According to rumors, the Final Fantasy 9 remake isn’t as “ambitious” as FF7, according to an insider.

The potential 2000 remake of Final Fantasy 9 has been around for a while, and it recently got a new head after the final episode of Morning mayhem gameJeff Grubb, a prominent industry insider and commentator, states that he’s heard that “Final Fantasy 9 Remake is real, [it’s] real and happened.”

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This is further evidence of the game’s existence, as the rumor originally comes from a very reliable source, an Nvidia leak. This is what people call a leak that happened about two years ago in which files from Nvidia’s streaming platform, GeForce Now, became publicly available. Among the files were several game titles, strongly suggesting that these games will eventually be released on PC, where GeForce Now is available.

Several titles featured in the leak have been confirmed (some have been released), such as Kingdom Hearts 4, Resident Evil 4 Remake, Street Fighter 6, Returnal, and more. Final Fantasy 9 Remake was one such game, so there’s certainly good reason to believe it’s coming, though it’s worth noting that projects can sometimes be canceled early before they’re even announced.

However, if a Final Fantasy 9 Remake is coming, says Grubb, it will look less ambitious than the Final Fantasy 7 remake series. Grubb wasn’t as sure about this as he was about the game’s existence, but did mention that the title “is almost certainly not ambitious.” Like FF7.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake, released in 2020, was a complete reimagining of the 1997 classic, featuring upscale modern graphics, revamped third-person battles, full voice acting, and even story changes. It also split the story into several entries, with the sequel Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, coming sometime in Winter 2023/2024.

We’ll simply have to wait and see the degree, if any, of a “remake” of Final Fantasy 9. It is possible that the remake will only update the visuals and some gameplay features, while keeping the core of the experience the same. If so, it would mean keeping the game’s active turn-based combat, which should please old-school fans, but will undoubtedly limit its appeal to new players.

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