Mobius Final Fantasy Charges $75 Per New in Game Class – This is Unacceptable

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It is no secret that I really like Mobius Final Fantasy, and I play it daily. The game has some great systems in place and can be a fun and rewarding experience, even though it’s on your phone (Editor’s Note: An HD PC version is coming some time in the future).

The Japanese version is very player friendly, with some great systems that will be rewarding for both free-to-play and paying players. The international “English” version is not, and my love for the game may have finally been broken after this last horse shit move be the “English” team. Let me explain.

Japanese Mobius Final Fantasy players can earn everything from just playing the game, and one of the most coveted things to earn are the jobs, with each job not created equal.

These jobs could be earned via job summons, which in turn are earned with in-game currency – obtained via killing monsters or purchased cheaply… in the Japanese version.

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In the English version of the game, currency can only be earned at a max of 100 via a timer, at a rate of 1 currency per 10 minutes, or purchased for exorbitant amounts of money. One job summon is equal to 3000 in game currency, which is about $19.00 or 6 Summon Tickets, which can be earned from various events.

These job summons are random, but you totally have the ability to earn them yourself. This is where these new jobs come in. You can not earn these jobs like you did previous jobs. You have to literally buy $75 worth of in-game currency to even have access to them, which is 12,500 in game currency.

The first job they did this with was Tidus from Final Fantasy X, which is not even a top tier job. Now we’ve received word that they are doing it with the next job they are releasing.

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This is disgusting for any game, and to see it coming out of Square Enix has crushed any respect I have for the company’s mobile division and anyone who had hands on this product at this point.

Let it also be known that this is not the only terrible and abusive practice they are laying on the international community, this one is just so insane and jarring that it deserves wide spread attention and condemnation.

The saddest part about all this? The game is actually really good despite the efforts of these assholes in charge of the changes affecting international players. In good faith, I can no longer recommend any Square Enix mobile game at this point until they fix this gross and unfriendly consumer practice.

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They could have actually hit a wider market if they made the game more accessible and did not throw up one of the grossest pay walls I have ever seen in my life, and I have been working in this industry for 10 plus years.

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  • Taedirk

    The most surprising thing is someone still had respect for SquareEnix.

  • Travis Touchdown

    This must be how they planned to make back Final Fantasy XV’s budget.

  • NuclearCherries

    Just another day in the magical realm of mobile games.

  • Mighty No. 56008

    It’s crap like this that makes respecting mobile games nearly impossible.

  • Jumanji Joe

    This is why phone “games” are cancer.

  • I was already put off by mobile and the censors, but Square Enix don’t fail to deliver on microtransactions even if they made it especially bad for the west.

    If the HD version is planned to have a more conventional purchase (you pay once, online isn’t obnoxiously required etc), maybe it might be worthwhile.

    Any word if All the Bravest was more tolerable in Japan?

  • Mr0303

    This is the nature of mobile games and their success is why we’ll start seeing more and more microtransactions in console games.

  • All the Bravest was a legit cash grab, it seemed they learned from their other games till now….

  • goodbyejojo

    Square Enix, where making all the money is considered the only success, everything else is a flop

  • KR_Badonkadonk

    I also play this game and the Tidus job is something that you just plain don’t need. Like you said it’s not top-tier or anything, the only thing it has going for it that sets it apart is that it dresses you up like Tidus. I agree that it’s a bad precident but this is not going to make me stop playing the game. I’ll reconsider when they start doing this for things you’d actually be sorry not to have.

  • Sasel

    Yeah, fucking mario run also miitomo.

  • I wonder. This is the same Square Enix who added microtransactions (“Bravely Second” mechanic) tied to an advanced mechanic for the definitive version of Bravely Default. Sure there were genuine upgrades but one which can be used in every battle and is very impractical to get on your own (literally a day of your 3DS being closed with the game active to get 50% charged) is notable.

    Enough complaints from me though.

    I’ll take your word that Square Enix were at least improving on mobile or other platforms.

  • Lucky

    Which is sad, there are normal, regularly priced games on phones. They’re just a minority among an ocean of shit.

  • Uncle Slick

    wat

  • Minuteworld92

    they’re shit.

  • 22

    Holy shit. I completely understand them not giving it away for free (it is f2p after all) but that’s fucking extortionate.

