The remaster is looking pretty good.
After years of absence from modern platforms, even as its contemporaries saw re-releases/remakes/remasters, Final Fantasy 8 is finally getting its time in the sun with a new remaster that’s coming out to all major platforms. How much of an upgrade is it? Well, we have some information and screenshots for it, and it’s looking pretty good.
You can check out the two comparison screenshots below that contrasts this version to the original PlayStation release. It definitely manages to earn the title of remaster here as the new game looks significantly more detailed than the PS1 original.
As far as new features, Square Enix says the game will see similar QoL tweaks that the other PlayStation Final Fantasy games (7 and 9) re-releases have gotten with the ability to speed up the game up to 3x the original speed, a battle assist mode that lets you to max out your HP and ATB and the ability to turn off random encounters.
Final Fantasy 8 Remastered will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC sometime this year.