Internet what a great tool. Thanks to him, you can do some research, play online, stream music, or even find the recipe for pumpkin lasagna. The internet also makes it possible to bring people together who share the same passion, for example for a job that has shaped their life as a player. And if you put your creativity at the service of this passion, it can bring us very beautiful things.
Recall that last September we talked about the leakage of an amazing list linked to GeForce Now, Nvidia’s cloud gaming service. This list, certified by the Californian company but classified as “speculative”, had provided the fuel that was necessary to power the dream machine: It was Street Fighter 6, Titanfall 3, Tekken 8, the remake of Resident Evil 4 or that of a certain one called Final Fantasy IX.
The latter is what we will be discussing here, as the rumor has been surfing for a few weeks that a remake from the prestigious Square Enix catalog that could be linked to that of the game that Sony may have in. was announced December. While the network has been rustling in the direction of Chrono Cross in the last few days (also mentioned in the Nvidia leak), there was a time when the FFIX trail was considered.
Bibi stays with it
But enough speculation and fantasies, because what interests us here concerns a very specific initiative led by a team of amateur developers: the Memoria project. The team founded last spring has gradually grown with the response to the project and has now reached around thirty enthusiasts.
Your goal? Trying to imagine what Final Fantasy IX would look like today with current engines while keeping the spirit of the original. And the result is very short, but quite convincing:
Yes sir ? OK !
The sequence takes on one of the moments from the beginning of the game when we see our dear black magician Vivi (Bibi in the original French version) admiring the shimmering jewelry of the city of Alexandria while a newly orchestrated version of her theme is played. According to the project managers, it runs in real time under Unreal Engine 5, but should not be playable.
Nevertheless, this video is above all a love letter to the one Hironobu Sakaguchi considers himself to be the episode that comes closest to his idea of a Final Fantasy (except that he’s his favorite).
Even if the remake of Final Fantasy IX Just left a vague rumor, it’s always nice to see the fans take the lead to give us a sneak peek. Let us also remember that an animated adaptation of the game was recently announced, this time it is official and has been entrusted to the hands of the Paris-based studio Cyber Group Studios and is intended for children “from 8 to 13 years old”.
Ultimately, the news from whoever blew out his twenty candles last year has never been so eventful.