Earlier today, Square Enix announced the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series, pixel art remakes/remasters for Final Fantasy I through VI. We didn’t manage to get too much of a look, but 5~6 seconds of montage footage from the reveal trailer was enough to give us a (small) idea for what we might be in for:
Starting at 16 seconds in, we get our (very) short glimpse at footage, showcasing Final Fantasy I through V, and no discernable footage of VI. We did, however, get a glimpse at the new Final Fantasy VI sprites for Terra and Locke. These sprites are all new, alongside every sprite showcased in the trailer. As far as we can tell, the base for these new sprites stems from the Final Fantasy DOT artbook, which released a few years ago and features ‘2018 versions’ of classic FF sprites.
They aren’t always perfect matches, but Cecil’s Dark Knight sprite appears to fit the bill with only very minor alterations, and Rosa’s is a very near match, with the primary difference being her clothes having had a color adjustment – green, instead of the pink found within the artbook.
The backgrounds for fights, as well as the assets for each game’s world maps, also appear to be entirely new. In fact, the only concrete example of an entirely reused (or seemingly reused) sprite that we could find, was a short shot of Boko from Final Fantasy V from the very end of the montage. That, too, could have seen some edits – it’s just such a short moment in the trailer, it’s hard to tell – especially with YouTube compression getting in the way of things.
Nevertheless, it certainly appears that all of these remasters are new, from the ground up – not based off of the PSP, GBA, or original mobile releases for any of the titles in question, but instead presenting mostly new pixel art that takes cues from previous versions.
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Hopefully soon, Square Enix will release more information and proper screenshots so we can get a better idea of the visual changes – but for now, this is our read based on the first trailer’s brief glimpse of gameplay.