Monday, March 25, 2013

The Final Fantasy X HD remaster is coming along nicely

Outside of creating quality RPGs that define a generation of gamers, Square Enix can always be counted on to port and resell these RPGs on another platform as they chase down more of their fanbase's disposable income.

This sort of thing happens all the time (most notably with Final Fantasy IV), but last year Square Enix caught its fans' collective attention when it announced an HD remake of the venerable Final Fantasy X for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.

Barely a decade old, graphics of FFX still hold up quite well to today's standards and its story is considered by many fans to be the end of Final Fantasy's golden age.  In fact, the only real problem facing FFX is that it had the unfortunate luck to be released for the PS2 and now requires an entirely separate gaming system (or a lot of money/ingenuity) if a PS3 gamer wanted to dip their toe back in some modern nostalgia.

To help fans of Tidus and Yuna fall deeper down the rabbit hole of this nostalgia, Square Enix also announced that the PlayStation 3 version of the FFX remaster will come bundled with its controversial sequel FFX-2.  This sweetens the deal significantly unless you're planning to play these games on your Vita - in which case you must purchase the two HD remakes separately.

Still not convinced this is something you should be excited about?  Check out the screenshots (available here, here, here, and here), or crank the trailer below up to 1080 and prepare to be sucked in.

Despite not having a firm release date past "sometime this year", pre-orders for Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster are already open on for the all-too-tempting price of $39.99.