An epic love story, a war that spans multiple generations and a tale of the importance of memories. Any way you slice it, Final Fantasy 8 represents the best that the franchise has to offer, a magnificent sequel that took the baton that Final Fantasy 7 passed to it and ran further ahead of the competition with a package that offered fans more mature themes and fascinating gameplay mechanics.
And yet, Final Fantasy 8 has always been seen as the black sheep of the family. A game that has in recent years, been cast aside and forgotten about while every other Final Fantasy game found itself ported to new systems and given high definition upgrades. What gives? Why the lack of love that has resulted in one of the best chapters in the series being thrown into digital purgatory, never to be spoken of again?
Maybe it has something to do with the original game code being lost to time or Square Enix not wanting to pony up and pay royalty fees to Faye Wong. Whatever the actual reason is for Final Fantasy 8 being MIA, it looks like the two-decade long exile is finally over:
I’m not going to mince words here: I’m feeling actual emotions currently. It’s not that I’m excited to play my favourite Final Fantasy yet again on a new system (This will add to the fact that I’ve clocked FF8 on PlayStations 1-3, PS Vita and PC), but I’m excited for other people to experience it. I’m over the moon, with the idea that there will be an audience who learns the Junction system for the first time, explores hidden laboratories to uncover powerful Guardian Forces and assembles a cast of soldiers to save the day.
It’s about damn time, is what I’m saying. Final Fantasy 8 is out later this year on PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.
I’m not crying, you’re the one who junctioned Waterga to your tear ducts.
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Last Updated: June 11, 2019