More good news from Square Enix…the company in charge of developing high quality interactive entertainment products in the Americas announced recently that ‘Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection’ is now available for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system at North American retailers. The 20th Anniversary Edition includes a graphically enhanced version of the timeless classic ‘Final Fantasy IV,’ the complete episodic series ‘The After Years,’ and an entirely new ‘Interlude,’ which connects the stories between the previous two entries in the franchise.
Retail copies of ‘Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection’ will also include two exclusive in-pack items: a set of five collectible trading cards featuring characters from ‘Final Fantasy IV’ beautifully illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano, and an exclusive download code that can be redeemed for a special “Knight of the Twin Moon” costume for use with Cecil Dark Knight and Cecil Paladin in ‘Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy.’
Critically acclaimed as one of the greatest games of all time with more than 4 million copies sold worldwide, ‘Final Fantasy IV’ set the standard for role-playing games to come with its diverse cast of complex characters, a deep and engrossing plot, the introduction of the Active Time Battle system and numerous additional innovations. Twenty years later, ‘Final Fantasy IV,’ it’s acclaimed sequel ‘The After Years’ and the entirely new ‘Interlude’ have come together in one package as the ultimate role-playing game experience with ‘Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection.’ Whether re-experiencing a favorite or just discovering the game for the first time, new and old players alike will join in as a cast of unforgettable characters are drawn into one of the most beloved ‘Final Fantasy’ stories, with stunning new graphics, a newly arranged award-winning soundtrack and bonus game features that provide the definitive ‘Final Fantasy IV’ experience.
“Clearly, ‘Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection’ is the ultimate purchase for Final Fantasy IV fans. Even if you’re already experienced with the core Final Fantasy IV experience, there’s still so much to see and do here that it’ll be hard not to jump back in.” -IGN.com, April 2011 (9/10, EDITORS’ CHOICE)
“Whether you’re a longtime fan like me or a newcomer who can’t tell Kain from Cecil, you can’t go wrong with ‘Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection.’” -Game Informer, May 2011 (8.5/10, Silver Award)
• Complete package of one of the greatest RPGs of all time: First packaged release of THE AFTER YEARS
• An epic tale spanning nations, worlds and generations: Brand-new stories to further expand the revolutionary story line of FINAL FANTASY IV
• All-new cast of friends, family and foes: Fall in love with Cecil, Rosa, Kain, Rydia and Edge again while getting to know Ceodore and a whole new cast of characters
• Vibrant visuals and unforgettable melodies: Includes all-new 2-D graphics designed for the PSP® system’s 16:9 format. Also includes a new arrangement of one of the most acclaimed video game soundtracks of all time.
Since its original release in 1991 on the SNES, ‘Final Fantasy IV’ has been popular across several platforms, and this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. With its high-quality graphics and scenarios, and the introduction of the Active Time Battle system, ‘Final Fantasy IV’ redefined role-playing video games and shaped ‘Final Fantasy’ titles to come.