The phenomenal fan-made Moguri Mod for Final Fantasy IX’s PC port recently released version 8.2, which includes even more visual upgrades.
Last year we covered a fan community mod for the PC version of Final Fantasy IX, which seeks to create a true remastered version of the much beloved title while still preserving the integrity of the artistic design. The trailer for the latest version, update 8.2, shows off even more improvements and fixes made to the visuals, framerate, music, and more:
Moguri Mod, according to the official website, “is a total revamping of the PC port of Final Fantasy IX through Deep Learning techniques.” This mod’s most drastic changes are in the background arts that are now more detailed, cleaner, and have a higher resolution. Moguri Mod also includes a custom implementation of Memoria Mod, which offers more customization and options than the original PC port.
If you’re into remastered music, several artists and Materia Collective have come together to create the EIDOLON: Music From Final Fantasy IX tribute album. You can check that out here.
Square Enix announced earlier this month that Final Fantasy VII Remake has shipped over 5 million copies worldwide, digitally and physically. The game is also now the highest selling digital game Square Enix ever developed on a PlayStation platform. April 2020’s NPD data shows that Final Fantasy VII Remake beat out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and as of that date was already the most successful entry in the long-running franchise in terms of units sold and dollar sales in a launch month.
The director of Remake Tetsuya Nomura was the one to propose the original Final Fantasy VII’s most shocking moment. As previously revealed, Final Fantasy VII Remake has many new elements to it and Scenarist Kazushige Nojima even explains how he rewrote Cloud for the remake. We also translated comments from Nojima about how Final Fantasy VII influenced Final Fantasy VIII. In an interview posted through Square Enix, Co-Director Naoki Hamaguchi and Producer Yoshinori Kitase talk about their reasoning behind making some bold changes for the remake of such a beloved game — namely why Sephiroth was introduced so early in the game.
We also translated the short film made to promote the remake. Square Enix, meanwhile, is currently working on the second and possibly last episode. Square Enix released a trailer revealing the theme song of the game called Hollow, along with with many iconic moments and returning faces from the original PS1 classic. If you’re interested in how the remake plays, check out both of our previews from E3 2018, as well as my own in-depth preview of four chapters of the game. Our Features Editor also wrote about how the remake won him over as a non-Final Fantasy fan.
Final Fantasy VII Remake finally released on April 10th after a one month delay and you can purchase the game from Amazon here. Check out our extremely comprehensive review of the title here. I wrote a pretty comprehensive beginner’s guide for players just starting out (including some handy Materia and weapon builds for Tifa) but you can also check out this incredibly intricate and damaging combo to see why proper character builds matter in Remake.
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