E3 2014: FF7 Minigame Coming to Mobile in Final Fantasy VII G-Bike
Final Fantasy VII might not be getting the remastering/HD treatment any time soon and doesn’t seem to be joining the earlier FF entries on mobile platforms, that doesn’t mean that mobile gamers won’t be getting a piece of the FF7 pie.
Later this year, Square Enix will release Final Fantasy VII G-Bike as a free-to-play game with microtransactions for gamers on iOS and Android. It’s based on the Golden Square G Bike minigame that is itself based on the Midgar Highway escape from Shinra headquarters.
The original minigame saw Cloud avoid obstacles and attack Shinra soldiers on bikes as they attacked your comrades on a truck. Square says that there will be multiple game modes with chase sequences, obstacle courses and boss battles. SqEnix says that they’re looking into adding more locations and characters to the game as it nears release.
In terms of improvements over the original G Bike game, the graphics have been improved from the original PS1/PC visuals to something a bit more modern though not to the level of Final Fantasy: Advent Children quite yet. There will also be character customization, weapon customization and item collection to give the game some purpose beyond completing the missions.
So if Final Fantasy minigames are going to get their own release, how long until Final Fantasy VIII’s Triple Triad card game gets its own standalone mobile release. Given Hearthstone’s popularity, I think this is a brilliant idea. Square, I’ll take payment in cash, cheque and Dogecoin.