Last month, Square Enix revealed that they would be releasing the first six Final Fantasy games in a new Pixel Remaster collection. The assumption many fans had was that we would be getting all six games at once right from the start, but that doesn't appear to be the case. While all six will come together at some point, the company has confirmed that the first three games in the series will be released individually, but at the same, as they all drop on PC on July 28th, 2021. As you can see from the images below, you're getting a mix of redrawn 2D artwork and characters, as they turn these retro titles into masterpieces of gaming. No word as to when the other three will drop or when the six-in-one bundle will be released. For now, we have quotes from a few of the people involved (including series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi) and official intros for the first three games.
"When working on the originals, I didn't think that the Final Fantasy series would be remastered almost 35 years later," says Hironobu Sakaguchi looking back on the series he created "The video game industry had only just been established. So, with nobody else leading the way, we had to keep moving forward at the front line. I remember how we went through a lot of trial and error at that time. I'm very happy and grateful that Final Fantasy has continued for such a long period of time."
"Every time a new Final Fantasy title is released, I think there are those who want to return to the origin of the series. This project began because we wanted to create a convenient way for fans and new players to enjoy these original classics, with consistent graphics and a unified user interface," says Final Fantasy Brand Manager and Final Fantasy VII Remake Producer Yoshinori Kitase.
Further, in regard to the renowned soundtrack of the Final Fantasy series, series composer Nobuo Uematsu also confirmed, "We are rearranging all the music tracks this time. One of the first ideas I had was to make sure to stay faithful to the originals, but of course I couldn't just leave it in the original three-tone sound, so they have been built up into full-scale tracks. I have made sure that the original atmosphere has been retained and each can be listened to as separate music pieces, so that fans can enjoy."
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Final Fantasy II
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Final Fantasy III
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