At E3 2019, Square Enix finally released a trailer of Final Fantasy VIII remastered, after years of silence. The publisher had lost the original source code from the PS1 era, which is why it took so much time. A release date wasn’t given but Square Enix said it would launch later this year. Now, an ESRB rating makes us think that the release is close.
ESRB has now rated Final Fantasy VIII Remastered for Windows PC and Xbox One. This rating is different for the game. It seems to miss out on PS4 and Nintendo Switch and only lists the Xbox One and PC as a platform. It is a brand new rating that is separate from the ESRB rating given to the original version available through the PlayStation Store and Steam.
The Reason a Release Date Announcement Might Be Near
Usually, the rating of the game is updated on the ESRB website close to the game’s launch. Square Enix hasn’t shared a release date for Final Fantasy VIII Remastered but this possibly hints at an impending announcement for the game’s release date.
Here is a description of the Final Fantasy VIII Remastered ESRB rating. The game was given a Teen rating by ESRB.
“This is a role-playing game in which players follow the story of fighters involved in a war for independence. Players can explore cities, interact with characters, perform quests, and battle human and fantastical enemies. Combat is turn-based, with players selecting attack moves from a menu which triggers brief animated sequences. Cutscenes also depict instances of violence and blood: a character impaled through the chest with a crystal shard; a character slashed across the face during a swordfight; blood splashes and a bleeding wound on a character’s face.
The game contains some suggestive material: scenes referencing a “naughty magazine,” though no images are shown; female characters wearing low-cut or skimpy clothing that reveals large amounts of breasts/cleavage. A handful of scenes depict drunk characters slurring their speech or hiccupping; one sequence allows players’ character to buy alcohol in order to obtain an item—after drinking, a character says, “Whoa…(hic) I’m totally wasted…”). The words “a*s,” “bastard,” and “b*tch” appear in the dialogue.”