Listen, everyone. Here’s a tip on how to make sure Square Enix sees Final Fantasy IX in a better light. A light they won’t feel the need to ignore.
You see, they can improve the graphical, sound and music quality all they want. They can add voice acting. They can even speed up the battles to make them twice as fast. But they won’t be able to change the way people talk about Final Fantasy IX.
Let me be “Square” with you. Here’s how Final Fantasy IX fans come across to Square Enix as a company. When people talk about Final Fantasy IX, it’s usually a cute/funny picture or lip service. That’s OK. But if this is all they see – Square Enix has a right to be suspicious. They’ll think “do people really like Final Fantasy IX, or simply the idea of it?”
When people do talk about other Final Fantasy games, discussion will center on story, gameplay, tips, theories, fan fiction – something! – with substance. Substance indicates interest in content, which shows you appreciate Final Fantasy IX as a game. Square Enix will shrug unless they can find a way to justify a meaningful inclusion. And when fans do talk about Final Fantasy IX with depth, it’s about Vivi.
Guess who made World of Final Fantasy, Dissidia Opera and Kingdom Hearts?
Our insistence in repeating Sakaguchi’s sentiment doesn’t impress Square Enix anymore. Sakaguchi isn’t with the company anymore. People holding on to the past have the “Final Fantasy disease”, according to Square Enix. You’re going to have to give them more reason than nostalgia if you want to see more Final Fantasy IX.
Also, they see the negativity and condescension surrounding Final Fantasy IX. Strange but true. Look online for yourself. When people say they “like Final Fantasy IX”, half of the time its accompanied by something with the effect of
“(at least) it’s better than (this Final Fantasy)”
All because Sakaguchi said it was his ideal. Now it’s like a standard.
They get it already. But don’t constantly build Final Fantasy IX up at the expense of other titles. If you do, Square Enix will get the message of what fans really want and steer clear of others.
Only…Square Enix doesn’t like to see people downplay their other assets just to make any game look better in comparison.
In fact, Square Enix may even avoid Final Fantasy IX since they see the “aura” around that game as passive-aggressively hostile. Other Final Fantasy games play nice with each other, so this is why you see them lumped together. And as Japan is big on harmony.
They choose the games that can play well together.
The irony here is karma and fate. Remember when Nomura “fanboys” ignored Final Fantasy IX ? Never again right? Just keep talking about it; no one will ever ignore it again. Well, Square Enix again got a message. Now they see Final Fantasy IX as perfect as is, and popular. We got our wish, and the outcome is the same.
So now, Square Enix sees the fans of Final Fantasy IX as passive-aggressively hostile for a popular game. How do you fix this? Talk about the content of the game. Talk about what you like about the battle system. So many fans see the game’s battle system as weak and simple, so they just don’t. You can, but in a meaningful way. Or, talk about the story beside Vivi’s arc and Zidane’s Pandemonium scene. You can, but in a meaningful way.
What do the vocal minority of Final Fantasy IX fans care about? The charm. Believe it or not, every Final Fantasy as a little bit of charm to it. And so, we get another Final Fantasy IV edition, a Final Fantasy VII, more Lightning, Final Fantasy X3, etc.
Take in mind, if Final Fantasy IX does get a remake, it won’t be because they “listened to us”. It’ll be because they needed to push something out before moving to the next thing. That’s how they’ve been using Final Fantasy IX for the past fifteen years. They don’t have to, but the choice is yours.
Talk about Final Fantasy IX’s content with more substance.
Thankfully, it’s getting better. I’m starting to see more inclusion of Final Fantasy IX games in spin offs!