Final Fantasy VIII 'coming soon' to PSN

Sony newsletter indicates Square's classic JRPG headed to PS3's online storefront in the near future.

Most of the buzz surrounding Final Fantasy these days pertains to XIII, which PlayStation 3 owners in Japan will be able to bite into tomorrow. And while Western audiences won't see Final Fantasy XIII on the Xbox 360 and PS3 until March 9, it appears as if Sony and Square Enix will have a downloadable edition of Final Fantasy VIII on tap for the PlayStation Network sometime soon.

Sony notified the public of such in a recent e-mail blast detailing a batch of new content coming to or out now for the PlayStation 3. Specifically, Final Fantasy VIII is listed alongside Buzz Quiz World and District 9 in the "Coming Soon" section of Sony's newsletter.

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Originally released for the PlayStation in 1999, Final Fantasy VIII found itself in the unsavory position of following Square's highly acclaimed Final Fantasy VII, which surfaced on the PS Store in June. Still, the game managed to achieve substantial acclaim, thanks to a storyline that follows Squall Leonheart and other military academy graduates as they join the elite combat unit Seed.

For more information, check out GameSpot's review of Final Fantasy VIII.

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josef8
josef8

my favorite and only Final Fantasy i bothered to finish.. best intro and ending i have seen

shabulia
shabulia

Final Fantasy VIII is still my favorite FF game so far. VII was great but VIII is still better. Squall was the best hero to come out of Square and I'm glad to ahve him again on the PSP! Next up: Final Fantasy IX!

jubeio
jubeio

see now i loved FFVIII my brother thought it was horrible, short and too easy the easy bit i agree with, and they did fail on the graphics, it was too early to get graphics into more real life animation, but i thought it was an amazing game, good story, great characters, guy with a gun (Y) the only prblem i really had with it was the magic, magic was quite random at how much damage and stuff it did, and wasnt ocmpletely helpful, although the junctioning stuff was a good idea, i duno i just felt like the feel of FF was slightly lost from magic

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

Even though I know it wont happen I do wish they would do a proper re-make of it with updated graphics, extra monsters, characters, locations etc. That said I can't wait for this one of my all time favourite games!

ryan_rnr
ryan_rnr

my favorite FF game. i bought this the first day it was available on PSN.i used to rip my own ISOs from my physical discs and had to switch different versions of POPSTATION just to go around game-crashing bugs. now i can sink my time on drawing spells uninterrupted!

roryk666
roryk666

one of the best rpgs of all time

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@SalarianChemist: "I'm very surprised we haven't seen Dreamcast games on Xbox Live" Eeem... "Ikaruga", hmm... "Triggerheart Exelica"

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Cool, though I never liked FFVIII I'll stick to VII and Tactics.

hardace1708
hardace1708

that salarian chemist dude is always here when it concerns exclusivity and rpg games.

lidstrom07
lidstrom07

solidusScott, FF9 is a great RPG that references many previous FF's in sometimes-strong, sometimes-subtle ways. It's my co-favorite in the series with FF7.

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

JUST AS I THOUGHT!!!! salarian chemist did made comment!! I LOLED outside!

Thunderstarter
Thunderstarter

Rejoice! Our prayers have been answered! It's only logical that FFIX will follow FFVIII. THANK YOU SQUARE!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Thats funny. "Coming Soon"? It came out this morning hehe.

solidusScott
solidusScott

Definitely getting this one. I haven't played FF VIII in years. Can't wait for them to put up FF IX cause its the only Final Fantasy I haven't played.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

PSN and Xbox Live Arcade are both great places for games like Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 8. Personally, I'm very surprised we haven't seen Dreamcast games on Xbox Live, since many Dreamcast games used Windows operating systems for development.

Windblade91
Windblade91

i didnt enjoy VIII, in general SE has failed in delivering a game that could surpass VII, i love XIII but i have my expectation set on Versus being the one to redefine FF like VII did, that or w/e idea Nomura has in that mind of his that he wont tell anybody about for VII's next sequel

Petch1984
Petch1984

PSone FFs on PSP not PS3 FTW IMO. LOL and so on...

Cloud310
Cloud310

Loving FFVII on my PSP Go, can't wait for the rest.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Plz bring it to PAL PS Store too! :(

Caer_Death
Caer_Death

I would rather stick a pitchfork through my eyes than play that game on the PS3. Unless, of course, it was remastered in HD. Then I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

also, to those who are still talking trash about this game - just stfu!. it's either you are too dumb to understand the junction system or you didn't play this game at all.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

@petch1984: fighting omega weapon was one of the things which made this game very memorable for me. i lost my Laguna Loir card in the card game (which could be converted to hero potions) and it took me a very long time to beat this enemy. Even with Auto-haste, Auto-Aura, etc. I still had to use the Lionheart quite a lot. I think it's one of the best limit breaks ever created in a FF game. So to those who did not fight Omega Weapon on your first run of the game, (it's not the same as Ultima Weapon), make sure you take this sidequest right before you go to the final battle with Ultimecia.

