The game definitely has its fans.
While you wouldn’t be too far removed to think that Final Fantasy 8 is sort of a ‘black sheep’ of the franchise considering how little love or attention it gets in online circles, the reality is the game has been quite popular. It’s getting a remastered version next month, and it’s coming to a pretty dedicated fanbase.
Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy 8 has now surpassed 9.6 million sales. When you consider the lack of re-releases compared to other entries, that’s pretty amazing, and shows how strong the franchise has been for a long time.
On less enthused news, they also confirmed that the remastered version of the title will be digital only across all platforms. There were rumors that the game would get a physical release with some form of voice acting earlier, but those hopes seemed to be dashed now (Thanks to Final Fantasy Union for translations).
Final Fantasy 8 Remastered releases September 3rd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. This version will undoubtedly manage to push the game past that 10 million mark. Not too bad for a black sheep.