On February 11, 1999, Final Fantasy VIII made its debut in Japan for the original PlayStation, marking 25 years since its release.
Final Fantasy VIII is celebrating its original release’s 25th anniversary on PlayStation. Although Squaresoft’s creation can now be played on PC, Steam Deck, PS4, PS5, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, the retro feel is always present.
Following Final Fantasy VII, the eighth installment of the Square Enix RPG series had a tough act to follow. The seventh installment is remembered by many for its full 3D release on disc.
Thanks to the release of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, fans were able to experience what we call “an essential classic” and a highly anticipated modernization.
“We said in the review that ‘Final Fantasy VIII is one of the best J-RPGs created by Square Enix, whether modern or classic. Its courage to do different things, its visual style, the soundtrack… There are many things that make it great and are still present, although this remaster could have done more, for example, with more careful backgrounds,”.
This 25th anniversary of the adventure starring Squall, Rinoa, Selphie, Zell, and more has also been celebrated by the official Final Fantasy Twitter account in Japanese.
“Final Fantasy VIII ✨🎊25th anniversary of its release 🎊✨. 25 years ago today, Squall and his friends’ story began. “I want everyone’s memories to be on this wall… but I also want you to talk to Mog!” can be read in the tweet thanks to its automatic translation.
As you can see, they have created a special hashtag titled #FFVIII25th to gather memories, special moments from the game, and anything else we can think of.
25 years of Final Fantasy VIII on PlayStation
Far from being forgotten over time, Final Fantasy VIII is still remembered as one of the best installments of the Final Fantasy series and one of the most iconic games in Sony’s first console catalog.
Today, Square Enix continues its Final Fantasy VII Remake trilogy and is about to release Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Will they dare to remake Final Fantasy VIII in the future? You would have to ask Artemis (Ultimecia in American territory).
At any rate, in 2023, we had a new installment of the franchise with Final Fantasy XVI, and we must also celebrate the popularity of Final Fantasy XIV.
In our territory, Squall and Rinoa’s game did not arrive until October 27, 1999, many months after its official release in Japan.
Right now, the director of Final Fantasy VIII is clear about what he would change in a hypothetical remake, although it will still be many years before we see something like that.
Final Fantasy VIII celebrates today, February 11, 2024, 25 years since its release in Japan for PlayStation. Who is going to celebrate it with a few games?