We now know when Final Fantasy 8 will at last join its PS-1 era colleagues as a high-definition re-released product on modern devices! And it happens in two weeks: September 3.
We not only know the release date, but the specific special features. There were questions about how cheats like invincibility would work, given that FF is wired so that increasing your level actually increases the level of the monsters around you (key to victory: junctioning). They must have found a way, because the enhancements offered here are similar to the other releases:
- Battle Assist: The ability to always have maxed out HP and ATB, and trigger Limit Breaks at any time.
- No Encounters: An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story event battles.
- 3x Speed Boost: Play through the game with three times the speed.
- The STEAM version will also receive additional functions, including All Items (possess all items except for a few certain items), All Abilities, GF Max Level, Max Gil, Max Magic, All Limit Breaks, and All Cards (possess max number of Triple Triad Cards except for Rare Cards).
Aw….where’s the fun in having all the cards?
Final Fantasy 8 revolves around Squall, a brooding “whatever”-ing loner who’s attending Balamb Garden to become a soldier for SEED, some kind of army. One day an MPDG named Rinoa skips up to him and attempts to dance with him. From that point forward she won’t leave him alone despite his complete lack of visible interest in her. But then she winds up in a lot of trouble and Squall realizes he likes her after all, setting out to rescue her (IN SPAAAACE).
Final Fantasy 8 Remastered has its eyes on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One and Steam September 3.