Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is Releasing a Lot Sooner Than Expected

Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is Releasing a Lot Sooner Than Expected

In just two weeks, Squall will be on the Switch.

While a Final Fantasy remake carries on in development, another classic Final Fantasy will see the light of day very soon. Final Fantasy 8 Remastered will hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on September 3.

Announced on Final Fantasy's social media, the spruced up RPG will be arriving pretty soon. Store listings are up on various digital storefronts at $19.99, a surprisingly reasonable price given the bout of $40 to $60 RPG remasters we've seen lately.

Announced back at E3 2019, this isn't necessarily as drastic a shift as the Final Fantasy 7 remake. Rather, Final Fantasy 8 is just getting an aesthetic tune-up, leaving the inner workings still intact. As our Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey will tell you, Final Fantasy 8 was always good. It's often considered the odd duck out of the PlayStation One run of the series, but for those who got attached, it seems to hold a special place in their heart.

The remaster does have a few new quirks, though. There are options for speeding through cutscenes, turning on a battle assist to blast through battles, or simply turning off encounters altogether. Want to play Final Fantasy 8: The Adventure Game? You can!

The Steam version gets a few cheat-like functions as well, like maxing out Gil, Magic, and Cards. It's a package that seems built for returning fans who want to find ways to break the game, or just speed along to their favorite parts.

I might pick it up myself too. I haven't played Final Fantasy 8 since I lost that Pizza Hut demo disc that also had Crash Team Racing and Ape Escape. If you're looking to jump into Final Fantasy in the near future, be sure to check out our beginner's guide to the classic series.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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