Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Announced for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One

Square Enix has announced a remaster for Final Fantasy VIII.

The classic game is being remastered for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. A release is set for sometime this year. Featured above, you can view the debut trailer for the remaster.

The remaster has some new features, including new character models and mechanics:

  • Battle Improvement: Sets HP and ATB at maximum, enabling special skills to be activated whenever.
  • No Encounters: Toggle battle encounters off or on.
  • Triple Speed: All scenes move at three times normal speed (except movies).

The Windows PC version also has some new features:

  • Get All Items: Get all items, excluding some items.
  • Get All Abilities: Acquire all learn-able Guardian Force abilities.
  • Guardian Force Level MAX: Max out all acquired Guardian Force levels.
  • Gil MAX: Max out Gil.
  • Magic MAX: Max out obtainable magic stock.
  • Get All Special Skills: Acquire all special skills.
  • Get All Cards: Get the maximum number of cards, excluding rarer cards.

It’ll be interesting to learn how Square Enix reverse engineered the original Final Fantasy VIII to remaster it – considering the original source code to the game was lost many years ago.

Brandon Orselli

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