Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters get a Switch and PS4 release date, and a new ‘pixel-based’ font
The console versions will also let players switch soundtracks and boost experience
Square Enix has announced the release date for the PS4 and Switch versions of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters, as well as a new feature that will address players’ biggest complaint.
The Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Series offers reworked versions of the first six Final Fantasy games, with improved pixel art designed to look better on an HD display.
The series will be released on PS4 and Switch on April 19. Players will be able to buy individual titles, or buy all six games in a Final Fantasy I-VI Bundle.
Notably, Square Enix is also adding new features to the PS4 and Switch versions that will address some of the main issues players raised when the Pixel Remasters were originally released on PC and mobile.
Players will now be able to choose between the standard font and a new “pixel-based” font. The standard font was one of the most heavily-criticised aspects of the Pixel Remasters, because many felt its ‘clean’ characters looked sorely out of place next to the game’s sprite-based graphics. Now players will be able to change it for something that looks more retro-friendly.
The console versions will also add the option to switch between the orchestral soundtracks made for the Pixel Remasters, and the original soundtracks from the 8-bit and 16-bit era.
Players will also be able to turn off random encounters so they can explore without interruption, or turn on the ability to boost experience up to 4x to reduce the need for grinding.
It’s not yet clear if the new font, classic soundtrack and toggles for random encounters and 4x experience are coming to the PC and mobile versions too, or if they’re exclusive to the upcoming Switch and PS4 versions.
A limited physical edition ($75 / £65) is also available via the Square Enix store, alongside a $260 / £245 Collector’s Edition which also includes a two-disc vinyl record set, a specially compiled artbook and eight pixel art character figures in window packaging.