Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Will Launch On September 3rd
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will be available to play on September 3, 2019. Square Enix has confirmed the release date of the game for PS4 and Xbox One.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered brings back the beloved entry in the franchise to modern platforms. It will be released on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Square Enix has shared a new trailer that confirms the release date for the game. It was rated by ESRB last month.
The game comes with some quality-of-life tweaks and improved visuals. There are other gameplay tweaks like in the recent remasters for Final Fantasy games including Final Fantasy IX.
- Enhanced visuals: Several characters, enemies, GF, and objects have been refined to look better than ever before.
- Battle Assist: Activate this booster to max out HP and ATB bars—and trigger Limit Breaks at any time. You will lose all HP when you get hit by a critical attack that gives more damage than your HP, or by lethal damage.
- No encounters: Want to explore without fear of attack? Activate this option to turn off random encounters. Event battles must still be done in order to advance the story.
- 3x speed boost: Accelerates time by a factor of three—perfect if you want to speed through easy battles or get somewhere in a hurry. This feature will not apply to certain scenes including movies.
If we compare the visuals to the original game, there is a big upgrade and shows that Square Enix spent some time in remastering it instead of just straight up porting it. The original source code of Final Fantasy VIII was reportedly lost by Square Enix so this might be an effort made from the ground up to release on modern platforms.
The game was first announced at E3 2019. It will be released on September 3, 2019, for PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version is also launching on the same date while Nintendo Switch version has yet to get a confirmation. The price of the game is set at $19.99 making it a budget-priced remaster.