Final Fantasy IX Commits Suicide – And No, It’s Not an April Fools’ Prank

April 2, 2020 5:24 PM UTC
Final Fantasy IX's latest update caused the game to delete itself from your hard drive. And no, it wasn't a belated April Fools' prank.
  • Final Fantasy IX, the popular JRPG originally released on the PS1 back in 2000, is available as a PC port.
  • The Steam version of the game has a new update, which completely deletes all of the game’s files.
  • This is either the worst April Fools’ joke ever, or someone just made a huge mistake over at Square Enix.

Every game developer makes mistakes. It’s understandable, especially in times like this. Those mistakes just usually aren’t as big as the one Square Enix just made with the Steam port of Final Fantasy IX.

Forget what the release notes say. The new update does one thing: It deletes the entire game from your hard drive. So when you log in to play your favorite JRPG, you’re going to find nothing but a brick wall of error codes.

If this is an April Fools’ joke, it’s a day late. And it’s even crueler than that time Minecraft left younger gamers in tears.

Yes, Final Fantasy IX Just Destroyed Itself

How do you screw up an update so badly that it causes the entire game to disappear? | Source: Square Enix/YouTube

I hope I don’t need to tell you that it’s not normal for a game to behave this way. Even the most problematic updates rarely do anything more serious than inject a few bugs or accidentally delete a single file.

For an update to literally delete every single file aside from the launcher is freaking insane. Final Fantasy IX basically just self-destructed. This is beyond a mistake, it’s like the game committed suicide.

It’s almost hard to imagine that this is an accident. How do you screw up an update so badly that it causes the entire game to disappear?

Honestly, what on earth is going on over at Square Enix? Surely someone must have noticed that Final Fantasy IX just vanished from Steam.

Unsurprisingly, Gamers Were Ticked Off

The Final Fantasy IX forum on Steam is filled with gamers who are understandably angry and confused.

Even though the game is finally back, it was gone for three hours. Gamers have a lot of questions about what happened here.

It’s hard to argue with the negative feedback in this review. | Source: Steam

The fix also couldn’t come quick enough to stop someone from leaving a negative review about it on the store page.

Square Enix really screwed up here, and we deserve to hear all the gory details about how something so incredibly stupid managed to happen. Especially at one of the industry’s biggest and oldest companies.

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