Rumor: Final Fantasy VIII Remastered gets voice acting & physical release

New potential information about Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is cropping up from different places. We recently learned some details of the game’s development and how it is coming from Square Enix and Dotemu. Now, credible rumors are swirling that the game will receive both voice acting and a physical release.

Firstly, a NeoGaf user has pointed out that source code in the official Final Fantasy VIII Remastered website claims there will be English and Japanese voice acting:

Widely beloved, FINAL FANTASY VIII casts unlikely heroes into a war to save the world. The military nation of Galbadia has declared war on the Dukedom of Dollet, who are left with no choice but to hire a mercenary force for their defense. Enter SeeD and its newest member: Squall Leonhart. Together with his friends, Squall joins Rinoa Heartilly, a member of a resistance group, on an adventure that holds the fate of their world in its balance. FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered marks the 20th Anniversary of its original release with a complete visual refresh and brings the game’s classic story to modern platforms: Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. With fully overhauled visuals, see your favorite characters come to life like never before! FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered is an RPG, available in English and Japanese voiceover, and is also text localized into French, Italian, German and Spanish.

Secondly, a ResetEra user has noticed that Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is available for physical release preorder at UK retailer Base, though it’s not exactly budget-priced.

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered voice acting & physical release

Voice acting, in addition to perhaps some other unannounced bells and whistles, could credibly push the price of this remaster up to $39.99 USD. But in any case, none of this is confirmed yet. Let’s proceed with optimistic caution.

What do you think about these developments? Sound off below! The game is scheduled to release sometime this year.


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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!