Forget a pinch, time for a big ol’ bag of salt, but here goes.
Supposedly Square has big plans for the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy which is next year, proving that Final means at least three decades. Anyhow the PC stuff is below;
– Final Fantasy I, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and Chrono Trigger could be released on Steam before the end of 2017.
– Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy XV are coming to PC, but likely not until early-mid 2018.
So let’s break it down, the latter first. It goes without saying that 7R is going to cost a little bit to make, so they’ll probably want to bring it to every platform available. It being after the console release isn’t ridiculous and would mean actually quite a short time of porting given the history of FF ports. 15 is in a similar boat. Honestly, I can’t see any reason why these wouldn’t be ported over. Quality of the ports, that’s something else.
For the first, well that’s a little more interesting. It’s become evident that much like Sega with Sonic, Square seem intent on making damn sure you can get you some FF on multiple platforms. For 1 and 2 I imagine they just chuck up the roms and a basic emulator allowing you to play them with minimal fuss, or very much in the same style as the 2D ones with a port to mobile then a quick and dirty job to PC. That leaves 12 and, given everything else going on, it seems like it was only really a matter of time until that happened, especially when 9 really sprung out of nowhere (which by the way, is currently sitting on 180,000 owners on Steam, although that’s unfortunately 50k short of the X/X-2 combo which is saddening for various reasons) so I’m not too shocked by that.
FF: Tactics, well same thing applies as to the above. I believe the Tactics sub-series has a bit of a spotty record, with some good and other poor titles, but my knowledge with that is cursory at best. That leaves a curious anomaly, Chrono Trigger. For those who don’t know, CT is generally regarded as the best JRPG of the 2D era (and possibly including 3D too) and was last seen prominently on the DS remastered. That’s the original DS by the way, not the 3DS. Chrono Trigger certainly has the name association to be given greater access now and make cash, so whilst it’s seemingly out of left-field, it’s not too ridiculous, although I did just this year after owning a 3DS (and DS) for some time get Chrono Trigger so I will be substantially bummed if it does come to Steam where it’d probably be more comfortable playing, but that’s double dipping for you.
ANYHOW, someone could have well and truly plucked this out of their arse and given it to a website who decided to run it, but none of the PC stuff is really out-there, with the exception of CT which isn’t that daft, so I’d say this is more likely than not.
Incidentally, if you add up all the copies of FF on Steam excluding 11 and 14, it comes to approx. 3.9m, although weighted to a few games (7 alone has over 1m by itself). That’s not too bad, especially when porting teams are usually not that big, sometimes in the low single digits.