Final Fantasy VIII Remastered launches next month

Final Fantasy VIII’s recently announced remaster will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC from September 3rd, 2019.

The remaster was officially announced at E3 back in June and features enhanced visuals, a Battle Assist feature that maxes out HP and ATB, an option to turn off encounters, and a speed boost option. A full breakdown of the game’s features (via PlayStation Blog) can be found below:

  • Enhanced Visuals: Several characters, enemies, GF, and objects have been refined to look better than ever before.
  • Battle Assist: Activate this booster to max out HP and ATB bars – and trigger Limit Breaks at any time. You will lose all HP when you get hit by a critical attack that gives more damage than your HP, or by lethal damage.
  • No Encounters: Want to explore without fear of attack? Activate this option to turn off random encounters. Event battles must still be done in order to advance the story.
  • 3x Speed Boost: Accelerates time by a factor of three – perfect if you want to speed through easy battles or get somewhere in a hurry. This feature will not apply to certain scenes including movies.

In addition to the above, the PC release will include a couple of extra cheats that grant players every item in the game except for a “few certain items” and unlock all abilities for acquired GFs.

To accompany the release date announcement, Square Enix has shared a new trailer for the remaster that shows off the enhanced versions of Squall, Rinoa, Selphie, Quistis, Edea, and more. Check it out below:

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