The recently announced, $99 Android gaming platform, the OUYA, has definitely been raising a lot of our eyebrows of late, especially given its wildly successful run on Kickstarter, hitting $5.8 million and over 45,000 backers with eight days still left on its clock. At this point, it’s clear that the console has support from consumers. The only question is: what kind of support will it see from developers?
Well, if today’s announcement is any indication, we should be seeing some pretty good titles hit the new console. Square Enix has announced that the classic Final Fantasy III will be part of the launch lineup for the OUYA. From the innovative (at the time) job change system to the introduction of the ability to summon creatures to help in tough battles, every part of Square’s 1990 entry in the popular RPG franchise will be “fully optimized for release on the OUYA console.” So, yes, even though the title has recently become available on the Android marketplace, the OUYA version will be different still.
There will also be a free demo version of the game available for those unsure how the title will transfer to the new console, as well as renewed controller support, since you won’t be able to control this version with a touchscreen. An exact release date of the game is as of yet unannounced, mostly because the OUYA’s release is still up in the air, but the expectation is that the console will begin shipping next March, so you should be able to get your hands on this one around the same time. Personally, I’m more interested to see what sort of new and (hopefully) innovative titles will be releasing with the OUYA, so I’m not overly excited about this announcement. Still, it’s nice to know there will be at least one game worth playing on the platform when it launches.