According to a gastronomic maxim, the best (seafood) soups are made in old pots. Anxious to preserve its fun and gastronomic heritage, Square Enix continues to make every effort to promote the first opus of the Final Fantasy saga under the Pixel Remaster banner.
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After inviting the biggest names in the series to come back face-to-face in front of Final Fantasy I VI, the publisher is today publishing a question-and-answer session obviously rich in information and trace elements on its Japanese official website.
As mischievous as a wild chocobo, the development team begins by justifying the choice to release its lifeless versions of yesteryear classics on smartphones and PCs, when everyone was only waiting for a Switch version to pass a t farmer:
The evolution of smartphones is incredible. So above all, we wanted to work on the mobile and Steam versions so that everyone could enjoy it. If demand is there, we’ll do our best to bring Pixel Remaster to more media!
Well, hey. In the same genre, Square Enix “apologizes” for only offering a bundle bringing together the six pages on PC, inviting mobile gamers to “choose the episodes they prefer”.
History of resisting a little more effectively to the passage of time – the first episode will celebrate its 34 years at the end of the year -, everything will be subject to a more modern rebalancing:
We have adjusted the difficulty of games to find a good balance with their scenarios. However, some of the elements added via different ports will not be present.
Among the improvements mentioned, the database of enemies in each game will now offer to display their position on the world map., a handy trick to quickly find the item you were missing to complete this damn quest or safely pass a devious dungeon.
The Return of Kings (and Queens)
Height of happiness, the historical figures of Final Fantasy will have put their hands in the dough, since the new character design is provided by the legendary Kazuko Shibuya, credited on the six episodes concerned.
If the graphic aspect has already spilled some digital ink here and there, Square Enix obviously knows what the treatment of musical themes must show all the attention, which seems to be the case:
The arrangements of the original music are supervised by the original composter Nobuo Uemtasu! He worked with a view to reinterpreting and restoring the originals while taking care not to destroy our memory of them. Even the sound effects are to remain as faithful as possible to the originals.
Finally, the finest aesthetics will be delighted to learn that the sumptuous artworks of Yoshitaka Amano will be presented via an illustration gallery … which however reminds us of the hard reality: the first three episodes of Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster will be available as of July 28, but only on Android, iOS and PC. Square Enix holds out the pole, you grab it.