Why this matters: Square Enix confirmed this month that the final version of their “pixel remasters” of the first Final Fantasy games will not be released in 2021. However, a screenshot from a recent magazine suggests much visual enhancements. beyond the previous remasters.
When Square Enix initially revealed remasters for the first six main Final Fantasy games, it planned to release all of them in 2021 on Steam and mobile devices. Final Fantasy V was removed on November 20, leaving a small window for FFVI to land in 2021. However, last week, the publisher announced that it had to postpone the remastering until February 2022.
As an apology, Square Enix has added additional music tracks and wallpapers for customers who pre-purchase the game, which they can get when it arrives. The December 2021 issue of Famitsu magazine suggests that the extended development time for the final remaster could be because you did most of the work on it.
The screenshots look like the original Super NES version and the other pixel remasters (below), except for one showing the famous opera scene from Final Fantasy VI rendered in 3D (above). The style resembles the Square Enix 2.5D graphics used for Octopath Traveler and will be applied to the Dragon Quest III remake. None of the other pixel remasters contain changes like this, and it’s the most significant visual enhancement Final Fantasy VI has ever seen.
The first PC versions of Final Fantasy V and VI, which Square Enix released in 2015, were criticized for their messy graphics. V’s pixel remaster, on the other hand, has maintained a positive rating on Steam for the past month, so we can expect VI to do so as well.
Playing Final Fantasy VI right now presents a difficult choice between the Game Boy Advance version with additional content and a better English translation or the much appreciated sound quality of the original Super NES version. This new PC remaster could solve that choice and provide an in-depth update to one of the most critically acclaimed games on the SNES.
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