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

that's cool i still have this game. but they should add some more games and finally add some ps2 compatibility please! i have no idea if it is doable w/ updates but i'm just making some hopeful wishes. awesome game by the way i really just remember the super hard boss battle at the end.

Ardain
Ardain

Yeah!!! I'm Playing it on my PSP right now. it is already on PSN. It's Freaking AWESOME!!

LordelX
LordelX

BtmnHatesRbn said:"I want dragons, chocobos, Santa Clause, moggles, silliness, castles that sink in the sand, sarcastic megalomaniacs, planets with two moons..." Amen to that. But Santa Clause made his apprearance in Secret of Mana, not Final Fantasy....right?

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

if salarian chemist made a comment that this is coming to xbox360 as well... i will go outside and LOL

greekmafioso1
greekmafioso1

just remake 7 , like thier doing everything possible before going to that last option in making it with ps3 graphics. they want to get full pays worth out of everyway possible till they finalize they will make ff7 the same but with ps3 HD Thats what is going on if you have not noticed garrenty, you might not believe it but just watch in the near future.

Quinzark
Quinzark

OMG thats so cool. My copy is scratched (lent it to a mate -_- ) so i'd love to have a downloadable option. unfortunately i have no ps3 sooo thats that out of question ... for now

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

Final Fantasy I through VII, including off-shoots like Mystic Quest, Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Breath of Fire (well, that's not really an off-shoot), and the original Game Boy games (Adventure and Legend series) all included a few things that made Final Fantasy fun: medievalism. Final Fantasy VIII appears to take place in the universe of Highlander II. (If you get that reference, then you know I didn't give in a compliment.) Final Fantasy IX returned to the what made the series fun. Then the boring, crappy, speaking-out-of-sync dark movie comes out, the eye-candy only X and X-2, and the terrible EverQuest wanna-bees since. I want dragons, chocobos, Santa Clause, moggles, silliness, castles that sink in the sand, sarcastic megalomaniacs, planets with two moons...

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@ayanematrix I don't think they are doing this for people who already own a "mint condition copy". It's for the people who want it on their PS3's and PSP's and it's definitly for people who have not played it.

InN3rChi011
InN3rChi011

lol i dont need this i still have this ps1 game outside near my ps2.

Crisiscore23
Crisiscore23

Zidaneski...i feel you pain, though i did have my chance of getting through the final cutscene, i am more the happy to get the chance of doing it again. YAY FFVIII.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Awesome, FFVIII always freezes on me half-way through the ending cutscene. Now I will finally have closure on the game,...for the 8th time.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy finds girl. Boy loses girl. Girl finds boy. Girl loses boy and dog. Boy finds dog.... and so on and so on, ad nausium. Then there's the "oh gee, we all knew each other when we were in school and just forgot" moment. Weak.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

Final Fantasy VIII rules, you guys will file blasphemy, but I dig it so much more than VII. The setting, the characters, the music, I love it.

solidine
solidine

I still have the actual games, though this was the worst of the PS1 FF's.

makiveli100
makiveli100

I hope 9 follows this one. I still have 7 and 8 in disk form but no 9.....

TheLemonGelati
TheLemonGelati

Niice, I was just thinking about FF8 the other day. Tried the good old PS1 disc but no dice.. Some of my favorite FF moments are in 8. Looking forward to the release.

qpitty
qpitty

This is good news. I played 7 on the psn and liked it. And I started getting into 4. I'm ready for 8.

xxx_rinad
xxx_rinad

wooww Final Fantasy 8 is coming back :) i soo love that game even do i have this game on pc i dont play it that much but on ps3 it might be more fun :)

TheKvazzy
TheKvazzy

nice i enjoyed this number :)

Pajamasammi
Pajamasammi

@ oneligas Too bad square said they're never remaking 7 as a next gen. And yes, 6 was amazing, and I think dissidia was the closest to best remake.

Legatoblue87
Legatoblue87

Great, time to collect all the "people" cards in the card game and become the triple triad master...yeah

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

um gamespot are so late its been on psn 4 some weeks now atleast in the japan psn

lamprey263
lamprey263

good news about FFVIII, about friggin' time, it should have been on PSN a long time ago; and where's FFIX while we're at it?

valzjet28
valzjet28

@shabulia hi I know it's been 4 yrs since you comment but I was wondering, there is a game in FF VIII for PSP? it's my favorite  game ever! I only played on PS1 and PC before.