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Square Enix is first major publisher for Ouya
Square Enix is first major publisher for Ouya
July 31, 2012 | By Mike Rose

July 31, 2012 | By Mike Rose
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Newsbrief: Square Enix is the first major publisher to show its support for the upcoming Ouya Android OS video game console, announcing that classic RPG Final Fantasy III will be available to download for the console at launch.

Final Fantasy III was originally released in 1990 for the NES console, and already has an Android version available via Google Play. In a statement, the company said that it is also considering providing "additional content" for the Ouya in the future.

This is the latest in a string of big-name announcements for the Ouya. Previously, cloud gaming service OnLive has pledged its support for the console, while Robert Bowling, previously Infinity Ward's Call of Duty creative strategist, revealed that the first game from his new studio will be an Ouya exclusive.


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E McNeill
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Wow. Now I'm actually worried that, between OnLive and these big fish getting interested, Ouya's wider open game marketplace might get completely overshadowed.

Daye Williams
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I'm very pro-OUYA but this isn't exciting news to me its just "mehh"..SE is the king of re-re-releases

Eric McVinney
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If they (Squeenix) could purchase the IP of RPG Maker or create one of their own for Ouya, that'd be swell. That's right, I said swell.

Eric McVinney
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Exactly! The indie devs who focus on such a genre would swarm for such a kit. I *really* do hope Squeenix does such a thing not only to increase the driving sales of Ouya, but also for themselves as a more indie friendly company.

Cordero W
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Don't misinterpret this. Simply another publisher saying this mainly because the game is already out on Android itself, so naturally it'll be available on Ouya via the same download service that is already being used. No change is likely going to happen other than some upscaling and porting the DS version which already has updated graphics. If Ouya doesn't happen, it'll be the same blue sky for Square.

Jeremy Reaban
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Ouya doesn't use the regular Android Market (er, Google Play).

Square is making an Ouya specific release.

Granted, since it's already for Android, it's likely not a whole lot of work, just adding controller support. But still, it's something extra.

E Zachary Knight
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Well, there is the optimizing for an HD television, adding controller support, removing touch screen specific HUD elements and possibly others. It will take some work to upgrade the game for use on a console/tv environment.

From what I know, this release will be based on the Android version and not the DS version.

Mike Griffin
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OnLive handles one's high end, hardcore cross-platform releases; play new, native Ouya games for something unique; truckloads of Android casual/short-session apps; a sweet little retro games emulation unit; and an extra Netflix stream box so tiny, you could move it to any TV in the house.

As a $99 proposition, the Android console is getting better and better.

Hence the growing positive sentiments and confirmation of software support from larger entities.

Rik Spruitenburg
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The real news is that it means the big boys are aware Ouya exists at all.

J Z
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Agreed. I also don't mind SE re-re-releasing stuff. Nothing new from them has been half-decent in a while, re-release FFVII on Ouya and now we're talking.

Todd Boyd
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This is great that they're getting big-name studios to provide content, but I'm hardly excited about them re-re-re-releasing a game from 22 years ago for the console (albeit an awesome game, and a classic).

Eric McVinney
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Squeenix has a LOT (can't stress that enough) of their (earlier) titles that they could re-(times 10)release onto Ouya with minimal to no issues. I just hope that they would release new content as well that would showcase more creative and unique IP.

Mike Griffin
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Ouya broke the $6 million mark today with 7 days remaining on its Kickstarter.
That March 2013 first come, first serve ship date is looking more feasible every day.


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