Square Enix has plans to release a Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 8 Remastered Twin Pack for Nintendo Switch – for Asia, anyway.
The company announced that both games would soon be available on Switch as part of a dual pack that will support both English and Japanese language options. Both games will come in one pack, though it isn't clear if you get a cartridge or simply download codes for both games at once.
Final Fantasy 7 isn't remastered, but its Switch iteration does include a 3x speed mode, the ability to turn random battle encounters off, and battle enhancement mode. Final Fantasy 8 is, however, remastered, and comes with similar enhancements such as Battle Assist options like HP, ATB, and Limit Break boosts as well as a x3 speed boost, and the option to turn off random encounters.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the twin pack has been confirmed for anywhere outside of Asia just yet, though both titles are already available separately for Switch owners in North America. Hopefully the popularity and demand for games like the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake will show Square Enxi that fans would absolutely be interested in something like this, and we'll end up getting a copy ourselves.
But if that doesn't happen, the Asian version will still be up for import, of course – and that may very well be your best option here if you want to own both games in a single package.
As far as remakes go, previously I tried out the Final Fantasy 7 Remake playable demo at E3 2019. Here's what I thought about the experience:
"Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a clear-cut example of a developer working not to make the same game over again with updated graphics and mechanics, but to expand it beyond what was previously thought possible. Speaking on the game's expanded story and features ahead of my time with the demo, producer Yoshinori Kitase noted that the game will be a fully standalone experience that will focus on the part of the story that took place in Midgar. I know from this annotated slice of gameplay that there's nothing I want to do more when 2020 begins than spend time once again in the hallowed ground of PlayStation's finest role-playing game and see where this new vision of a classic goes. "
We'll be sure to keep you updated on whether we hear more about the situation and whether or not this will remain an option for Asia only.
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I tried to play FF8 Remastered. But I got so irritated by the Draw mechanic that I gave up. Even with the fast forwarding it's still very tedious, I have no idea why I did it as a kid.