Kidscreen has reported that a Final Fantasy IX animated series is set to be developed by Cyber Group Studios in collaboration with Square Enix, publisher of the Final Fantasy game franchise.
The report notes the team is nearing completion on the show’s bible and will pitch the show to broadcast partners within the next few months. The series is being made with an audience of 8- to 13-year-olds in mind. Pierre Sissmann, CEO of Cyber Group Studios, told Kidscreen, “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.” He said they want to begin production by the end of this year or the beginning of 2022. The report does not indicate if the show would be 2D or 3D animation.
Square Enix’s social media manager Sunil Godhania seemed to confirm the news on Twitter. “Final Fantasy IX animated series on the way,” he wrote.
The ninth entry in the long-running franchise released over two decades ago for the first PlayStation. It has since been ported to PC and mobile devices as well as the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Final Fantasy is no stranger to animation as the series has featured several animated shows and films in the past, most notably Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
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