Mobile Strike dev MZ partners with Square Enix for Final Fantasy XV mobile MMO

A Game of War reskin or something wholly new?

Date Type Companies involved Size
November 8th, 2016 partnership Machine Zone
Square Enix
Not disclosed
Mobile Strike dev MZ partners with Square Enix for Final Fantasy XV mobile MMO

Game of War developer MZ and Final Fantasy developer Square Enix have partnered to release a mobile MMO adaptation of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV.

The game will combine the storyline, characters and soundtrack of Final Fantasy XV with MZ's technology. It will be developed by a new MZ game studio.

To date, MZ has released just two games – Game of War and Mobile Strike. Given the similarities of both titles, it would not be surprising if the new title was made in the same vein.

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“It is an honour to work on a franchise I have loved since I was a kid. Final Fantasy is an iconic franchise in gaming," said MZ founder and CEO Gabe Leydon.

"Bringing Final Fantasy XV to the mobile MMO gaming world is a significant opportunity for our players and we are proud to partner with Square Enix."

The new game could be incredibly lucrative for both parties. Both Game of War and Mobile Strike are consistent top ten grossing games, and have been estimated to be worth $5.7 billion for MZ.

"Machine Zone has a stellar track record in the mobile gaming space and we are putting Final Fantasy XV in trustworthy hands," said Yosuke Matsuda, Square Enix President and Representative Director.

"We are very excited to work with the MZ team to bring together two leaders in the gaming world and look forward to Final Fantasy XV on MZ's amazing gaming platform. We'll work together to create MZ's next great global mobile MMO game."


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