PC Version Of Final Fantasy VI Opened Up To Modding

As they always say when it comes to gaming on the PC, if something is broke – PC gamers can fix it. One of the problems with that saying in recent years, however, is that many games are being made (either purposefully or through sloppy coding) hard to modify. Such was the case with the recently launched PC version of Final Fantasy VI that was released via Steam, which, among other things, had longtime fans upset over its updated visuals.

Modder Jed Lang, who wanted to make the game code pliable to other users, has created a tool that allows for modifying of Final Fantasy VI called FFVI_Explore. This tool’s ability to extract the compressed game files managed to reveal the surprising fact that an intact ROM of the Gameboy Advance Final Fantasy VI exists within the Steam version’s install:

    “Final Fantasy VI is sort of unique compared to the other Final Fantasys on Steam,” said modder Christopher Cooper, who goes by the handle Krisan Thyme online. “Square actually have a copy of the original Final Fantasy VI inside the Steam release of Final Fantasy VI, and what they do is reference the original copy as a database to pull information such as cutscenes, where sprites are located, how the map is constructed, item stats, AI. It references all the stuff out of the original game, pulls it out, and constructs it in the new engine. It’s pretty cool stuff, honestly. From a programming perspective it’s a really clever solution to remastering the game, as opposed to remaking everything from the ground up. They just take the data from the old version, and render it out in a supposedly prettier way.”

As you can imagine, a mod is already in progress which adds back in the original 16bit sprites. Though it’s a work in progress, you can follow it through its Steam group. There is also a devoted Final Fantasy VI modding group as well.

New releases of FFVI_Explore are announced via Lang’s Twitter account, such as the newest version, which was introduced a week ago.

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Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

  1. Neojames82
    January 28, 2016 at 11:39 am

    If this guy to do this with the FFV port as well, I for sure will be willing to buy both of these on Steam. I love the new monster sprites but hate hate HATE the character sprites and the fonts.

  2. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    January 28, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Once again, modders doing what the developers and publishers should have done.

  3. deadeye
    January 28, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Wow, what it’s doing with the ROM is actually really cool. Definitely a clever time saver. I wonder if other remasters have done this sort of thing. It’s quite literally taking the old and making it new.

    It’s a shame about the horrid visuals though. But I suppose that problem will be fixed.

  4. Immahnoob
    January 28, 2016 at 11:52 am

    We all love mods, don’t we?

  5. tetrisdork
    January 28, 2016 at 11:59 am

    My body is ready for a Macho Man version of FFVI. He needs to be in ALL the PC games.

  6. CrusaderEsper
    January 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Square could have made the HD sprites look good. They just didn’t.

  7. BaronKrause
    January 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    If the new sprites are actually higher resolution someone could do do a Lunar on IOS like situation. They went back and did HD sprites for everything, but did it in a way that kept the originals exact look and feel. They must of loaded the old sprite into Photoshop and drew/traced over them at a higher resolution.

  8. Edson Diablo
    Edson Diablo
    January 28, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    And it would be awesome. I dislike the new sprites not because they are HD, only because the both disrespect the original designs and just doesn’t seem to fit the world.

    But oh well. maybe someday they will make a proper FF6 remake. I’ll be waiting.

  9. Nagato
    January 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    While the original sprites are a nice change, I came across this better looking project to mod in higher quality ones that will be made from scratch for this. Can’t find it right now, though.

    Also, I’m wondering if the upcoming FFIX release does the same with the original’s ISO.

  10. chizwoz
    January 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Who did those?

  11. chizwoz
    January 28, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    If someone wants to redo the entire game, great. I doubt anyone will though so I’ll just stick the original with some texture filters.
    What would be GREAT would be if someone redid the FF9 character models when that comes to PC.

  12. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    January 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    If you could frankenstien in the original quality graphics and sound plus your choice of script (Woolsey, GBA or 日本語) to the bug fixes and extra content of the latter releases, this might actually be worth money.

    Shame fans had to do it.

  13. Robert
    January 28, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    He lives on through mods.

  14. Ace
    January 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I love modders. I might actually buy this version if the graphics and sound fixes are completed.

  15. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    January 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    The PC modders never let me down. c:

  16. scemar
    January 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I love it when the community takes matters to its hands, be it fansubs or uncensor patches or 60fps fixes or this.

  17. Para-Medic
    January 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I can’t wait for this mod to really get going! Last I checked, the author was waiting on another dude to determine if sprite file-sizes could be made larger… It’s really ambitious, I hope the guy doesn’t get overwhelmed lol. Oh and thanks for crediting me. (^_−)☆

  18. 2501
    January 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    For the love of god bring back the 16-bit sprites and get rid of that shitty tablet-esque interface for combat.

  19. dathip
    January 28, 2016 at 5:40 pm


  20. Visci
    January 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I hope people do the same thing for FFV. That one I actually consider buying.

  21. Meinos Kaen
    Meinos Kaen
    January 29, 2016 at 5:28 am

    … Those are some big breasts.

  22. dogmentation
    January 29, 2016 at 7:40 am

    One of my old friends, imzogelmo, is among the most ore-eminent modders of the FF6 Rom on the web. If there’s anything that was imperfect about the original game, it’s been corrected by now — why reinvent the wheel? Just get a SNES emu and enjoy it proper from the get-go.
    That said, I would be surprised if his peers weren’t the same ones working on this bizarre little project.