Final Fantasy IX, one of the beloved games in Square Enix’s popular JRPG series, is getting an animated series aimed at ages 8 to 13.
Kidscreen initially announced the news that Square Enix and French production company Cyber Group Studios, known for their edutainment titles for children, are teaming up to produce this project.
“We are honored and excited to participate with our friends at Square Enix in such a great adventure,” said Pierre Sissmann, CEO of Cyber Group Studios in a statement.
“This is a dream come true for our teams in France and the United States and we are already looking forward to creating great entertainment that respects this fantastic brand,” added Cyber General Manager of the Studios of the Dominique Bourse Group.
Originally released in 2000 for the first PlayStation console, Final Fantasy IX was seen as a throwback to the fantastic roots of the JRPG series after previous entries, Final fantasy VII and VIII, introduces a darker, more sci-fi, technopunk version of the franchise.
Final Fantasy IX follows the story of Zidane Tribal, a thief hired to kidnap a princess, Garnet Til Alexandros XVII, from her home in the royal city of Alexandria. Like most Final fantasy games, there are twists and turns along the way, and the game features a group of misfits made up of a young dark mage, a sexless gourmet chef, a self-built build with a soul, others .
It will be interesting to see how Cyber Group tackles it. Final Fantasy IX darker themes of death, war and genocide in a way appropriate for ages 8 to 13.
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Cyber Group Studios will also manage the merchandise licenses for Final Fantasy IX, so expect cute plush toys featuring various characters from the iconic JRPG.