  • Captain Vidya

    You say that like it’s only a Square Enix problem.

  • Slartibartfast

    Actually, last I checked Square Enix can’t be trusted to safeguard any kind of in-game microtransactions, even the ones you paid for.

    Refer to the micro-transactions of Square Enix’s single-player RPG, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. That game has an in-game microtransaction store where you can buy a bunch of in-game items, including consumables such as Praxis Kits (skill points), ammo, crafting mats, etc.

    All of the real-money items marked as “consumable” can only be redeemed once. Meaning, once you’ve claimed your real-money item from the store into your save, its gone forever. You can’t claim it for the next playthrough or something like that. This INCLUDES consumables obtained as pre-order bonuses.

    Due to the way the system works, players had devised a means to “save” their consumables for future playthroughs by claiming them right at the beginning, and then creating a “back-up save” that would be loaded for all future playthroughs. Buuuut, there’s one problem with that method, it doesn’t safeguard against save corruption wiping your backup-save.

    The game has received a few updates that breaks save-files for Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Its happened to a number of people, but it seems to be random.

    Square Enix’s customer service has stated that they DO NOT reimburse nor re-apply any real-money consumable lost for any reason, INCLUDING safe-corruption. So people have no way of retrieving any one-use consumable they lost, even if it was caused by a game update.

    tl;dr Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution has micro-transactions. Square Enix may randomly release updates that wipes your real-money items. Square Enix will not reimburse your real-money items nor provide refunds for your lost money.

  • Tenith

    Why is this clear opinion piece in news? I mean what the fuck ? this isn’t a news piece its the author stating his opinion – which is good and all but it shouldn’t be set in your bloody news category that’s what editorial.

    Also stop the fucking clickbait headers.

  • goodbyejojo

    they are the only ones who have gone publicly saying that despite selling millions of copies of Tomb Raider, 3.4 million to be exact, it was deemed as a failure to meet expectations, look nobody asked Square to make them expensive, maybe they should lower their expectations?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    I don’t know how you can act like this was a surprising move.

  • Zack

    I know, right? We all know this site covers the good, the bad and the ugly news in gaming, but this article in particular, with all the extremely personal opinions, is just bad…

  • Domhnall

    Yeah, I kind of have to agree. Remove the personal opinions on the matter and post it as News, or keep all the (entirely justified) anger and post it as Opinion, but this is a bit too opinionated to be in News.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Expose on the corruption in big gaming leading to a severe starvation of our populace.

  • Bitterbear

    In a sense, Mobile gaming has a Buddhist ideology:

    Good mobile games are like a lotus flower that grows out of the mud and blossoms above the filthy water surface.

  • AR7777

    Why are you so butthurt over a tag? Yeah it’s an opinion tagged as news, but it’s actually news as well. No reason to be so butthurt.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    OY VEY

  • AR7777

    So business as usual in the mobile games department?

  • Clickbait? It is literally what they are doing? How is it click bait?

  • One question. Don’t you mean Mankind Divided?

    I heard about that game having an issue like this and being split in half by Square Enix to get more cash in the long run (much like some Part 2 movies recently).

    Thanks for the information anyway, I haven’t experimented with saves but Bravely Default also has consumable junk.

  • Mystic safe just got anounced as being behind the 12500 pay wall as well…

  • Captain Vidya

    For numbers that large, sure, but I’m pretty certain Capcom’s gone of record saying things of similar nature with the Darkstalkers series being the example that pops into my head first.

  • goodbyejojo

    yes they said something about a IP selling 2 million copies before a sequel is planed.

  • True Goddess Reincarnation

    Respect and mobile games on the same sentence

    wew lad

  • It’s actually news. The news is the class costing 75$. The rest is an editorial.

  • KR_Badonkadonk

    I’ve seen that, it still doesn’t bother me because I don’t try to climb leaderboards. I do feel for people who have spent money on the game or like going for high score placements in the Battle Towers, though. I’ve been enjoying the game for months without spending a dime and this just doesn’t make me any less interested in it.

  • Arenegeth

    I don’t want to be rude or anything, but that’s what you get for playing a mobile game.

    Every ‘informed’ consumer knows to stay away from the platform in general, or at least, not to invest in it, both emotionally or financially.

