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E3 - Square Enix Final Fantasy VIII Remastered - Trailer [for PS4, Switch, XboxOne and PC]

Breakage

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I was surprised to hear about this. It looks as if they have gone for a look similar to the character models in Kingdom Hearts.
 

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I’ll just say 3 things.

1. “Well the name is Final FANTASY” is the dumbest and least satisfying possible way to explain away all of the bizarre things that happen in FF VIII. That’s 100x worse than the “it’s a dream” theory.

2. In any kind of mythology/fiction/religious tradition/etc, when a character dies and comes back to life, that is a profoundly significant and transformative moment for that character’s development. For Squall, not only isn’t it not significant, but nobody even considers it to be demanding of an explanation at all. Just “huh, I’m alive and I have no wound” and then nobody so much as mentions it again. Very dream-like in that something earth-shattering can happen one moment and then be forgotten the next moment as if it didn’t really happen.

3. There are lots of other bizarre twists like that, where they should have some huge significance, yet they just come and go as if it’s the natural course of things and never get mentioned again. E.g. NORG, the big alien thingy that lives in the basement of Balamb garden and controls the school. You discover hI’m, kill him, then that’s it, nobody mentions it again or wonders what in the hell just happened.

Honestly the only alternative in my mind is that it’s poorly written and/or rushed/not as fleshed out as it should be. But I prefer the theory and so that’s why I’m sticking to it.
1. I mean, I dunno what more to tell ya. It’s always funny to me when people bring up how bizarre and strange certain elements of FF8 are and use that as a reason to buy into this. Like, “Guardian Forces? Okay. Chocobos? Sure. Body-jacking some dude in the past? Still on board. But Moombas? That’s where I draw the fucking line. Monsters live on the moon? This is clearly a death dream. Except for that other FF game where monsters lived on the moon, that one was real.”

2. You know what would easily explain the fact that nobody really mentions Squall dying and coming back to life? The fact that that’s not at all what happened. You’re using the point you’re trying to prove as proof of itself.

3. NORG is discussed more by the citizens of Shumi village. I may be misremembering, but I think the headmaster of Galbadia Garden mentions him briefly at some point too? Did it deserve more attention? Sure absolutely. But I mean...

I’ve played most of the Final Fantasy games, and as much as I love the series, based on its history if one choice is “not super well-written or thought out” and the other choice is “brilliant subtle secret meaning” it should be pretty clear what’s happening with FF8.

It’s my favorite of the PS1 FF games but I love it for what it is.
 

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I’ve played most of the Final Fantasy games, and as much as I love the series, based on its history if one choice is “not super well-written or thought out” and the other choice is “brilliant subtle secret meaning” it should be pretty clear what’s happening with FF8.
Yeah... incredibly subtle, deep, convoluted, brilliant, secret meaning, right? :messenger_grinning_squinting:
 
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I didn’t see it posted yet, or I missed it but the original FFVIII had pocketstation functionality which never got shipped outside of Japan. Now the little side game called Chocobo World was playable through this(looks like an ancient game boy game) where you can collect items(even GF Moomba & Mog) that can be transfer to your ffviii game.

Now the PC version iirc has the chocobo world mini game, I’m wondering if FFVIII remaster will have it or some way to get said items.
 
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Just tried to reinstall the current Steam version and the EULA already refers to it as the Remastered version. Weird. Is it coming sooner than we think?
Or maybe someone was just extremely premature with updating the EULA lol
 
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Seems like this confirms the backgrounds haven't been improved. Looks like they've blurred them slightly which doesn't really make the games art direction look coheisive.

At least for the current version of FFVIII on PC there's a AI upscaling mode for the backgrounds which may hopefully be salvaged and ported for the remaster on PC. Console users are still gonna get buggered though.
 
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Seems like this confirms the backgrounds haven't been improved. Looks like they've blurred them slightly which doesn't really make the games art direction look coheisive.

At least for the current version of FFVIII on PC there's a AI upscaling mode for the backgrounds which may hopefully be salvaged and ported for the remaster on PC. Console users are still gonna get buggered though.
It's likely to be a port of the Steam version with upgraded assets

Both FF7 and FF9 were the steam editions, so with some fiddling, you're able to install a good portion of the PC mods into the Switch version :D

Can't say the same for PS4/XBone IIUC
 

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Does this have a release date yet?
 

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Seems like this confirms the backgrounds haven't been improved. Looks like they've blurred them slightly which doesn't really make the games art direction look coheisive.
You should play FFVI "remaster" then. The mix of styles is absolutely horrendous: Vanilla pixelated backgrounds + horrible redrawn sprites + giant touch buttons for menus + 10 polygons building models in the world map.
 
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Surely they can get somebody on AI uoscaling the backgrounds, but whatever. I’m in.

Retail disk release? Digital only sounds like a safe bet. Just hope the price is good. This has had a LOT more work than any of the others, after all...

There are several speculations and clues that say that Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will be released in physical version :messenger_smiling_with_eyes:
 
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