The International Version (インターナショナル版, Intānashonaru-ban?) is a recurring Japan-only edition of several games in the Final Fantasy series. These versions reflect the changes made in the international adaptations of the games' original versions, including the new story elements and gameplay changes.
More recent International versions include completely new features in the games with optional tweaks in gameplay, new superbosses, and bonus dungeons; in addition, the audio is in English, with Japanese text and subtitles. They often come with extra information like design art, interviews with the creators, maps, and other features.
The International version is a direct port of the North American version, including all of its gameplay and storyline tweaks. It came with an extra fourth disc that includes bonus background information about the game itself.
The upgraded PC version was released in Japan for the first time on May 16, 2013 as Final Fantasy VII International for PC. Like with the English PC version, this version has since been ported to other consoles but has not born the International subtitle.
The International version is a direct port of the North American and European versions, retaining all the gameplay changes that were made for international release. It also adds cutscenes from the multiplayer of the original Japanese release.
The International edition includes new Sphere Grids, new bosses such as the Dark Aeons, and a bonus disc filled with special features. The European version was released after the International edition and featured all of its contents.
The game was remastered in HD and included in Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster which was released in Japan on December 26th, 2013, in North America on March 18th, 2014, and in the PAL region on March 21st, 2014, marking its first-time appearance in North America.
Initially, the International version was never released outside of Japan. Along with the gameplay tweaks allowing for use of additional characters and modes, this version includes an extra postscript called Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission which contains cutscenes that depend on the story completion the player achieved for Final Fantasy X-2.
The game was remastered in HD and included in Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster which was released in Japan on December 26th, 2013, in North America on March 18th, 2014, and in the PAL region on March 21st, 2014, marking its first-time appearance outside of Japan. Unlike the original version, Last Mission cutscenes are not altered based on the player's story completion.
Massive changes to Final Fantasy XII were made to its International version, some so great that the gameplay is almost completely different. It includes the Zodiac Job System, a completely new variation on the battle system. It also includes a special bonus gameplay mode called Trial Mode and a New Game Plus feature. A remastered version of Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, was released in all major markets for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam, and is based on the International version.
The Ultimate Hits International version was released for Xbox 360 in Japan on December 16th, 2010. This version includes English audio with Japanese, English, French, Italian, German and Spanish subtitles for the player to choose from. A new difficulty option, Easy Mode, is added with various changes. The preorder bonus booklet Final Fantasy XIII -Corridor of Memory- features high resolution promotional artwork, unreleased story scripts and stages, and a novel explaining the events after the epilogue.
Square Enix released a direct port of the North American version in Japan on November 1, 2009. It retains all of the modifications and additional content implemented in the North American version, including the new Arcade Mode and the battle rebalanced.