Did you notice that sudden calm followed by a resounding cheer a few minutes ago? That was the stunned silence and subsequent jubilant exultation of Western RPG fans en masse as Sony and Square Enix broke the surprising news that Final Fantasy Type-0 is coming to the West.
Better late than never, you might say, and as a 2011 PSP game Final Fantasy Type-0's Western release is very late indeed. Which is why it's not just getting a straightforward release. No, instead, it's getting the full remaster treatment, bringing the full game to Western audiences on modern systems: PS4 and Xbox One, to be exact. Sony initially said that it would also be coming to Vita, but has since retracted that statement. This doesn't necessarily mean it's not happening.
Alongside Final Fantasy Type-0's HD remix for modern platforms, Square Enix also confirmed that its companion piece Final Fantasy Agito -- a free-to-play, online-connected spinoff for iOS and Android devices that actually looks pretty damn good -- is also coming West. Between them, Western players will be able to enjoy these side stories in Final Fantasy's "Fabula Nova Crystallis" mythos -- the same mythos shared by the Final Fantasy XIII series and the upcoming Final Fantasy XV -- in English for the first time. No release date has been given for either game.
The announcement of Final Fantasy Type-0's HD remix for Xbox One and PS4 comes just days after the release of a long-awaited fan-made patch for the PSP version. At the time of writing, said patch is still available for those who have a copy of the PSP original and an appropriately homebrew-friendly PSP on which to play it. It remains to be seen whether or not Square Enix will allow this portable-friendly version to remain available now that the cat is out of the bag, so grab it quick if you've been waiting for it.
"The voice of our Western fans was instrumental in the development of Final Fantasy Type-0, and we’re very excited to release this title soon,” said director Hajime Tabata. "The new PlayStation 4 system and Xbox One gaming and entertainment platform have really helped to re-envision this dynamic and turbulent world of Orience."
Sony's PlayStation Strategic Content representative and all-round lovely person Shahid Ahmad -- a key proponent of the recent "#jrpgvita" campaign on Twitter seeking feedback on which titles RPG fans wanted to see localized on Sony's handheld in particular -- simply added "Persist. Believe. Persevere. Win."
And he has a point. Sometimes attempting to tell video games companies what you really want to see localized or released feels like a futile gesture, doomed to be lost amid detailed, carefully-crafted PR plans and strategic content roadmaps that were devised years ago in some cases.
But occasionally, we can still be pleasantly surprised, years after people had given up hope. So what's next? Valkyria Chronicles 3? Dragon Quest? The possibilities suddenly feel endless.