Yesterday, Nintendo and Square Enix delighted Final Fantasy fans by announcing a whole bunch of new Switch ports. There’s Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 9, Final Fantasy 10/10-2, Final Fantasy 11, and even the adorable pocket edition of Final Fantasy 15. But where’s Final Fantasy 8?
It isn’t clear why the adventures of Squall and Rinoa haven’t made the cut, but for some reason, Square Enix has left FF8 out of all its recent re-releases, which are now coming to both Switch and Xbox One.
On PS4, you can buy ports of the PlayStation versions of Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 9, as well as HD remakes of 10 and 12, but you can’t get 8. Similarly, both FF7 and FF9 are out for smartphones, but there’s no FF8 in sight.
FF8 is available on PS3 and PSP, and you can snag the old PC version on Steam, but as Square ports its games to new platforms, Final Fantasy 8 has been ignored. It isn’t clear why.
This doesn’t really make sense. (I asked Square why it’s skipping FF8, but haven’t heard back yet.) It isn’t as though Final Fantasy 8 is some reviled piece of history that the company should pretend never happened, like Final Fantasy 4: The After Years.
The pivot to realism and hard sci-fi might have been off-putting back when the game came out in 1999, but today it just feels like part of an eclectic RPG series that deserves to be preserved.
When I revisited Final Fantasy 8 as part of my Final Fantasy retrospective — which, I swear, will be back before the world comes to an end — I found that it was actually quite enjoyable, and that the story holds up pretty well. Let’s ask Squall what he thinks of this weird snub. Squall, what do you think?