The upcoming Ouya console is supposed to be focused on free-to-play and indie games, but that’s not stopping the console’s manufacturer from teaming up with Japanese mega publisher Square-Enix. Today SE announced that they’ll be bringing a souped up version of Final Fantasy III to the $99 Android-powered console.
The Ouya version of Final Fantasy III will be based on the DS remake that came out a few years ago, but Square is promising that the graphics will be revamped to take advantage of the more powerful Ouya hardware. FFIII is being targeted as a launch title for the system.
Along with the recent announcement that OnLive would be bringing it’s entire streaming library over to the Ouya, it’s starting to seem like more and more big names in the industry are starting to take the indie console seriously. The Ouya was first revealed via its Kickstarter page, and the system has already managed to raise over $6 million in donations, making it the most successful Kickstarter ever. I know a lot of people were skeptical of the Ouya at first, but there’s no denying that it’s starting to pick up steam, and it seems like both gamers and now major videogame publishers are starting to treat the Ouya like a legitimate platform. If I were Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony, I’d be genuinely worried right now.
The Ouya still has no firm release date, and is tentatively scheduled to launch sometime next year for the low, low price of $99.