“Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions” is coming out very soon – is what we said in June of 2010. Well, that time has clearly come and gone, but if you’ve been anxiously waiting to play an iPhone port of the “Final Fantasy” turn-based strategy title, you’ll finally have an opportunity on Thursday. Unfortunately, while it seems like a potentially fun concept to move around the grids, tapping away on the iPhone, the price may have some consumers fleeing.
According to an entry on the Square Enix Facebook page, “War of the Lions” will be available this Thursday for the iPhone 4 and 3GS. The 3G isn’t supported, as it was apparently too slow to handle the game. An iPad version is in the works, but will be “at least one month behind.”
Now the big news: “Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions” is a whopping 16 bucks. Now, that’s not to say that a fully fledged “Tactics” game isn’t “worth” $16, but frankly, a “Tactics” game ported to the iPhone is probably not worth $16. The App Store has made its way into mainstream gaming by offering up smaller, cheap (99-cent) games. The idea of paying $16 dollars for a 14-year old ported game, not to mention on the iPhone platform, seems a bit ludicrous.
The game is currently available on the PlayStation Network, for example, for only $9.99. Granted, the new iPhone version has been reworked for the new platform. But at a price that pretty much topples even the highest-cost games on the App Store, will the already niche group of people who want this game be willing to spend the cash? The portability factor of the iPhone is nothing new, considering the game is already available on PlayStation Portable. Are retina display graphics really enough to warrant the price tag?
Unfortunately, I think Square may have delivered “War of the Lions” D.O.A., thanks to an unrealistic price point. I could be wrong, but I highly doubt it.