It’s finally here! But also, it was buried.
Square Enix’s 2019 E3 had a lot to get excited about, from an extended gameplay demo of Final Fantasy VII remake to the unveiling of Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers game. But, oddly enough, the Final Fantasy 8 Remastered reveal caused the loudest excited response among the staff in IGN’s temporary studio – and simultaneously prompted just as many groans.
The reason to be excited for the Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is obvious. It had become a running joke that all Final Fantasy games were available, except Final Fantasy 8, on modern consoles. The cast of Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN’s Nintendo podcast, constantly questioned what had happened to it. Rumor has it the source files for Final Fantasy 8 were too difficult to simply port, primarily a preservation issue.
For reference, during the September 2018 Nintendo Direct, Final Fantasy 7, 9, 10, 10-2, and 12 (all titles previously available on the PlayStation 4) were revealed to be coming to the Nintendo Switch. See what’s missing? The release of Final Fantasy 8 Remastered finally fills the gap in the lineup of modern (3D) Final Fantasy games.
Matt Purslow, IGN’s News Editor, reacted entirely positively to the reveal, but not only because it fills this obvious gap.
“I think Final Fantasy 8 is wonderful, and the character models in the remake look great,” Purslow said. “It’s one of my favorite Final Fantasy’s, and the PC version looked awful and just didn’t work great. So I haven’t played it since I was 14-years-old.”
This sentiment was shared among many, but those who sighed in exasperation did so not just because of the the title. Square Enix promised to reveal more information about the highly anticipated Crystal Dynamics’ The Avengers Project – now known simply as Marvel’s Avengers. When we saw the Final Fantasy 8 Remastered trailer start, it was about an hour into the Square Enix press conference, and the word “Avenger” hadn’t been uttered once.
We were also on the *checks notes* 16th JRPG trailer, and the eighth Final Fantasy trailer of the Square Enix conference (if you count the five different Final Fantasy VII: Remake clips as separate. I’m going off of IGN’s clipped-out trailers). I can see why this may have been an exasperating experience for those who were watching solely for Avengers. I saw a few Tweets with this sort of mood, which some of our coworkers shared:
Luckily, Marvel hopefuls were treated to an extensive look at Marvel’s Avengers right after the hype-inducing Final Fantasy 8 Remastered trailer. Yeah, Liberi Fatali is a bop and you can’t tell me anything different – and you can listen to it and all other Final Fantasy soundtracks on Spotify and other music streaming services now.
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Casey DeFreitas is an Editor at IGN who loves monster hunting, slaying, and catching. Catch her on Twitter @ShinyCaseyD.