Score another victory in Ouya’s battle to garner top tier developer talent for their upcoming $99 Android-based gaming console. Square Enix just announced a Final Fantasy III remake that will debut with the launch of the Ouya console. The game will be fully optimized to take advantage of the Ouya’s hardware, including its high definition video capability. Square Enix is also considering other titles for the Ouya.
This will mark the first time Final Fantasy III will be available in the US for playback on a console, hooked up to a television. Currently, the game is only available for the Nintendo DS, iOS and Android. Keeping in line with Ouya’s free-to-play model, this will be the first time Final Fantasy III will offer a free trial version. Originally released in 1990, Final Fantasy III was the first in the series to reach one million in sales. The 2006 3D remake–the first time the game was made available in the US market–duplicated that success in the handheld arena.
This news follows last week’s announcement from OnLive that their streaming video game app will also be joining the Ouya’s launch title line-up. OnLive will provide Ouya users with on-demand access to 100s of games from over 80 publishers right out of the gate. The OnLive app will also feature cross-platform abilities, allowing users to start playing on the Ouya and pick up where they left off on a PC, smartphone, or tablet. According to OnLive officials, there will be 30-minutes of free play for ”nearly every game in our ever-growing library.”
The Ouya has been making waves in the industry since its Kickstarter, well, kick-started. As of this writing, nearly 47,000 curious fans, developers, and journalists have invested nearly $6 million dollars in the conceptual console. As you may remember, there was the big announcement of exclusivity rights for the Human Element prequel games just a week before the OnLive news. Robotoki, the studio responsible for Human Element, was so impressed by the Ouya concept that its chief, Robert Bowling, invested $10,000 of his own money in the idea. Ouya’s Kickstarter has been making news since its debut. Setting a new record for the crowd-funding site, it reached over $3 million in the first 24 hours. With less than a week left to go, there is still plenty of room in the pot for it to grow.