Final Fantasy X and X-2 are in the process of getting the HD treatment, so Square Enix has been talking about the upcoming title to anyone within shouting distance. Speaking with RPGSite, game director Yoshinori Kitase stated that the future of further Final Fantasy HD remakes depends heavily on how well-received the upcoming titles are.
Speaking about X and X-2 HD, Kitase says that, “if they do well, I think this will pave the way for more of the previous games to remade in an HD sort of quality.” When pressed further about which previous FF game he’d like to polish up with a remastering, he responded saying, “I mean, if we HAD to single out one of the vast number of Final Fantasy titles which we could make in HD, it would have to be Final Fantasy XII,” before admitting that, “I was not involved in the project, though, so we can’t really comment on that.”
“What I can say though is that I hope the remastering of X and X-2 will trigger similar projects for more of the past games.”
On one hand, what Kitase says is very true. The HD remasters of Final Fantasy X/X-2 will assuredly be used as a benchmark to gauge interest in the HD remake market for the series. However, bear in mind this is also a clever tactic by Square Enix to make fans of other entries in the FF library who’ve been patiently waiting for their favorite game to get the remake treatment to run out and buy up a couple copies of X/X-2 HD in hopes their game is next on the list. Be wary, oh ever-vigilant Final Fantasy VII hopefuls; and know that you should only buy X and X-2 because you genuinely want to play them, and not on the veiled promise of a corporation to fulfill your wishes.
That being said, both titles are looking pretty solid, and given that a new side quest was recently unearthed in Final Fantasy IX, and the possibility that “The Last Mission” may be making it into Western versions of the X-2 remake, completionists like myself already have reason enough to venture back into the thick of it.
Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster don’t yet have release dates, but will be making their way onto both the PS3 as a single SKU and sold individually for the PS Vita when they do eventually arrive.
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