Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster (ファイナルファンタジー ピクセルリマスター, Fainaru Fantajī Pikuseru Rimasutā?) is a series of in-progress releases of the first six numbered titles in the Final Fantasy series. Announced June 13, 2021 as part of Square Enix Presents Summer Showcase for E3 2021 and publishing on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows via Steam, in July that same year. These releases are touted as being the "ultimate 2D remasters" of their respective games.
The spritework appears to be partially based on the art featured in FF DOT: The Pixel Art of Final Fantasy, a 2018 art book that featured re-imagined sprites from many titles in the series. All six titles' character pixel art have been fully remastered from their original versions by pixel artist Kazuko Shibuya who has worked on the Final Fantasy series since the first game. The remasters do not include some of the bonus dungeons and features introduced in the Game Boy Advance ports and further releases based on those.
With the release of the Pixel Remasters, the previous Windows, iOS, and Android releases of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI, as well as the previous iOS and Android releases of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II, were delisted from their respective stores as of July 29, and are no longer available for purchase. Players already possessing licenses to previous versions can continue to install and play them until the operating environment changes, at which point full functionality of the older versions cannot be guaranteed. Since the 3D versions of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV are both established releases with distinctive gameplay, they remain available on all app stores and were retitled and repackaged in early June 2021.
Pixel Remaster is the first official PC release of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II, and is the first international release of the original version of Final Fantasy III, with all prior international releases of the game being the 3D remake.
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- Sal Romano (29 June 2021). Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series launches beginning July. Gematsu. Archived from the original on 4 July 2021.
- Tony Garsow (28 June 2021, updated 30 June 2021). New Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster footage shows more from Final Fantasy I through VI. Archived from the original on 30 June 2021.