There have been long-standing rumors about the potential existence of a Final Fantasy 9 Remake. This unannounced project was referred to in the notable NVIDIA leak, which successfully predicted the releases of Final Fantasy VII Remake for PC, Kingdom Hearts IV, and the Chrono Cross reissue among Square Enix’s offerings. The rumor mill has started turning again, with new whispers emerging online.
A credible insider on ResetERA, known as Im A Hero Too, who has accurately hinted at the potential reveals of Persona 6 and Persona 3 Remake in the past, indicates that not only is a Final Fantasy IX Remake in the works but it is also expected to be a PlayStation exclusive. The insider did not detail whether the exclusivity to Sony platforms is temporary but did specify that a Nintendo Switch version is not in the pipeline. This suggests that the project could be broad in scope, catering to the most powerful systems of the current generation.
Furthermore, Im A Hero Too hints that the game’s launch is still some distance away, estimating that the Final Fantasy IX Remake will not come to fruition before 2025, in the best-case scenario. At this point, these claims remain in the realm of speculation, as there is no firm evidence confirming the existence of this project. The track record of the NVIDIA leak gives hope for a possible announcement of the remake at some point.
About Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy IX is a beloved installment in the acclaimed Final Fantasy series, developed and published by Square. First released in 2000 on the Sony PlayStation console, the game has since been re-released on multiple platforms due to its enduring popularity.
The game is set in the fantasy world of Gaia and follows a troupe of fascinating characters, including the mischievous thief Zidane Tribal, the reserved princess Garnet, the stoic knight Steiner, and a host of others. Final Fantasy IX is renowned for its return to the series’ roots, emphasizing a more traditional fantasy setting and story, in contrast to the science-fiction leanings of its immediate predecessors, Final Fantasy VII and VIII. The gameplay features turn-based combat, a staple of the series, and the introduction of new mechanics like the “Active Time Event” and “Trance” systems.
With a deep, engaging narrative, highly memorable characters, beautiful graphics for its time, and a wonderfully composed musical score by Nobuo Uematsu, Final Fantasy IX is often cited as one of the greatest video games of all time, holding a special place in the hearts of many fans of the series.