Final Fantasy VIII Remastered announced for 2019 release

What has unintentionally become the most obscure of the mainline Final Fantasies is finally getting a makeover and it’ll be out this year.

Final Fantasy games get remade, remastered, and/or re-released all the time, from the first one to the classic Final Fantasy VII, but with one exception… 1999’s Final Fantasy VIII.

Originally released on PS1, like many games of its era the original files and art assets have been lost, making it extremely difficult to recreate the original experience as it used pre-rendered backdrops that would be extremely time-consuming to recreate.

But Square Enix has found a workaround, probably revolving around the PC version, and now a remastered version of the game is coming out sometime later this year on Xbox One, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.

To be clear, this isn’t a remake like Final Fantasy VII, but instead a remaster that increases the resolution and frame rate, and probably a few other cosmetic details, but is still fundamentally the same game as was released 20 years ago.

Although never as beloved as its immediate predecessor, Final Fantasy VIII still has plenty of admirers – although even if you hate the game at least Square Enix can now say that all the mainline entries are available in remastered form.

Final Fantasy VIII wasn’t the only remastered role-player at Square Enix’s pre-E3 event though, with multiplayer game Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles coming to PlayStation 4, Switch, iOS, and Android.

Meanwhile, The Last Remnant Remastered was announced and made available on the Switch eShop on the same night.

We’re not sure if they count as remasters exactly, but SNES game Romancing SaGa 3 and SaGa: Scarlet Grace Ambitions – originally a PS Vita – are both being brought to the West for the first time.

And then there’s also Dragon Quest XI: Definitive Edition for Switch, which is coming out later this and has a number of new features not seen in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions.

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