Square Enix definitely had one of the most exciting E3 press conferences at this year's event, showing off highly anticipated games like Marvel's Avengers and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, as well as making huge new game announcements. One of the most exciting announcements from Square Enix's E3 2019 presentation was the reveal of Final Fantasy 8 Remastered, which finally brings the JRPG classic to modern consoles. The biggest upgrade from the original Final Fantasy 8 to Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is the vastly improved graphics, which Square Enix recently showed off by referencing a famous meme about the PS1 game.
A popular Final Fantasy 8 meme shows the scene where Rinoa tells Squall, "You're the best looking guy here." The meme then zooms in on Squall's highly pixelated face, which was due to the hardware limitations of the PS1. Final Fantasy 8 Remastered gives Squall defined facial features, so this scene may no longer come across as unintentionally hilarious. Square Enix referenced this meme with a video it shared on Twitter that zooms in on Squall's face as it will appear in Final Fantasy 8 Remastered.
This short video really shows off Final Fantasy 8 Remastered's improved character models, which are leaps and bounds ahead of what was originally presented in the PS1 version. The improved graphics may be reason enough alone for some fans to revisit the game, but Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is bringing more to the table than a simple graphics upgrade.
Namely, Final Fantasy 8 Remastered will offer optional enhancements that will allow players to blow through some of the game's more tedious sections. For example, Final Fantasy 8 Remastered lets players turn random battles off, start the game with Max HP, and start the game fully-leveled. These options are more for people who just want to experience the story or who have already completed Final Fantasy 8 in the past and want to take a quick stroll down memory lane instead of having to spend time level grinding.
In the meantime, some fans may be anxious to learn when they'll actually be able to play Final Fantasy 8 Remastered. Square Enix has yet to reveal a release date for the game, but it's still slated for launch at some point later this year.
Final Fantasy 8 Remastered will launch in 2019 for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.