Final Fantasy IV is easily one of my favourite entries in Square Enix’s long running franchise. It originally released way back in 1991, but has since seen multiple re-releases and even a 3D remake. It spawned a sequel many, many years later (in 2008), called The After Years, which went on to be ported to multiple platforms and received the 3D treatment too. It’s now coming to Steam, giving PC users around the world the chance to experience its mediocre, grind-fest, episodic tales.
It will be coming to Steam on the 12th of May, and will cost $15.99 (far too much in my opinion). Here’s the synopsis for the game:
Now With a full 3-D remake, FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS can now be played as never before on PC. Take part in the epic sequel that unfolds nearly two decades after the events of FINAL FANTASY IV. Classic characters make their return alongside several new heroes, such as Ceodore, son of Cecil and Rosa.
Seventeen years have passed since the war’s end, and the son born to King Cecil and Queen Rosa of Baron has grown into a young man. Prince Ceodore has enlisted in the airship fleet known as the Red Wings, eager to meet the expectations demanded of his blood and station. Yet once more another moon has appeared in the sky, and with it vast hordes of monsters intent on destruction. The brief peace enjoyed by the Blue Planet now stands threatened under the shadow of impending catastrophe.
Sounds like a promising premise, right? Well, I played the PSP, 2D version of The After Years about three years ago, and I was sorely disappointed.
It copy-pasted most of the original games assets; same characters (with some new ones here and there), and identical locales (with one new, really, really long final dungeon). The grinding was also over the top – Battles seemed to occur more often than a Batman conversation in the company of Darryn! I don’t see how a 3D version of the game could be any better.
That’s just my feelings on the matter though. If you’re a big fan of Final Fantasy IV and have missed out on this sequel, it may be worth checking out. Now if Square could stop focusing on this game, and begin working on a proper remake of Final Fantasy VI, that’d be great, thanks!
(Thanks to my fuzzy Wookiee friend for the heads up on this news)
Last Updated: April 24, 2015