Who would have thought that we’d still be finding out new things about Final Fantasy IX, 13 years after its release?
Final Fantasy IX must be the Final Fantasy that keeps on delivering. A few months back, the ninth entry in the series received attention for an undiscovered sidequest. Now there’s been another discovery made, though this one contains some spoilers regarding the game’s final boss.
Adventurous completionists will recall being able to fight a hidden boss named Hades, who in typical Square Enix fashion was incredibly hard to beat. Hades has actually popped up several times throughout the series as a summon tied to darkness and status-effect magic, most notably in Final Fantasy VII.
According to newly released concept art from Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimania, a book that examines series backstory and production lore, it turns out that Hades was originally considered as the game’s ultimate foe.
The game’s actual final boss, Necron, comes completely out of left field, or rather, dimension. His existence is due to being summoned by the villain Kuja’s desire to return all to oblivion. Nevertheless, Necron’s appearance is never really explained in depth.
Perhaps Hades was supposed to be an Eidolon whose purpose was to bring death to the already dying planet of Gaia? This would have also kept in line with the game’s theme of summoning unbridled and uncontrollable power. Though we may never know for sure, at least Square Enix knew they had a cool monster design on their hands and were creative enough to recycle him as an extra boss fight.