This last E3, Square-Enix announced that they would re-release Final Fantasy VIII onto modern platforms at some point this year. With Gamescom in full swing, the publisher took advantage of the occasion to announce a definitive release date. Indeed, the already packed month of September just got yet another release for us to look forward to; Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is launching on September 3 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

With Dotemu behind its development, the return of this classic long thought lost brings with it a few new options. For a more pleasant run, Battle Assist maxes out HP and ATB while allowing unlimited Limit Breaks, random encounters can be turned off, and cutscenes can be sped up to 3x playback speed. The Steam version also comes with a few bonus functions unique to the platform.

For all but Switch, you can now preorder Final Fantasy VIII Remastered digitally for $19.99. There are reports of a possible physical release, but these remain unconfirmed at the time of writing.

Also at the time of writing, I’ve already completely lost count of the number of high profile releases launching next month! Link’s Awakening, Ori and the Blind Forest, Daemon X Machina, Square-Enix’s own Dragon Quest XI S, and now FFVIII among others? I can’t keep up!

Will you have Gil to spare for the release of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered in September? Let us know in the comments.


Jeffrey McDonell
Rare import from Canada, lover of all things video game music and remixes, desk jockey by day, and Nintendo Enthusiast by night. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube, with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood.

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