At PAX East in March, I asked Square Enix PR Manager, Liz Stewart, if there were any plans for Square Enix to follow the trend of HD re-releases being brought to current generation consoles, her answer actually kind of caught me off guard. Rather than a “no comment” or “I cannot confirm or deny any plans for that,” Stewart said, “Wow, that’s an interesting idea, but we haven’t heard [anything about] that yet.”
Now, however, it seems that news has come about regarding at least one previous Final Fantasy title, my personal favorite, Final Fantasy X, which will be coming to both the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita. While fans have certainly clamored for a re-release of Final Fantasy VII, it’s likely that Final Fantasy X is easier to update for an HD re-release due to the more recent visuals.
Final Fantasy X follows the story of Tidus, a famous athlete who is abducted by a mysterious, city-destroying beast, and taken to a very far away land. Upon arriving, he must start piecing the story together, while working to bring down the massive creature that continues to terrorize Spira.
The game certainly had its flaws, such as some pretty bad voice acting, some pretty dislikable characters, and a very cheesy storyline at times, but the battle system and overall gameplay mechanics are second to none. Even the side game, Blitzball, which breaks the game that made Tidus famous in Spira into a turn-based numbers game, is addicting and time-consuming. The popularity of Final Fantasy X also caused it to be the first game in the series to receive a direct sequel in the oft-shunned Final Fantasy X-2.
I’m personally thrilled to see this game re-released onto modern day consoles, as I’ve actually bought the Playstation 2 three different times just to play Final Fantasy X. The updated visuals will be refreshing, but really, playing this game today on the PS2, the game still doesn’t look that bad, even though it was initially released in Japan ten years ago. As of now, there is no release date, but it’s definitely sounding like a 2012 release.