Final Fantasy 9 remake rumors spread like wildfire at the beginning of 2023, when the 35th anniversary in February was set to feature an hour-and-a-half-long presentation full of juicy FF news. Well, the anniversary has now been and gone, meaning these leaks were, unfortunately, a load of phooey.
Now, before we get into more potential phooey, maybe you should check out our Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion Switch review, Theatrhythm Final Bar Line Switch review, or head on over to our sister site, The Loadout, for information on the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth release date.
Final Fantasy 9 remake release date speculation
Unfortunately, Square Enix is yet to announce a Final Fantasy 9 remake, let alone a release date. We’re definitely jumping the gun a little bit here, but those 4Chan leaks earlier this year really got us hoping to see this classic game get a graphical overhaul and make its way onto the Nintendo Switch alongside other next-gen consoles.
Are there any Final Fantasy 9 remake leaks?
We mentioned the 4Chan leaks above, but since then, a few more rumors have come to light. In July 2023, Jeff Grubb, a reliable gaming source, let slip that a Final Fantasy 9 remake is in development. Then in September, a leak via a Reddit post from ImAHeroToo came out that suggests the game will have a Summer 2024 release, however, we’re yet to get a Nintendo Switch confirmation.
Now, take all of that with a grain of salt as until Square Enix confirms anything, we’re not going to get our hopes up.
Will the Final Fantasy 9 remake come to Switch?
As we mentioned above, Square Enix is yet to even announce a Final Fantasy 9 remake, let alone what platforms it may arrive on. However, I think the style of 9 fits perfectly on Nintendo Switch, as the characters and backgrounds don’t need to be as realistic as Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
Final Fantasy 9 remake gameplay
Here on Pocket Tactics, we hope any potential Final Fantasy 9 remake remains faithful to the original with turn-based combat and no deviations to the story. The original already has a chibi-esque style that has aged gracefully, so, in my eyes, a polish on all the rough edges, voice acting, and some QOL improvements are all a remake would need to succeed.
The Memoria Project is a non-playable Final Fantasy 9 remake project led by a team of devs and artists that reimagines the game with modern graphics. This impressive proof of concept is exactly how we want a remake to look, and hopefully, Square Enix takes note.
That’s all we’ve got on a potential Final Fantasy 9 remake for now, if you want something else to play while you wait for it, make sure you check out our lists of best Final Fantasy games on Switch and mobile, the best Switch RPGs, and the best mobile RPGs.