Toni Infante is a freelance illustrator who has also worked for DC Comics, Apple and other major companies.
The influence of Final Fantasy IX has been confirmed on its twentieth anniversary. The Squaresoft title blew out the candles a few days ago, which is why gamers and developers have long remembered it. One of the people who wanted to pay tribute to him has been freelance illustrator Toni Infante, an artist who has lent his talent to comic book giants like Marvel and DC. Through a series of illustrations, Infante has portrayed the protagonists of this adventure of magic and introspection.
The images can be seen on his official Twitter account, which we share below these lines. Yitán, Vivi, Princess Garnet and Freija are the characters that have passed through the artist’s hand. They are just some of the main characters that we will meet during our journey. In Final Fantasy IX, Yitán and his traveling theater gang plan a very daring move: kidnap Princess Garnet von Alexandros. When they finally succeed, the woman makes no resistance, for she has discovered that boundless evil spreads throughout the kingdom.
Happy 20th FFIX !! One of my favorites by far ✨ # FF9_20th # FF9_20 周年 pic.twitter.com/7c5Ob0zRZ6
– Toni Infante ★ (@toni_infante) July 7, 2020
Although the game sports a casual look, combining a medieval aesthetic with steampunk aspects, the topics covered are not as light as it might seem at first glance. In fact, several of the characters question the meaning of life on a journey to the hearts of their souls.
Character designer would like to continue the story
Will there be a sequel to Final Fantasy IX sometime? At the moment, there are no plans, but the title’s character designer would love to be able to, as long as they were able to respect the original team’s vision. According to the developer, one of the reasons the game is remembered is for its history. “It is a script that deals with the meaning of life, something that is a universal question for all of us who live in this world, including myself. Characters of different races and with different ways of thinking support each other, although sometimes they do not agree, while facing this question. This kind of story will always resonate. “
Final Fantasy IX was released in 2000, exclusively for the first PlayStation. Currently, it can be played on systems such as PS4, Xbox One, PC or Nintendo Switch, in addition to mobile devices.
Source | Toni Infante (Twitter)