Back at E3 2019, Square Enix finally announced that a Remaster of Final Fantasy VIII will be coming to modern consoles this year.
2019 will see the launch of Final Fantasy VIII Remaster which will overhaul the 12-year-old game and make it more acceptable-looking on modern systems.
As news started to circulate from the trailer after its announcement, there were players that started to get a little concerned: it was becoming increasingly obvious that the game was built on the PC release of the game that released in 2000 (a modified version of which was added to Steam in 2013).
Thing is, that version of the game came with MIDI compositions of the score, rather than the rich 32-bit enabled soundtrack that originally featured on the PlayStation version of the game.
It took away a lot of the atmosphere and feeling from the game and – in our opinion – made the PC version sound cheap and jarring.
Luckily for us, then, Dotemu (the company working on the remaster with Square Enix), confirmed that the developers are using the original PlayStation soundtrack for the 2019 release, rather than the PC version.
Phew. As excited as we are to be able to play this game again (it's very much this writer's belief that this game is the best Final Fantasy, broken or not!) we don't think the MIDI-backed version of the game does it justice.
We can see from the trailer below and the article we posted about the game's graphical upgrade that Square Enix and Dotemu are taking great care with the port, and are giving the game the care and attention it deserves.
"Coming in 2019, FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered marks the 20th Anniversary of its original release with a new visual refresh and brings the games beloved story to modern platforms: Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
"With overhauled visuals, see your favorite characters come to life like never before!" reads a press release from Square Enix.
The remaster will launch some time in 2019.
Here's a bit more information on what we know about the Final Fantasy 8 Remaster that's due to arrive on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch later this year:
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