Final Fantasy IX Unlikely To Receive HD Remastered Edition
Final Fantasy IX
(Last Updated On: March 12, 2017)

In an interview with Gamespot, Final Fantasy XII director Takashi Katano talked about the upcoming release of the Zodiac Age remastered edition of the PS2 JRPG for the PS4, due out this July. In the interview they also discuss the possibility of other Final Fantasy titles being remastered from before the PS2 era.

According to Katano-san, he believes it’s unlikely that PSX-era games will get the remaster treatment, due to the amount of work involved and the fact that the assets carrying over into the new generation of hardware with higher resolutions wouldn’t really work out so great. Katano states…

“ The PlayStation 2 would probably be the only hardware that we could really remaster from. Anything before that probably wouldn’t be a remaster anymore, but a remix because of all the polygon models and sprites, like Final Fantasy VII. That’s probably why they’re doing a remake, instead of like a remaster.”

So this will likely be the last remastered Final Fantasy game for a while given that everything else beyond Final Fantasy XII has been made for the PS3 and beyond. Of course, you can likely expect a remastered version of Final Fantasy XIII at some point, but not the games made before the PS2 era… unless, of course, the games are being remade.

Remakes are a bit different insofar that it’s completely redoing the game from the ground up with all new assets and gameplay designed for a newer generation of gamer.

Final Fnatasy XII: The Zodiac Age producer Hiroaki Kato quipped that he would love to see the older Final Fantasy games from way back in the Gameboy age remade for newer systems, but also concedes that it would likely be a difficult task, saying…

“I’d love to see a remaster of Final Fantasy I and all the numbered titles, but that would be difficult to do.”

At the moment, Tetsuya Nomura and the rest of the team are still hard at work on completely remaking Final Fantasy VII. This means that it’s unlikely that we’ll see anything for Final Fantasy IX anytime soon.

The game was the last Final Fantasy title on the PSX system before Final Fantasy X was made for the PS2. The latter title has already been re-released as a remaster along with Final Fantasy X-2. A lot of people actually really enjoyed Final Fantasy IX because they say it felt as if it were a 3D throwback to all the games made before Final Fantasy VII.

At the moment, you can get your hands on Final Fantasy IX as a ported version from the PSX for mobile devices and on Steam for PC. However, it’s not an HD remaster, so and the age certainly shows.

(Main image courtesy of Ichi San)


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  • Ziko Xman

    did you know that final fantasy ix It’s the highest rated FF game ever

  • carlos garcia

    I want to see Final Fantasy 8 on the PlayStation 4 that game is great i like it.

  • Alistair

    FF 9 had a great soundtrack also tons of great CG.

    I think it laziness tbh, they made 7 and number 8 is on PC.

    • FFIX is also on PC but it’s just like the basic PSX ports from FFVII and FVIII on PC. They’re talking about proper HD remaster… like Halo: Master Chief Collection. According to Square, though, they would simply have to remake the entire game instead of doing a proper HD remaster.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Are we talking about remake like what FF7 is getting or an HD upgrade of the original version? Didn’t 9 get an HD upgrade on PC?

    Also if remake, why the fuck not? FF9 is a fucking masterpiece.

    • FFIX on PC wasn’t much of an HD upgrade, just let you run the game in higher resolutions and some of the models were updated. They also used the HD CG sequences. All the backgrounds were still from the old PSX, and a lot of the textures were also from the PSX.

      • Fear Me I Am Free

        Ah

        • Disqusted

          …I’ll buy it at a high price.

      • Disqusted

        That already sounds pretty decent. Surprised they updated the models, even. There are a bunch of PC ports that are just a straight port, or worse.

  • MusouTensei

    He does know that FFVII has a remaster on PS4? Works well enough, sure it’s not a beauty, having HD character models on SD(?) pre-rendered backrounds looks a bit meh but it has some nice features I’d like to see in FF9 as well.

    • I think they mean a true remaster, with HD models, backgrounds and cinematics. Sure you can run games like FFVII or FFIX at 4K on PC but they’re still just the old PSX ports.

  • Robert Lott

    The main reason FF9 can’t be remade HD was made clear in the recent “HD” steam release of the game. It’s really obvious they lost/deleted the original assets which if you look online are incredibly detailed paintings which would easily move to 1080p. So, they’d unfortunately have to fully redo all the paintings and recommission the original artists more than likely.

