Square Enix have announced an initial release date for the upcoming Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Collection. Revealed at the Japanese publisher’s E3 showcase last month, the first three games in the remastered series will drop at the end of the month, on July 28th. They will come to PC first via Steam before making the leap to iOS and Android mobile devices. There’s still no word on whether Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster will appear on PS5, Xbox Series, or Nintendo Switch.
Meanwhile, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy V, and Fantasy VI will launch at a later date. How much can you expect to pay for games in the new Pixel Master Collection? I and II are priced at £8.99 with the rest priced at £12.99 per game. You can shop the entire Final Fantasy bundle for £54.54 with a 22% pre-order discount. As a point of comparison, the recent 3D remasters of VII, VIII, and IX cost between £15 and £20 at launch.
Square Enix have positioned the Pixel Remaster Collection as a convenient way of accessing these legacy titles. Not only will it save you buying them across old hardware and devices, each one has also been spruced up for 2021 with some quality of life features throw in.
Pixel designs have been reworked to add detail to environments and character models. Soundtracks have been rearranged too, all under the guidance of long-time Final Fantasy contributors.
The remastered games also have a better UI and controls with expanded battle options (such as an auto combat button).
Here’s a synopsis of those first three Final Fantasy games:
Earth, fire, water, wind… The light that once shone within the four Crystals was lost. Darkness covered the land, until the only hope for humanity rested in legends past. Become the Warriors of Light and embark on your own journey to restore power to the Crystals and save the world.
Switch between classes to improve your characters. Traverse the wide world with your airship and other vessels. Return to the game that started it all.
FINAL FANTASY II
Our epic tale begins with four young souls orphaned during the struggle between the Palamecian Empire and the rebel army. On their journey, the youths join forces with the white wizard Minwu, Prince Gordon of Kashuan, Leila the pirate, and many others. Behold the beautiful and sometimes tragic twists of fate that await you on your adventure.
FFII introduced a unique skill level system that strengthens different attributes of the characters depending on their fighting style instead of leveling up. Use the key terms you learn in conversation to unlock new information and progress in the story.
This innovative game series takes an ambitious turn in this second installment in the FINAL FANTASY series!
FINAL FANTASY III
With the power of light nearly eclipsed by the power of darkness, only the crystals’ four chosen adventurers can save the world.
Experience the iconic job changing system first introduced in FFIII – switch jobs at will and use various abilities as you progress in the game. Change into a variety of classes like Warrior, Monk, White Mage, Black Mage, Dragoon, Evoker, or even call monsters to do your bidding with as a Summoner.
Source: Press Release