By: Fidan Mustafayeva
Square Enix has officially announced that they will be releasing a remake of Final Fantasy X/X-2 for the PlayStation 3 and the Vita. This title is set to be released in America sometime soon. This remake will be remastered in full HD and by the looks of the latest screenshots, it looks absolutely beautiful.
Everything has been completely re-textured and retouched, including both the characters and the vast world of Spira, but is this remake really a good move for Square?
Final Fantasy X was released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2 and was the first Final Fantasy to feature voice acting and a turn based battle system. It is also the first title to obtain a direct sequel in Final Fantasy X-2 (released in 2003).The original game and its equally successful sequel have sold over 6.6 million copies and 4 million copies respectively worldwide, since their initial release. So it is safe to say that this Final Fantasy is one that many gamers hold close to their hearts.
Square’s decision to create a remake is great decision financially because of the game’s popularity and fan-base. As many fans will support this title because they simply love the game and would like to play it again–the HD is a nice bonus as well. However, this seems to be a growing trend in Square Enix, especially after the release of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMix and promise of a 2.5 HD ReMix.
Remaking old games with the HD feature is a smart way to make fans buy the same games over and over again without much work on Square’s part. If Square truly wanted to remake a game that required substantial effort and that was worth something, they would remake Final Fantasy VII.
Regardless, this is a great business decision for Square but I still somehow end up feeling kind of cheated. While I’m very excited for this remake because I want to play FFX in HD, I can see that Square is clearly enacting a marketing ploy and trying to make some money with the least amount of effort.
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