  • Max Power

    Too bad, I mean a Remake of FF9 is what people have in mind.

  • Gozu Tennoh

    Always resented 9 as it broke the chain of greatness that was 7 and 8.

    Baffles me as to why anyone still brings it up.

    • Lord Vector

      Funny, my favorite FF titles were 6 and 9 while I thought 7 was ok and down right hated 8.

      • Max Power

        Funny indeed, I thought FF7 was ok too.

      • RichardGristle

        Yeah, 7 is mediocre, probably the most overrated game of all time. 8 was just bad.

        9 and 10 really brought the series back to greatness.

      • Loved FFVI… still my favorite to this day.

        • Disqusted

          Of the few I played, FF6 is my favorite. I sorta get the impression that 4 is popular in Japan? Not sure.

          Feels like Dragon Quest is more popular than Final Fantasy in Japan. Dragon Quest is still kinda relatively unknown/unpopular in the West, right?

    • Aion Arkhe

      Because 9 has a plot that honestly outweighs 7 and 8 by far. On the surface it might seem silly and cartoony but by the end of the game it runs quite deep.

      I like the characters of 7 more, 8 was ok overall, but the plot of 9 and its execution is just beautifully done. If you played it all the way through and still didn’t like it, fair play but most people who knock 9 never made it beyond the surface. I know, because I was one of them until I finally gave it a chance about a year ago. I missed out.

      • Fear Me I Am Free

        I think one reason some were turned off was that there were fans that only had played 7 and 8 and since 9 went back to more of the traditional fantasy setting of the earlier games, people didn’t understand it.

      • LurkerJK

        9 has a goddamn awful intro, slow, generic vistas, generic characters, generic music, you are asked to give a damn about characters that get 2 minutes of screen time, its takes a long time to get going, it did not help the game at all

        Most ppl ive heard shitting over 9 did not last more than an hour or two

        7 has a much better intro, a striking visual right at the start, a heart pumping tune and you are not asked to care, just to learn things on the go, the initial scene is so well put together that for the remake they just had to do the same thing and it looked 10 times more interesting than 15

      • Disqusted

        The start is pretty important. Sounds like they dropped the ball there. Most people aren’t going to play the later good parts of a game if the start is really crappy.

        • Aion Arkhe

          Oh I agree, that’s why I didn’t bother playing it until way later on. But those who made it through were definitely rewarded with an amazing story. It wasn’t like XIII scale where you had to play for days before the game opened up (with which I personally couldn’t be bothered, I digested that game in “movie” format on YouTube), but sure they could have made the intro a little more epic. It’s a shame because the game gets interesting as soon as you get out of the Evil Forest which is maybe 2 hours from starting a new game.

          Regardless, the question was why people held the game in high regard and that’s why.

          • Disqusted

            Yep, thanks. It just boggles me why people keep making the start of their games awful enough to drive people away.

    • Fear Me I Am Free

      Are you kidding? 9 is one of the best.

    • Disqusted

      Was 7 your first Final Fantasy?

      • Gozu Tennoh

        It was indeed sir

        • Disqusted

          Okies~. Kinda interesting. FF9 does look totally out of place amongst the newer FFs.

    • ldksparda

      Sound like someone that likes flashy characters and stories that are easy to follow but with little substance. If thats the case then yes, FF9 is not and will never be a game for you.

      • Gozu Tennoh

        You just admitted the characters in 9 were shit haha!

        • Heen Tien

          I think Gozu Tennoh is just a spoiled kid who can’t stand adverse opinions… We got that you don’t like the game, you don’t need to turn on the repeat mode… you wanna hear that the game is crap? Ok, the game is crap! Now let people who actually enjoyed it talk!

          • Gozu Tennoh

            I havent thrown shade at anyone though………………

            Maybe you should get some cream for that butthurt.

          • Heen Tien

            “mimimi mimimi mimimi, I like to give canned reply to random people over the internet”

          • Gozu Tennoh

            If the shoe fits……………

          • Heen Tien

            Just mocking with you! Give it a try man, it’s a good game!

