Final Fantasy is, as a franchise, the very embodiment of the console experience: an expansive world fully uncovered only after several hours of exploration. The Ouya, on the other hand, is not. As an open-sourced, Android-based device, it defies everything that consumers have come to expect from dedicated gaming hardware save for a box, a controller, and, of course, video games. Such unfamiliarity and change can be a tough pill to swallow for some, a process that looks to become much easier as Ouya today announced a partnership with Square Enix that will see Final Fantasy and, more specifically, Final Fantasy III make their way to the fledgling system.
Final Fantasy III was once the missing link of the iconic series in the United States until a remake on the Nintendo DS in 2006 revived the title for all audiences with improved, three-dimensional graphics. When it makes its debut on the Ouya, Final Fantasy III will return in a form similar to that of the DS version with the added bonus of high-definition visuals as is granted by the improved hardware.
The Ouya is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2013 and, according to this announcement, will be doing so alongside Final Fantasy III. A free demo for Final Fantasy III will also be provided upon the console’s launch.
[Ouya Kickstarter Campaign]