What you need to know

  • Final Fantasy VIII is regarded as a cult classic.
  • Square Enix is bringing a remastered version to Xbox One and other platforms.
  • The game launches on September 3.
  • You can preorder it for $20 through the Microsoft Store.

Updated August 30, 2019: According to Xbox Wire, Final Fantsy VIII Remastered will be Xbox One X Enhanced. It's unclear what the benefits are at the moment, but hopefully, we'll be able to find out soon. We've reached out to Square Enix for confirmation and shall update you as soon as we know.

A few months ago, Square Enix announced that it was bringing a number of Final Fantasy games to Xbox One. Luckily, one of the announced titles was Final Fantasy VIII. Final Fantasy VIII is regarded as a cult classic and focuses on war. The Republic of Galbadia, under the influence of the sorceress Edea, mobilizes its armies against other nations of the world. Squall and other members of SeeD, an elite mercenary force, join hands with Rinoa, a resistance fighter, to fight against Galbadia's tyrannical rule and to prevent Edea from fulfilling her ultimate goal.

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If you played Final Fantasy VIII back in the day, you may remember the pixelated visuals. Aside from substantially upgrading the visuals, this remaster features multiple enhancements including additional options to customize your gameplay experience. You can take a look at some of the changes below.

  • Battle assist options like HP, ATB gauge, and Limit Break boosts.
  • Game speed boosts up to three times the speed.
  • No random encounters to ease exploration.

You can preorder Final Fantasy VIII for $20 through the Microsoft Store right now. It's coming out on September 3, so the wait isn't too long. Unfortunately, it doesn't look it features Xbox One X enhancements like other games in the franchise that have made their way onto Xbox One.

So much nostalgia

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

It looks pretty good

The mega-hit role-playing game, Final Fantasy VIII returns! This Xbox One version features new graphical enhancements and a whole host of options to customize your gameplay experience.

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