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Square Enix announced at E3 that it's remastering its classic Final Fantasy games with 2D pixel graphics. Final Fantasy I through VI will see all new releases on mobile and PC, each as a separate title. Clearly, Square is looking to sell these games all over again since many of the previous remasters offer graphics fans don't like, whether that be the dated and undetailed 3D graphics of III and IV or the much-hated redesigned mobile graphics used in V and VI. So even though it's nice to see that Square has finally figured out that its classic pixel graphics are what fans want, it's pretty tiring to see Square constantly reselling its older games over and over. So here's hoping these remasters are top-notch, as I'm sure people are getting sick of repurchasing these games.
Like most E3 announcements, Square has little to show for its planned Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series outside of the above trailer. We don't know when these games will arrive or how they will be priced, just that the first should land "soon."
Each title will be released as a stand-alone game, just like the originals, though I have to say I'm curious to see how Square will handle the aspect ratios for all six games since they were originally designed for 4:3 screens. This is why the previous releases on mobile are all letterboxed or pillarboxed (depending on your device), because they were not designed with dynamic ratio support even though a few of them were specifically recreated for mobile (looking at you V and VI). So here's hoping Square will remaster these games so that they fit all screen ratios no matter the device of choice. Otherwise, I see little reason to repay for these games once again, especially with Square's track record for extremely lackluster support on both mobile and PC.
The Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series sees the first six incredible adventures get a pixel-perfect makeover.
— FINAL FANTASY (@FinalFantasy) June 13, 2021
As you would expect, more details will be released at a later date, so stay tuned since I'm sure Square Enix isn't done trickling out information for the upcoming Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series. Until then, feel free to peruse the official announcement on Square's website.
- Square Enix
The first set of Final Fantasy remasters will land on the Play Store soon
The first three #FinalFantasy pixel remasters are also launching on mobile platforms on July 29th!
— FINAL FANTASY (@FinalFantasy) July 1, 2021
A recent tweet by the official Final Fantasy account has confirmed that Final Fantasy 1-3 are coming to Android as remasters this month. Last month at E3, we learned that the first six titles in the Final Fantasy series would be remastered, and so it would appear that Square Enix is ramping up towards release with today's announcement that 1-3 will land on July 29th for mobile, a day after the Steam releases. We don't yet know the pricing for mobile, though the PC prices are already available on Steam, with a bundle of all six games retailing for $74.99. So here's hoping the prices are better on mobile when the games arrive. Otherwise, it's going to be tough to sell these titles to a crowd that has watched as Square continuously fumbled support for the current crop of premium-priced Final Fantasy titles on the Play Store.