Final Fantasy VIII Leads Players to Switch

At E3 this year, Square Enix‘s live event confirmed suspicions that Final Fantasy VIII Remastered would come to the Switch. The release date has finally been announced. The title will be released to the Nintendo Switch and multiple other platforms on September 3.

Final Fantasy VIII is based off of the 1999 PlayStation original. The remastered game has new graphic enhancements, along with brand new options and mechanics that make the game run smoother. The players will now be able to customize their gameplay experience.

Square Enix dropped a release date reveal trailer on their YouTube channel. Get ready to reunite with friends and define the course of time; this time YOU decide how you play with Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.

The remastered edition enhances the original aspect and adventures of the game, along with new features. We can look forward to:

  • Enhanced visuals. Several characters, enemies, and objects have been refined.
  • Battle Assist. Activate this booster in order to max out your HP and ATB bars, trigger Limit Breaks at any time. You will lose all HP when you get hit by a critical attack that gives more damage than your HP, or by lethal damage.
  • No encounters. This prohibits random encounters. Event battles still have to be completed in order for the story to advance, but you can explore without encountering enemies.
  • 3x speed boost. If you’re looking to speed up the game, or at the very least speed through easy battles, this feature is perfect. It accelerates time by a factor of 3, allowing you to get somewhere in a hurry. This feature won’t work with select scenes and movies.

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Final Fantasy 8 is the Best Looking Game Here

The Final Fantasy 8 reboot has been a long time coming, but Square Enix gave fans a preview of what they’re in store for. Except, this time it was in the form of a meme.

Instead of letting us drool over another trailer, or giving us another look at the new visuals – Square decided it was more appropriate to give us exactly what we wanted. Final Fantasy recreated a fan favorite scene, and when we say ‘favorite’ we’re using it loosely. PS1 Squall was not looking too good. For reference, this is what we’re talking about:

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Oh, how the times have changed. With higher resolution character models, and new very visible faces, the game developers did not come to play. The preview below gives us insight on what’s to come.

The Final Fantasy 8 remaster follows the news of developers recreating the seventh game within the series. Game developers for the seventh game have said that their focus is to modernize the RPG classic. This means that it was not to ‘just make a one-for-one copy.’ They plan to reimagine the first installment and delve deeper into the nostalgia. Yoshinori Kitase, producer, says, “we wanted to go beyond the original and tell the story in a much deeper way, write a much more modern and fresh game experience.” The remake is confirmed to focus more on the characters, their storylines, and the development of each of their personalities.

Final Fantasy 8 remaster will be released on September 3, 2019, and available to users on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

Final Fantasy 7 remake will be released on March 3, 2020, and available to users on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

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Final Fantasy 14 Developers Plan to Condense Main Storyline

Square Enix is no stranger to sometimes overbearing and overwhelming storylines. The game developers for Final Fantasy 14 are now working on condensing the main quest for 14‘s base game, A Realm Reborn.

The Final Fantasy series is known for certain storylines within games being a bit of a slog, but this one seems to be different. A Realm Reborn left many fans displeased. The developments were announced on Wednesday during a livestream that was shortly after translated from Japanese to English. The livestream was translated by a Square Enix forum community rep.

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The FFXIV team confirmed the main quest will be shortened. This comes after players have been getting multiple content updates, along with expansions that make the main quest longer than any game in the series before it. “We’re working on adjusting the A Realm Reborn main scenario to be more compact, and are aiming for patch 5.3,” the update from Square Enix forums reads. Many believe this is their effort to get people playing Shadowbringers, as patch 5.3 is months away.

In the meantime, here’s what you can look out for in patch 5.1

The first Shadowbringers beast tribe quest line, the extreme version of final Shadowbringers trial, and changes to crafting and gathering systems are among the new update. Along comes part one of the YoRHa Nier alliance raids, and circles; a new feature for community groups that are less restrictive. Developers also took into account what the fans had been asking for, and confirmed that they are already working on some requests. For example, facial hair for male Hyur character, more hairstyles, increased armory space, the ability to preview battle voice options when making characters, and Y’shtola‘s Black Mage outfit as a glamour item.

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