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Shinji Hashimoto states recent ports of Final Fantasy IX are not based on the mobile version

Shinji Hashimoto states recent ports of Final Fantasy IX are not based on the mobile version

Written by Brayden — 17 Apr 2019

With all of the Final Fantasy ports releasing lately, Hollywood Reporter took the chance to speak to Shinji Hashimoto who has been overseeing these ports as executive producer or producer.

Interestingly, Hashimoto revealed that the recent ports of Final Fantasy IX are not actually based off the mobile version that people have generally assumed.

“Based off of the mobile version” isn’t entirely accurate – to start, we used the original Final Fantasy IX as a base and re-created the game using the Unity engine. Using that version as a base, we created the mobile version as well as the Steam and Switch versions. As such, it’s not actually based off of the mobile version; rather, it’s based off of the version created on Unity. The mobile version was released first, so I think there may be many people who think that was the version used as the base, but in fact that isn’t the case. Additionally, when it comes to other titles, we wouldn’t necessarily use this method every time – we port titles using the method best suited for each one, so it varies.

Hashimoto also spoke about what goes into remasters and how some are different. You can check it all out here.