Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster is getting that feature fans have been asking for on PlayStation 4 and Switch: pixel fonts.
While Square Enix has been working hard to catch up on rereleasing their classic games on modern consoles recently, the first batch of rereleased games have left a lot to be desired.
Fans have noticed the ‘newer’ versions have new, less intuitive menus, new music, and the most divisive of all, a new font for text that proved very unpopular. It isn’t just that the font isn’t like the pixel fonts that fans had gotten used to in the original 8-bit to 31-bit platforms. The new font is harder to read and just makes the games look worse.
In a blog post on their official site, Square Enix explained that yes, you can choose to pick pixel style fonts for the text. For the hardcore Final Fantasy fans, this one change may be all that’s needed to convince them to get this new package. No word for now if other versions of the games will also get this change.
But there are other additional options on this new console version of the games as well. You can switch from the new orchestral arrangements made for this collection to the original soundtracks, on 8-bit to 32-bit game consoles. Both the new and old soundtracks were composed by Nobuo Uematsu, of course, but this is just another choice that lets you recreate that classic experience.
Two more options aren’t found in the old games, and maybe these are things that the same fans wanted from the original game anyway. You can choose to turn off random encounters in any of these games completely. Now, some of these older Final Fantasy games handle random encounters differently than others, but overall, if this was something that annoyed you as a player then or now, you can just turn it off.
Lastly, there is an option to speed up experience gain, by as much as four times. These classic Final Fantasy games are notorious for making players grind for hours, particularly because at the time, this was the only way to make these games longer.
Some fans stand by that experience, but now you don’t have to play these games that way. If you had experienced playing Guadia Quest in Game Center CX: Arino’s Challenge for the Nintendo DS, this promises to bring that experience to the original Final Fantasy games that Guadia Quest was parodying.
Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster will be releasing for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on April 19, 2023. As was also the case with previous releases, you can buy the games as a bundle or individually as your preference.
You can pre-order the bundle for Nintendo Switch here, while the PlayStation 5 store listing will be made available later. If you buy the games for the Switch before May 25, 2023, you can get two themed wallpapers for each game, adding up to twelve wallpapers if you get them all. PlayStation 5 will have an extra theme and avatar for each game, also if you buy them before May 25, 2023.
You can watch the launch trailer below.