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‘Final Fantasy 8: Remaster’ release date: Game slated for release on Sept. 3, Square Enix confirms

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Fans of the franchise have been eagerly waiting when Square Enix will announce the release date of “Final Fantasy 8: Remaster.” Now, that wait is over as the gaming studio confirmed in this year’s Gamescom that the remaster will available on Sept. 3.

“Final Fantasy 8: Remaster” will be able to run on Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Keep in mind, however, that this is only a remaster and not a complete remake similar to what’s been given to “Final Fantasy VII: Remake.”

As such, most of the changes you will see in “Final Fantasy 8: Remaster” will mainly focus on graphics with some minor improvements on battle mechanics and quality of life. PC players will have more freedom from the get-go as Square Enix opted to provide the platform with cheat codes that can accelerate their progress.

Final Fantasy 8: Remaster is essentially a time machine

Of course, with “Final Fantasy 8: Remaster” being an RPG title where the journey is far more rewarding than the destination, most –if not all – will likely opt not to take the easy route. Indeed, one of the major reasons this remaster is gaining a lot of attention was due to the nostalgia factor that it will bring.

From the “Best looking guy meme” that spread across the web to the Triple Triad mini-game that will likely dominate most of the player’s time, “Final Fantasy 8: Remaster” is essentially a time machine wrapped in a game. As for the decision that led to the complete makeover of the title, game director Yoshinori Kitase said that they wanted to do it justice that’s why they poured so many hours in developing it.

Final Fantasy 8: Remaster and the decision behind its development

“At first, the plan was to release [Final Fantasy 8: Remaster] on current-generation hardware, with more or less the same graphics. However, the title recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and since TVs evolved from SD CRTs to LCD HDTVs, we decided that it was necessary to improve on character quality,” Kitase said.

The fans, of course, have been roaring with excitement and have expressed their desire to get their hands on “Final Fantasy 8: Remaster” as they want to bathe in the lake of nostalgia. The game is ready for pre-order at $20.

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