Classic Square Enix JRPGs Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI will be removed from Steam to make way for the new Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series of the first six Final Fantasy games.
The Pixel Remaster series was announced to be arriving in July in a short trailer that Square Enix uploaded to YouTube and then quickly pulled. Eagle eyed fans quickly then noticed that two games in the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI, had had their Steam pages updated to state that the games would be removed and “no longer available for purchase after July 27, 2021”.
Whilst it’s obviously unfortunate that the games will be removed from digital storefronts to make way for the Pixel Remaster versions, the Steam versions of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI were not held in particularly high regard by fans of the franchise. Both games came to PC in 2015, and whilst it was great to have them in a more accessible format, the games were immediately criticised for reducing the quality of the original art, creating a washed-out effect that diminished the overall style of the graphics, and for being very basic ports of the mobile releases. Generally, they don’t hold a candle to the classic pixel art of the originals.
Square Enix’s new Pixel Remaster series of the first six Final Fantasy games were first announced at its E3 Square Enix Presents show, and was not well-received by fans either. The main focus of the backlash stemmed from the fact that the games are heading exclusively to mobile devices and PC, and will not be available on consoles. Fans have been crying out for console versions of the classic Final Fantasy titles for years now, as they have been locked to mobile and PC for years now. Whilst Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX, X, and XII are all available to purchase on the latest systems of consoles, the original Final Fantasy titles are still nowhere to be seen.
Interestingly, Final Fantasy games that have received updated versions, such as the 3D remakes of Final Fantasy III and IV (that first released on DS, then later PSP and PC), will be left untouched on Steam and will continue to be available to purchase. However, III and IV will also be receiving the Pixel Remaster treatment, so it seems like customers will have the choice to decide which versions of the games they want to play.
Whilst we don’t yet have a confirmed release date for the Pixel Remaster series, it’s likely we’ll see them arrive on July 27, when the Steam versions of Final Fantasy V and VI are delisted. Personally, I just want to see the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy come to PS5. Where’s that, Square Enix?
Liam Wiseman is a Freelance News Writer for IGN, and likes Final Fantasy XIII more than he probably should. You can follow him on Twitter @liamthewiseman
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