Because S/E just has to make SURE you know this.

Because S/E just has to make SURE you know this.

Yep, it has come. Kotaku announced that the sequel to Final Fantasy IV has been released for Wii Ware as of today. Here’s some specs:

FINAL FANTASY® IV: THE AFTER YEARS™
Publisher: SQUARE ENIX
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Alcohol Reference, Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS is the sequel to the hit RPG FINAL FANTASY IV. The story takes place many years after the original and centers on a young man named Ceodore, son of the paladin Cecil and the white mage Rosa, who, along with their loyal and steadfast friends, once saved the world from evil born of the second moon. Now, monsters are reappearing in a world that had finally attained peace. The second moon has returned anew. What tidings does this ominous harbinger bring? Familiar faces and new allies join the battle to save the Blue Planet once more.

Notice in that description, they don’t mention that they’re releasing this game in installments like they did for the cell phone version in Japan. Note the price of download is 800 Wii points — that means the first installment is roughly $8. Considering there are something like 11 chapters in total, it’s unknown at this point how much you’ll have to pay in order to get the full game. You can bet they’ll price it on how “popular” they think the chapter will be. Way to go S/E in finding another way to micro-transaction-milk your oldest fans!

Also, why do they keep throwing such a big fuss about Ceodore? After the intro chapter, 99% of the game doesn’t have a thing to do with him at all, from what I’ve read.

Needless to say, I’m not buying it. Or FF13-trillion. Or much of anything else S/E puts out anymore. Sorry. Things like this have turned one of their most die-hard fans of fifteen-some years into a fairly negative non-supporter of their constant remake-sequel-spinoff mentality.

Get a new game, Square. Leave our classics alone.