An animated series based on the 2000 installment of Square Enix’s hit RPG franchise, Final Fantasy IX, will be unveiled this week. The news was revealed by Bruno Danzel d’Aumont (marketing and licensing representative of Cyber Group Studios) , who told Animation Magazine in a new interview that three of its latest shows—Digital Girl, The McFire Family, Press Start!, and Final Fantasy IX—would be presented at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas taking place from May 24–26 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The existence of a Final Fantasy IX series was originally tipped off by a report from Kidscreen last year, which described it as an “animated series for 8- to 13-year-olds,” but neither Cyber Group Studios nor Square Enix have confirmed the series’ episode count yet. Production of the show is believed to have started in late 2021 or early 2022.
At the Licensing Expo, we will, of course, continue to promote our global preschool property Gigantosaurus, with new content to come internationally. It will be a great opportunity to share our upcoming plans with our licensees, agents, and new partners. Additionally, our most recently developed shows — Digital Girl, The McFire Family, Press Start! and Final Fantasy IX — will be presented for the first time. These four new series have a strong licensing appeal for different age targets.