          • Gozu Tennoh

            I havent thrown shade at anyone though………………

            Maybe you should get some cream for that butthurt.

  • Disqusted

    That’s a shame. Haven’t played it myself, but I’ve been under the impression that FF9 is the best of the “recent” FFs, from what I’ve heard over the years. Not sure if that was from Japanese friends or not. It’s been a while.

    • Mr.Towel

      FF9 was more of an ode to Final Fantasies from the SNES. FF7 and 8 had acquired a more realistic, darker and mature atmosphere by then, FF9 was the one that went back to colorful palettes, cartoony lines, light themes and overall more joyful presentation of the world. If you like older final fantasies like FF6 and FF4, then FF9 will feel like a nice refreshment.

      • Disqusted

        Yeah, that’s the impression I got. People who were longtime fans of Final Fantasy really loved 9, whereas 7, 8, 10, 12 and 13 were more for the new 3d “realistic” era people.

      • ldksparda

        FF7 and 8 maturity is in the atmosphere as you said, but the story in general feels too teen and edgy once you start to really grow up (mentally speaking). FF9 by contrast doesn’t feels like this because is a dark and mature story under a colorful and cartoony atmosphere, is like seeing Toy Story 3 where the story is really meaningful for adults even when is about toys that talk! At least it happened to me: during my teen and yound adult years FF7 was the pinnacle of FF but after playing 7,8 and 9 during my early 30s, FF9 became the better game for me. This is not to demerit FF7 or 8 by any means, but it just makes more sense why they remain popular with this segment of gamers that are by the way the biggest market share of this industry. Still can’t wait for the FF7 Remake 😛

        • Mr.Towel

          FF7 and 8 definitely do have more of a teenage appeal. I would say that comes from a very anime-style influence on the overall design. FFX and XII were anime culture all over the place, that’s why its hated by so many, it’s so cringe, most people that don’t understand anime hate these titles.

          FF9 do have dark themes, most fables have,it just the presentation that it’s more cartoony and joyful. I can understand why many would prefer this way. Personally, I think FF6 is still the best, but FF8 is my favorite purely by nostalgia. I can understand why people like both kind of presentations.

        • Disqusted

          What I really don’t like about 7 and 8 is that they start with an interesting premise that quickly turns into a bizarre, random acid trip. I got the feeling that where you end up at the end of the game feels far detached from the beginning. Probably didn’t help that I initially beat 7 and 8 in Japanese back when I couldn’t understand much.

          I feel like 6 was a lot more grounded and consistent in direction, ie. you could feel the build-up throughout the story and see where things were going, know where you were heading. Whereas, 7 and 8 sorta betray initial expectations pretty close to the start, and then you wonder “where is this going??” for most of the game.

          I played the English version of 10, hated the dub, died in the first battle because I didn’t think I’d have to use potions to outheal damage in the very first fight, and it made me rewatch the entire unskippable intro again.

          Then it went into a crazy acid trip where I recall the enemies were just fish, and it made me travel from point A to B just to suddenly interrupt with a cutscene that cut to my destination. Why not just cut to the destination to begin with, and save me the trouble? That’s where I quit.

    • Gozu Tennoh

      Give it a play and you’ll quickly realize its pretty crap. The characters in particular.

      • Disqusted

        That Vivi? character seems to show up a lot around the internet, but I don’t recall ever seeing anyone else from 9.

        • Gozu Tennoh

          All of them really but especially vivi and the one in knight armour.

          I remember the hype I felt when I saw FINAL FANTASY IX on the latest issue of the official playstation magazine that came with the demo disc back in the day. The second I saw the preview page I knew it had all gone wrong and the aforementioned hype just drained out of me.

    • Robert Lott

      It definitely is, though you’ll find a lot of people are polarized over it though I’ve found anyone who has played the earlier games where storytelling took a greater priority found FF9 to be amazing whereas those who only have played the 3D FF games hated it. I think that’s because it looks like a fantasy world as opposed to “realistic” and they put more importance in a realistic look than a quality setting that fits a quality story.

      • Disqusted

        Yeah, that’s the impression I got. The first one I played was FF6, so I can understand that. I sorta sorta liked 7, but I didn’t like 8 much, and I hated 10 so much that I never got past the start.