Last night, Nintendo and Square Enix Final Fantasy pleased by announcing a whole bunch of new Switch ports. It's Final Fantasy VII Final Fantasy IX Final Fantasy X / X-2 Final Fantasy XII and even the cute pocket edition of Final Fantasy XV ]. But where is Final Fantasy VIII ?
It's not clear why Squall and Rinoa's adventures have not cut, but for some reason Square Enix has left FFVIII out of all its latest releases, now coming to both Switch and Xbox One. On PS4, you can buy gates in the PlayStation versions of Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy IX and HD Remaker of X and XII but you can not get VIII . Similarly, both FFVII and FFIX are out for smartphones, but there are no FFVIII in sight.
FFVIII is available on PS3 and PSP, and you can capture the old PC version on Steam, but as the Square ports are the games for new platforms, Final Fantasy VIII has been ignored. It is not clear why.
This is not very reasonable. (I asked Square why it jumps FFVIII but has not heard yet.) It's not like Final Fantasy VIII is some broken piece of history that the company will pretend never happened like Final Fantasy IV: The After Years . The pivotal to realism and hard sci-fi could have been in place again when the match came out, in 1999, but today it feels just as part of an eclectic RPG series that deserves to be preserved.
When I revised Final Fantasy VIII as part of my Final Fantasy retrospective – as I swear, will be back before the world comes to an end – I found that it actually was quite nice and that the story keeps up quite well. Let's ask Squall what he thinks of this weird snub. Squall, what do you think?