Square Enix will launch the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster this July 2021 on Steam, iOS, and Android – this new release date estimate was shared in an official staff discussion video on YouTube that was unlisted at first but is now private (Thanks, Game’s Talk).
FF Pixel Remaster will contain all numbered Final Fantasy games from 1 to 6. The compilation was first announced at E3 2021 during Square Enix’ showcase. The same showcase which also announced Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin, and which mainly focused on Marvel stuff, clearly showing the company misunderstood its fans’ expectations.
Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster release date narrowed
The July 2021 release date is shown at the end of a discussion video featuring several key developers of the Final Fantasy series at Square Soft. The video was temporarily unlisted, which is how I managed to watch it, but it’s now private until its official reveal.
Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster video discussion with Yoshinori Kitase, Nobuo Uematsu, Hironobu Sakaguchi
The video is 30 minutes long, with the first part focusing on Yoshinori Kitase and Hironobu Sakaguchi (via a live call from Hawaii) sharing various memories on each game, including Kazuko Shibuya’s pixel art. In the second part of the video, they’re joined by Nobuo Uematsu for a chat on Final Fantasy music.
The discussion also featured Chiaki Matsuzawa and Kenichi Maeyamada as the MCs. Chiaki Matsuzawa pretty much MCs all of Atlus‘ streams, so you should definitely know her if you’re a Persona or SMT fan who follows the games’ Japanese promotion (or read my stream summaries in the past.).
Kenichi Maeyamada, also known as Hyadain, is a composer and one of the biggest FF otaku in Japan, he’s like a walking encyclopedia on the series. You’ve definitely heard his Rockman or Final Fantasy remixes in the past, like Golbez Shitennou Toujou. He also works on anime, and was the composer of the opening theme of Nichijou in 2011. Lastly, he was also part of the huge Final Fantasy fan poll organized by NHK.
Personally speaking, I’m quite excited for Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster. But I’m not gonna surprise anyone by saying I’m disappointed it’s not releasing on Nintendo Switch. We’ve only got a very short trailer, so it’s hard to see how the new pixel art compares to the old ones, but I’m either way just happy there’s a new easy way to play FF 1 through 6 on mobile. I just hope the compilation won’t be too pricey. You can tell me your thoughts on the compilation via Twitter @A_iyane07.
Square Enix is also working on Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 and Final Fantasy 16.
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