Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Announced For 2019 Release
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered was confirmed at Square Enix’s E3 conference. It’s not nearly as substantial an undertaking as the Final Fantasy VII remake, but it is more than a simple re-release we’re looking at new character models that make for a pretty substantial visual upgrade compared with the original.
Revealed in a trailer, the re-release of the teenage angst-filled RPG will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. We saw footage of some of the game’s most iconic scenes and characters, which will certainly hit you in the nostalgia bones if you actually liked this entry for some reason.
At a glance, it looks like a nicely touched-up remaster, far clearer than the pixel mess that 3D games were on the Playstation at low resolutions. Final Fantasy VIII is notable as being the turning point where the series dramatically increased its audiovisual production fidelity and art style, featuring realistic character designs and vocals in its soundtrack. It also made some highly contentious design decisions, namely a unique magic system which did not use a traditional MP gauge and required you to “Draw” spells from enemies. However, Final Fantasy VIII did have one of the series’ most beloved side activities, a card game called Triple Triad.
Although Square Enix has released nearly all of its other main series Final Fantasy games for the Switch, Final Fantasy VIII has long been absent. A release date for the remaster has not yet been announced, all we know is will release sometime this year.