I’m ready to announce Final Fantasy 9 Remake, Square

When I looked at the list of games leaked from Nvidia’s database last year, I felt like I needed a series of progressively larger emojis – or a Vince McMahon meme – to properly convey my reaction. Could they all be real? Based on the number of leaks now validated from the list: Yes. I’m sure almost every item on the list is real – or It was real at some point (likely a few old entries that were scrapped). And over the past few months, I’ve been working myself up to think of one game on the list: Final Fantasy 9 Remake.

This name excites me. It also haunts me. Final Fantasy 9 is my favorite Final Fantasy game and my favorite JRPG. It’s a game made when Squaresoft was at its creative peak in the year 2000. It was the last Final Fantasy game with direct involvement from series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. To me, it’s a game that epitomizes “they don’t make them like they used to,” which is ironic given that it was, at the time, designed to be a throwback to Final Fantasys in the ’90s.

There is no remake that I can imagine would be more risky for me personally.

I don’t know if I think modern Square Enix can do Final Fantasy 9 Remake justice, because much of its ethos is rooted in its “retro” design. I don’t think Final Fantasy 9 is Final Fantasy 9 without turn-based battles, graphic cities, fun scripts, or comically proportioned characters. If Final Fantasy 7 Remake is the template, then the new version will push for more realistic graphics and more action combat. The game will be largely or completely rewritten. This path will lead to Final Fantasy 9 that was 20 years newer, for sure. but better? I very much doubt that.