated: https://i.imgur.com/QwJ0gcD.jpg

Mirage
01-11-2016, 07:31 PM
I don't think I'll be able to play this until I can buy a new laptop. I only have 1.5 GB of RAM.

I bet you'll be just fine. Steam offers refunds for all games sold there, as long as you don't wait too many days.

On the other hand, even if 1.5GB is probably enough for this game, it is very low in general. I'm pretty sure your PC would perform a lot better if you just got some extra RAM from ebay or something. It doesn't have to cost more than a dozen (or two) dollars.

Also, from those screenshots, my previous assumptions have more or less been confirmed. There's some pretty advanced upscaling algorithms used on those background, but none of them indicate higher res base assets than what was in the original release.

Textures have been slightly touched up, but they don't seem to be particularly much higher res. If they were compressed on PS1, they might be uncompressed in the steam release, but I don't know if that was the case. They do seem to be having a lot better texture filtering than the emulator is using in this case, but I don't know what settings were used for that particular emulator. There are many settings for graphical enhancement in emulators, not just a single on/off switch.

The character portraits seem like they have been just sent through an high quality upscaler as well, but it might be an upscale of portraits that were of a slightly higher res than what we find on the PS1 release.

It is a pretty all right retouch job, though. I'll most likely pick it up if combat flows significantly better.

Edit: Seems like the blurriness on the character portraits was actually just me viewing EoFF at 150% zoom because i have an insanely high dpi screen. They look pretty sharp at 100%.

Ergroilnin
01-11-2016, 07:51 PM
The new screens actually look like how FFIX looks like in my memory. Cool!

Mirage
01-11-2016, 07:57 PM
you must have a bad memory then :p

Ergroilnin
01-11-2016, 08:19 PM
Or maybe you never heard about nostalgia glasses :p

Rantz
01-11-2016, 08:32 PM
Looks like a pretty decent graphical retouch! And I like the sound of these new features...

・Seven game boosters including high speed and no encounter modes.
・Autosave

Mirage
01-11-2016, 09:37 PM
Or maybe you never heard about nostalgia glasses :p
Nope, what's that?

Ergroilnin
01-11-2016, 10:34 PM
I'll let you google that, gotta get you to check out that crazy information filled interwebz.

Mirage
01-11-2016, 10:40 PM
nah, it's probably not something important anyway

Fynn
01-11-2016, 10:48 PM
My my. So much sass in this thread already. You're growing, Mirage.

But yeah, those requirements do seem high, when you think about it. Maybe it's something about the animations? I haven't really seen those yet...

(side note, since everyone's giving their comp parameters, the one I recently bought has 24 gigs of ram, which I'm pretty satisfied with >.>)

Mirage
01-11-2016, 11:06 PM
I only have a GTX 770 2GB, 16 GB RAM and a 3.2GHz 2nd gen i5, do you think I can run it? My internet can only do 80/80Mbit/s, I hope that won't be a problem. If not maybe i can download it somewhere with a good internet and just move it over?

Fynn
01-11-2016, 11:10 PM
THIS JUST IN: FFIX is now an MMO.

Freya
01-11-2016, 11:11 PM
Don't tease me.

Fynn
01-11-2016, 11:13 PM
Seriously though, there's going to be seven features along the lines of "no encounters" and "speed mode"? I can't possibly think of what they could add.

Pumpkin
01-11-2016, 11:16 PM
1. Add MIB shades to all characters while playing "Sunglasses at Night"
2. Steiner in a mankini mode
3. The game text is entirely in pig latin
4. FFIX as an old school arcade game

Fynn
01-11-2016, 11:17 PM
2. Steiner in a mankini mode


Oh my

That kind of reminds me of that secret Silent Hill 3 code that made Douglass naked

http://orig07.deviantart.net/585c/f/2013/027/1/6/sh3_douglas_underwear_original_bones_by_thefil-d5svqly.jpg

Mirage
01-11-2016, 11:17 PM
Double encounters (for masochists)
No exp gain (for low level runs)
No AP gain (for challenge runs)
High difficulty (doubled enemy stats?)
Low difficulty (halved enemy stats?)

Freya
01-11-2016, 11:22 PM
Maybe a special party member mode where you get beatrix :D

Mirage
01-11-2016, 11:24 PM
That would make me definitely buy it even if everything else sucked. I doubt that, though.

Fynn
01-11-2016, 11:33 PM
Yeah, I don't think we can count on new events or anything. Something that can work on the gameplay globally, like those things Mirage listed, yeah. But no details like that.

Galuf
01-12-2016, 03:26 AM
That guy has a good taste in characters. Putting quina in the party xD