MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY is a free-to-play (with optional in-app purchases) mobile RPG of unprecedented quality developed by Business Division 1.
The game began development in early 2014. Some assets were outsourced but the majority of development was handled by Business Division 1.
The development team built a relationship with the team at Unity Technologies very early in the development of the Unity 5 engine and this allowed them to have their opinions included in the engine.
But while they used Unity 5 as the game’s engine, they also customised most of the game editor portion themselves. The team’s engineers developed the tools necessary to build a complex system on par with previous FINAL FANTASY titles.
The game was made with the concept of “a rich gaming experience, anytime, anywhere”.
The Japanese version was released on June 4, 2015 for iOS & Android devices. The global version was later released for the rest of the world on August 3, 2016. It was released on Windows PC via Steam in Japan on November 1, 2016. The PC version was released for the rest of the world on February 6, 2017 also via Steam.
The team originally wanted to release the global version at the same as the Japanese version however since they also wanted to maintain a direct level of control over the development and operation of the title rather than outsourcing it like Square Enix usually does this delayed the global version by a year. Direct operation allows them to ensure quality and directly take player feedback and reflect it into the service.
The game is available in Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Korean, French and German.
The game has some very useful options including adjusting the frame rate, graphical quality and changing between English & Japanese audio. You can also re-watch main story cutscenes in the menu. The Windows PC version supports resolutions up to 4K along with 60fps. It also features full controller and keyboard support. You can also transfer save files between the mobile and PC versions.
Collaboration events with FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper, FINAL FANTASY X, FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0, DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, Terra Battle, FINAL FANTASY XII, FINAL FANTASY XIII, DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY XV, FINAL FANTASY VII and FINAL FANTASY XIV have also occurred in the game.
Square Enix has so far released two soundtracks and an artbook for the game.
Warrior of Light and Echo are available as characters in FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper and music from MOBIUS is available in THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY ALL-STAR CARNIVAL.
MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY was among the Apple App Store’s top games in 2015 for Japan. MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY was later awarded for being the most beautiful game on the Google Play Store in 19 countries for 2016. MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY surpassed over 10 million downloads in January 2017 and it has continued to increase by the millions since then.
Director: Motomu Toriyama
Project Leader: Naoki Hamaguchi
Main Character Designer: Toshiyuki Itahana
Graphics & VFX Director: Shintaro Takai
Title Logo Illustration: Yoshitaka Amano
Art Director: Toshitaka Matsuda
Music: Mitsuto Suzuki
Lead Scenario Writer: Daisuke Watanabe
Scenario Supervisor: Kazushige Nojima
Renderer Programmer: Shuichi Ikeda
Level Design Director: Takeshi Iwabuchi
Level Design Director: Yui Sawada
Field Programmer: Daiki Hoshina
Battle Programmer: Satoru Koyama
Network Programmer: Takeshi Mori
Battle Design Director: Nobuyuki Matsuoka
Battle Design Director: Takashi Shiraga
Character Model Director: Masaaki Kazeno
Animation Director: Yoshiyuki Soma
Cutscene Director: Hidekazu Miyake
Environment Director: Takako Miyake
Lead UI Designer: Yukie Ryo
Sound Director: Yusuke Komori
Marketing Director: Yuma Watanabe
Marketing & PR Lead Planner: Hiromi Katsuyama
Producer: Yoshinori Kitase
You can download the game from the Apple App Store for iOS devices, the Google Play Store for Android devices and Steam for Windows PC with the links below.