Square Enix doesn't seem to be doing well reissues of his old Final Fantasy role-playing games. For years, gamers have been annoyed that PC versions were poor-quality mobile ports that replaced the original pixel art with cheap-looking plastic sprites that stole the first games from their original aesthetic ( in addition to being extremely ugly). It was a cardinal sin.
If you wanted to play Final Fantasy 6 in its original form, the best option was to emulate the original versions of SNES or Game Boy Advance instead of playing the ugly mobile ports. And while the bitterness has softened over the years, these crazy remakes have always seemed a bit of a stain on Final Fantasy's reputation.
That's why it was such a pleasant surprise when, during the press conference at 203 Square Enix, it was announced that the first six Final Fantasy games were being remastered. Again. This time, the "Pixel Remaster", which implied that Square Enix had finally heard complaints about ugly art and was restoring the original pixel art (or improving it in some way).
Today we saw the new style of art, it is much improved and it looks properly pixelated. But, my God, all you have to do is look at the horrible source!
Aside from the fact that it completely clashes with the new look of pixel art, it is also ugly and does nothing to evoke the high fantasy drama for which this series is loved. It sounds especially scary in dialogs, where the words are puzzling, leaving huge chunks of empty space.
Naturally, the players were quick to point this out on Twitter, where people started making jokes and expressing their confusion about the choice.
I see a lot of people complaining about Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster fonts that they don’t understand the reality of game development. It is actually very difficult to change the default font in RPG Maker. pic.twitter.com/Z9Rs5AWm5cJune 30, 2021
srsly guys, I have dot typography as open in a tab literally right now. they have a lot of good ones, guys https://t.co/DYiW8nHRkBJune 30, 2021
There are five different graphics, all with an inconsistent pixel size / scale just at this corner. Can a designer get a chat show? pic.twitter.com/kZvheoW0XhJune 30, 2021
It’s a tiny detail, but it honestly has dried up my enthusiasm for these remasters. After all, this is RPG with a lot and despite being decades old, Square Enix charges $ 12 to $ 18 each ($ 80 for the entire package). That’s a lot of money to spend on ugly sources. It’s also frustrating that Square Enix seems to be destroying the modernization of these games by screwing the style in some way.
The first three Final Fantasy games of the Pixel Remaster will be released on July 28th. Hopefully Square Enix decides to change the font before (or some divine modifiers intervene shortly after release).