While western gamers are still waiting on a possible announcement from Square Enix regarding the release of its latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers in both Europe and North America, Japanese gamers are currently bracing themselves for the title’s release towards the end of this year.

If this awesome-looking entry in the series wasn’t already tempting enough to local gamers within Japan, the deal just got even more irresistible with news that a 3D Classics version of Final Fantasy with remastered art will be launching on the 3DS eShop alongside Final Fantasy Explorers to commemorate the original game’s anniversary.

First-print buyers of the Explorers will receive the original game entirely for free, and access to a previously mentioned special quest where they can obtain Final Fantasy III’s Onion Knight equipment. Final Fantasy I will become available as a standalone purchase from January 2015 onwards.

Sadly, there’s still no word on a western release, but with any luck the situation will change either before – or at least by – the time the game is released in Japan on the 18th of December. Let us know if you’re still holding out for localisation after Square Enix’s live stream of the game last month.

Thanks to Ryan Millar for the tip!

[via gonintendo.com, siliconera.com]