In what is easily the surprise announcement of this year’s Tokyo Game Show so far, Square-Enix has shocked fans by announcing a HD version of popular PS2 game, Final Fantasy X for not only the PlayStation 3, but for the upcoming PlayStation Vita as well.
The release will be in colloraboration with the ten year anniversary of the original title released back in 2001, and was announced by Square-Enix exec Shinji Hashimoto during Sony’s press conference at TGS.
Specific details on how the HD version will be made, i.e if it will be a complete remake from the ground up, or just upscaled to a higher resolution for the PS3 and Vita remain to be seen though. Also unknown in true Square-Enix fashion, is when the game will be available as Square-Enix opted not to reveal any hints whatsoever on a likely period for release.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any screenshots or a teaser trailer of the game to show you either, which sort of casts a shadow on what otherwise is a pretty exciting reveal. Final Fantasy X is a cult favorite among fans, and the chance to relive the lives of Tidus, Yuna and the monster arena will generally be met with overall praise we feel.
Just to refresh, it was a game which scored 39/40 by Famitsu and 9.5/10 by IGN. It also features some of the most breathtaking Final Fantasy music to date, with ‘To Zanarkand’ a particular favorite with fans. Hopefully this game turns out to be even better in its new form and it would be fantastic if Square-Enix are planning on bringing some new functionality to both the PS3 and Vita as well.
How excited are you about this announcement, do you rate Final Fantasy X highly? Of course, it’s not the Final Fantasy 7 remake that we all crave for, but it’s a fine start by Square-Enix. Time to play blitzball again folks – who remembers that? We’ll update you when we have some release details for you.