    Actually this game is a very good example as to why, since even games that are somewhat ‘friendly’ and even possible to ‘complete’ without spending any money, can become microtransactional nightmares in one short update. And many of them do, as the new playerbase deteriorates and they are trying to make as much money as they can from any remaining ‘whales’.

  • Donwel
  • Eighto

    can’t wait for krimhelm to justify this somehow.

  • Bruh

  • catazxy

    Fuck that, I think I’ll buy a vita and ignore mobile gaming altogether…

  • ノリケン

    When it comes to Japanese mobage the international audience has almost always been treated as a cash cow instead of an actual player base.

    The whole “milk the gaijin for what we can” mentality is pretty apparent in the way that the localized mobage are handled with it manifesting itself in the form of:

    1. Overpriced cash shop
    2. Lack of freebies/player rewards when compared to the JP release of the same game.
    3. Slow update schedule

    That being said, there are a few examples of great localizations when it comes to Japanese mobage (only one example actually comes to mind at the moment), that example being Granblue Fantasy by CyGames.

    Granblue Fantasy has a single server for both Japanese and international players that share the same cash shop prices, player rewards, and freebies.
    In addition to that, updates for the game are released at a relatively quick pace with new characters and events (events that are fully translated 95% of the time) being released every month.

    If a game with the scope of Granblue Fantasy can accomplish all that and still be immensely profitable (though not as profitable as Fate/Grand Order) there’s no reason why other company’s can’t do the same (unless they make the decision to treat the international community as cash cows instead of players.

    ***If ppl are looking for a good mobage I highly recommend Granblue Fantasy***

  • For $75 I can buy Witcher 3 Gold, GTA V and 1-2 more small games on Steam during a sale

  • buddyluv324

    You might as well ask NG to not do anymore game reviews since those are opinions too. Again some of the NG readers here wouldn’t know a real clickbait article if one bite you guys in the ass and are just looking to be triggered over nothing. Unless the writer is putting out something that is fabricated from the truth, you’re barking up the wrong tree with this one.

  • sanic

    Only good mobile game is deadmans cross, any other good mobile game is just a port of a good console game.

  • Master Bating

    The Quest

  • LaserCatsAreAwesome

    Go whine to KIA about it I’m sure the virtue signalers will upvote it to the front page.

  • larverto365

    People are actually going to buy a in-game class for over 70 bucks. Get that in your system for a bit.

  • Dom The Elegy

    “This is disgusting for any game, and to see it coming out of Square Enix has crushed any respect I have for the company’s mobile division and anyone who had hands on this product at this point.”

    What, All the Bravest didn’t already do you in?

  • Kiryu

    Do it,it’s a gem of a handheld,you won’t regret it.

  • Random Dude

    You could say that for every game on every consoles, although most have better ratio between good vs shit games than mobile games.

  • Evja

    The entire Final Fantasy Nintendo era repertoire is on mobile as well as VII and IX, as are TWEWY, FFT:WotL, early Dragon Quest games. Other companies have Ace Attorney Anthology, Metal Slug series etc.

  • Slartibartfast

    Oops, you’re right, I meant Mankind Divided.

    As far as story content goes, the base game has almost all of it. There’s only 1 story DLC thus far, and all of the other DLC are weapon packs, clothes, armours, as well as consumables.

    Its the consumables that are the biggest problem here. The fact that a save-corruption will wipe your consumables is a huge problem, and quite a number of players have lost paid-for consumables as a result of the save-corruption wiping their saves and their spent consumables along with it.

  • Ron Leger

    LOL… Square Enix is just acting like a typical drug dealer. His meth is blue so he’s going to bend you over for it. Fuck em, don’t play.

  • catazxy

    I just ordered one. And so my rule of never buying a black plastic box again is crossed.

  • Zak Lopez

    I agree totally, what makes me the most upset is the fact that they have the balls to not just paywall us… but to do it at such a high cost! I mean $75 for one Job! So each job costs $25 more than a brand new ps4 game… its crazy! I could understand them wanted to charge for them and I would be willing to pay for certain ones Exp: Squall, or Cloud since there my favorite but not at $75 per! Maybe $25-$30 each would be understandable at most, but the balls on these people to charge the amount they do make me wanna go get laser surgery to remove my FF tattoos cause i feel as if its ridiculous to have them now. FUNNY Thing is… the $225 it costs for the 3 new jobs is actually more expensive than the tattoo remover surgery would cost lol