Square Enix has revealed the digital release date for Final Fantasy 8 Remastered: September 3 for PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. The announcement also includes a new trailer.
The remastered version of the classic Japanese RPG features enchanced HD visuals, as well as several quality of life improvements to speed up the experience, beginning with the ability to simply turn off enemy encounters altogether and just play through the story. A Battle Assist feature grants full HP and ATB during battles, letting you annihilatie foes with reckless abandon, and a speed boost lets you play through the action at 3x the normal speed.
The PC version will also include additional functions that amount to old school cheat codes, like starting with all items, all abilities, and max level.
Final Fantasy 8 originally released on PlayStation One in 1999, marking its 20th anniversary this year. The RPG stars young mercenary Squall Leonhart, who joins with a resistance group to battle the military nation of Galbadia.
Although rarely ranked as one of the best Final Fantasy games, Final Fantasy 8 remains a classic RPG, and one of the better RPGs of the era. Its main fault was following the groundbreaking Final Fantasy 7, which is receiving a full-blown remake.
Final Fantasy 8 Remastered will be out on September 3. It’s rated T for Teen.