After years of waiting, Final Fantasy 8 is finally getting the remaster that it so richly deserves, and it’s coming in September.
We didn’t learn much about the Final Fantasy 8 remaster when Square Enix showed the first trailer for it at E3 2019, but all fans really needed to know is that it exists at all. For years, fans have waited for Square Enix to resurrect this PlayStation JRPG, and for years, they have been disappointed. That is until now.
So why has it taken so long for Square Enix to resurrect Final Fantasy 8? Answers to that question tend to vary, but one of the most interesting theories involve the idea that Square Enix essentially lost the Final Fantasy 8 source code years ago. As such, it was difficult for them to remaster the game as it essentially meant remaking it. Others have suggested that Final Fantasy 8 simply wasn’t popular enough to warrant a remake.
We tend not to believe that latter theory. Final Fantasy 8 was weird (just check out some of the incredible fan theories surrounding the game, but considering that Square Enix has gone out of their way to re-release just about every other Final Fantasy, we tend to think that there was something else going on behind the scenes which prevented them from doing so in this particular instance.
In any case, it’s great to hear that Final Fantasy 8 is coming back. It might not be the best Final Fantasy game ever made (and it certainly doesn’t have the prestige of Final Fantasy 7), but it’s a fascinating piece of Final Fantasy history that so happens to also be an incredible adventure in its own right. Final Fantasy 8 is certainly one of those times that a popular series just decided to try something completely different, and it’s hard not to love it for that.
Final Fantasy 8‘s remaster will be released on September 3rd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.