As is the natural order of things, after releasing Final Fantasy VII and VIII on Steam Square Enix have decided to release Final Fantasy III. Reports from our inside source suggest they have rigged their marketing department up to a random number generator.
The release is more than a straight port, however. The graphics have been made more snazzy and there’s a full deck of Steam trading cards to track down.
According to Final Fantasy III’s Steam page “[it’s] been optimised for PC gaming with new and improved 3D visuals and story sequences, and will include Steam Trading Cards and Achievements and new visual designs for the Job Mastery Cards.
Using the good ol’ fashioned bullet point list, Square break down the new features as:
New and improved 3D visuals and story sequences
Quicker browsing through the monster bestiary and other game record
New visual designs for the Job Mastery Cards
Upgraded graphics for PC
Includes Steam Trading Cards & Achievements
It’s not a complete surprise that Square have released another Final Fantasy on Steam. Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase told Eurogamer that Final Fantasy VII’s Steam re-release had been successful and had opened the door for more launches on the platform in the future: “Final Fantasy 7 and 8 are now available on PC and they've been proving quite popular,” he said. “It’s an early stage for us. We haven't got an awful lot of experience in this field. [But] when we have more know-how and experience in this market we would be very interested.”
If this rerelease is similarly successful we may see even more of the serious cropping up in the Steam Store.