Classic Square Enix RPG Final Fantasy IX is getting the anime treatment, as per an announcement today.
The news was first reported by animation news website Kidscreen, who say that French outfit Cyber Group Studios has entered an agreement with Square Enix to co-develop and co-produce the show. The series will apparently be aimed at a younger audience, namely 8-13 year olds.
Citing CEO of Cyber Group Studios Pierre Sissman, the report claims production will begin by the end of 2021 or early 2022. An episode count or episode length are, apparently, yet to be finalised. A quote from Sissman says “The games have a strong co-viewing potential. For those who do know Final Fantasy IX , this will be an [introduction]. And for the many who don’t, this will immerse them in a universe they’ll love.”
“The opportunity to reach such a large crowd with hundreds of millions of fans around the world as well as a new public of both kids and adults is an immense challenge that we feel extremely proud about,” said Dominique Bourse, COO of Cyber Group Studios. “It is a dream come true for our teams in France and in the U.S and we already look forward to creating a great piece of entertainment that respects this fantastic brand.”
Final Fantasy IX originally launched in 2000 for the original PlayStation. It follows thief Zidane as he and his crew attempt to kidnap the princess Garnet who, it turns out, was planning to escape anyway. It’s also one of the most popular entries in the series, and arrived on the Nintendo Switch in 2019.