So, E3 is a thing that’s happening, and, as is their wont, game companies are making announcements at it. This news, however, has piqued my interest more than the rest.
See, it turns out that Final Fantasy VIII is not only going to be re-released for its 20th anniversary, it’s getting a full-on remaster.
As to why this excites me, while FFVIII isn’t my favorite game in the series, it’s pretty high up there. It’s the first one I ever played all the way through, so it holds a special place in my heart. I first got the game in 2000 for PC as a 17th birthday gift from my parents. (Note: our family computer really didn’t run the game all that well, and it crashed almost constantly). Then, I got the original PlayStation version of the game after a got a PS2. After that copy stopped working a couple of years ago, I bought the Steam version.
The trailer for the game shows some marked graphical improvements, even more so that the Steam re-release. Though not shown in the trailer, I would also guess that Square Enix will also be including some other gameplay changes, like some of the “cheat” settings included in the re-releases of FFVII and FFIX. For example, those two games were given settings that increased the speed of the game itself, which makes level grinding less of a pain in the ass.
Honestly, I’m actually looking forward to this more than the Final Fantasy VII remake.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered doesn’t have a release date quite yet, but it should be sometime before the year is out.