Spanish publishers Heroes de Papel (Paper Heroes) have produced a new book based solely on Squarsoft’s (Now Square enix) 1999 JRPG Final Fantasy VIII. Titled The Legend: Final Fantasy VIII, the book comes in four variations including a Squall, Rinoa and Edea edition, as well as the normal version that features Squall’s signature Gunblade on the cover.
The book, written by Remi Lopez, retells the story of Final Fantasy VIII in depth, as well as discussing the multiple theories and controversial portions of the game debated by fans for many years after release. Edea, Ultimecia and Rinoa in particular are examined further, as well of course as the protagonist Squall who players have often questioned about his possible premature death about a quarter of the way into the game.
In the interest of fairness, all the strengths of the game are highlighted as well as some flaws that either the author himself or players in general have picked up on. The magic system in particular was a very divisive issue at the time.
The Legend: Final Fantasy VIII can be purchased from the Heroes de Papel website, with the normal edition setting you back €22 and any of the special editions an extra €1. The books are completely in Spanish for now.
Final Fantasy XV is just around the corner, with release finally around six months away. Director Hajime Tabata believes the game will either “Make or Break” the Final Fantasy series.
In any case, there will be plenty to do this September as on top of the 40-hour main quest there will also be over 200 side-quests to slice through on top of that. After a few years on a downward slope, compared to the highs of the late 90s, Square Enix will be hoping their signature series can return with a bang.