Square Enix is no stranger to confusing and thoughtless remakes of classics, and it starts to look like the “remastered pixels” of Final Fantasy I-VI could suffer the same fate. In short: wholesale price, lowercase text.
Today, Square Enix is preparing the Steam page for the new remasters of Final fantasy I-VI live, giving players an idea of what to expect from what was previously a curiosity announced at E3. Some new features, such as the rearranged soundtracks “supervised” by original composer Nobuo Uematsu, sound interesting and the graphics are nowhere near as horrific as the mobile / PC versions of. Final fantasy v and VI. However, two things stand out: the price and the absolutely awful font choice.
Purchased individually, the games are priced at $ 95.94. Thankfully, Steam has a bundle option, but that only brings them down to $ 74.82, which seems a bit steep for a collection of games that are decades old. It doesn’t help that Square Enix installed all the games with a text font it’s both too clean and claustrophobically compact, making it impossible to look away due to the feeling of displacement. Many, many people have noticed on the tiny, tiny font.
“My god, this font is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen in a video game,” writer and podcaster Heather Anne Campbell said on twitter. “It’s the worst ever.”
“[Seriously] guys i have the dot com typography open in a tab literally right now, ” wrote current and former youtube guy Kotaku the guy from the video Tim Rogers. “They have a lot of good ones over there, guys.”
Nonetheless, it looks like what Square Enix offers. If nothing else, PC gamers will likely be able to tweak something that hurts their eyes less, as they did with the soon replaced PC versions of Final Fantasy V and VI. As for when all of this will happen, the pixel remasters of Final Fantasy I, II, and III will be released on July 28. The remaining games, on the other hand, do not have specific dates beyond “2021”.