At last, you can enjoy Final Fantasy IX as it was intended: with random encounters turned off

Square Enix's fantasy roleplaying game first released in 2000 is, after much build-up, finally available on PC through Steam.

It's been a tough few months for ardent Final Fantasy IX fans: while it was generally known that an enhanced, HD port of the game would be landing on PC storefront and game service Steam in early 2016, there was no firm date as to when, exactly. The launch has basically hovered at "any day now" for over a month.

Well, fans of Zidane Tribal and Vivi the Black Mage, rejoice: the game is live on Steam this morning, and it comes with some new features to make revisiting it a little less grindy. In addition to autosaves and Steam achievements (you gotta have cheevos), the PC version offers seven "game boosters" including a "high speed" mode and "no encounter" mode -- the latter of which seems like a 16 years overdue apology for the annoyingly high random encounter rate in the original, but hey, better late than never.

Whether you're a familiar fan or this particular entry in the Final Fantasy line didn't quite click with you at the time of its release, now seems a pretty nice time to revisit it, if you have the inkling. Here's the official Steam store page.

And while you're here, I'd recommend revisiting Nate Ewert-Krocker's opinion article on why Final Fantasy IX is an underrated classic of the series.

Kris Ligman is the News Editor for ZAM. All Kris remembers from FF9 was that Zidane was a kitty and that was pretty cool. Get pedantic over tails with them on Twitter @KrisLigman.