Nearly 12 years ago, Square Enix released Final Fantasy X for Playstation 2. This game, in my opinion, was one of the best Final Fantasy games yet and was the definition of RPG innovation at the time. Features, such as a full voice acting cast, set this apart from its predecessors and are the reason that lead to its sequel in 2003. Now, I’ll admit that I’m a huge FFX fanboy but I’ll try to stay neutral for the sake of this article.
A few years back in 2011, Square Enix announced at Tokyo Game Show that they would be remastering in HD. Shinji Hashimoto, a game producer at Square Enix, confirmed that the game was to stay completely unchanged from the original with, of course, the addition of graphical improvements. Since then, the project has only been briefly mentioned and rarely talked about. On March 25th 2013, this all changed. Square Enix had finally made an official announcement regarding the remastered game. Square Enix also announced that not only will they remaster Final Fantasy X, but also Final Fantasy X-2. (see announcement video below)
The announcement itself doesn’t give away much detail, or even a release date, but we can expect a release on the Playstation 3 and PS Vita before the end of the year. Playstation 3 owners can grab themselves a copy of both games on one disk, however the PS Vita will have both titles sold individually.
Personally, I cannot wait for this remaster. Some may call it a cheap money-grab but, you know what? I don’t care. I will gladly pay for this game again in the hopes of re-living some of my favorite childhood moments. On the flip side, the game isn’t old enough to be unplayable in it’s current state and I know, from personal experience, that it’s still more than extremely enjoyable.
Final Fantasy X has been categorized as a classic RPG favorite by me and many other gamers since its release in 2001. Square Enix hopes that newcomers and longtime fans will enjoy the game remastered in HD.