Rumours and reports surrounding a potential remake of Final Fantasy 9 have been floating around the internet for years now, possibly since it was listed on the notorious and reliable GeForce leak. Square Enix hasn’t done much to tease any sort of remake actually being in development beyond some console ports but we may finally have a good lead now. According to insider Jeff Grubb, the Final Fantasy 9 remake is “real and happening”.
Speaking on his recent Game Mess Mornings podcast, Grubb talked a bit about the remake of Final Fantasy 9. The insider claims that he heard news very recently that the remake was actually in development, though didn’t state or speculate when it could be officially announced. With the sleuth of gaming events taking place over the course of this month, it’s possible that the remake could be unveiled at any one of the big upcoming shows including Summer Game Fest. On the other hand, we may have to wait a while longer for an announcement.
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Final Fantasy 9 initially released in 2000 for the original PlayStation. It received critical acclaim at launch and is widely regarded today as one of the best games in the franchise. A console port is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch (as well as PC) that slightly remasters the game for newer hardware. However, a full-blown remake has yet to see the light of day and if these reports are true, then we might finally get one in the near future.
In other Final Fantasy news, Square Enix has confirmed that you won’t need to play Final Fantasy VII Remake in order to enjoy its follow-up, Rebirth, as it could contain an in-game recap to catch players up on the events so far. A demo for Final Fantasy XVI was also recently listed on the PlayStation Store, meaning PS5 players will be able to try the anticipated new game out before launch later this month.
Source: Jeff Grubb