Project Final Fantasy 6: The Remake We Deserve

For years, fans (including myself) have begged Square-Enix for a real remake of Final Fantasy 6. Instead, we got a terrible mobile port/remake. As a life-long fan of Final Fantasy 6, when I first saw images of Octopath Traveler, the HD-2D graphics style immediately made me think of a real Final Fantasy 6 remake. This is an attempt to mix the styles of the two games together to give an idea of a modern-retro version of Final Fantasy 6 that still maintains the magic of the original game.

WARNING: Mild Final Fantasy 6 spoilers below!

This screen shows Terra climbing Mt. Kolts on the way to the Returner hideout. This screen comes from Olberic’s path in the demo. When I first saw the bridge, it was instant throwback to FF6 (and so many others thought the same thing).

In this one, Terra is battling Magitek Armor in the desert around Figaro Castle. I’m sure the magic menus would be way better organized than this, but to match the source screenshot I stuck with fire spells.

Here, Sabin is wandering around the cave to South Figaro. The darkness and use of light could make for some great new secret areas in the caves.

This is a town under control of the Empire. General Leo is hanging out for good measure. The Magitek Armor makes sure that nobody can come or go during the occupation.

In this screen, Edgar and Shadow are battling the Ultima Weapon on the Floating Continent. This is one of the best fights in the game, with some of the best boss music. The Blackjack can be seen in the distance.

Here, we have the esper Tritoch at the top of the mountain behind Narshe. Umaro is out and about. This would be in the World of Ruin when the party goes back to Narshe to get Tritoch and meet Umaro.

Here is Kefka on the way to Figaro Castle to pay Edgar a visit. I pretty much love every scene with Kefka.

In this one we have Sabin, Shadow, and Cyan as they explore the Phantom Forest, right after Cyan’s family is killed. The HD-2D engine would make this area so cool to wander through, especially with the real-time lighting.

Sabin and Cyan are here meeting Gau for the first time on the Veldt right after jumping over Baren Falls. I know this scene takes place after a battle, but I liked the location here with water around the place they meet, similar to this image from the mobile version.

And finally, Locke has decided to go 1-on-1 with the Blue Dragon down in the depths of the Ancient Castle. Good luck, Locke!

Bonus – Final Fantasy VI Opening Credits (Octopath Style)

The intro here was done by Pete Mache, who shares my vision of a remake of FF6 with Octopath visuals. The work done here is so incredible that I felt it should be included into this project, with Pete’s permission of course.


Now, of course, I don’t think this would ever happen, but once again I can dream, right? What do you think? Would you like to see something like this get created in an official manner?

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manubibi
manubibi
1 year ago

I would DIE for a remake like this!!!

Tye Watson
Tye Watson
1 year ago

This looks amazing! Obviously make the GUI close to the original but other than that, I think this is a great path. Why not do Operation FF6 like operation rainfall and operation moonfall? If it gains enough traction we might be able to get this remake?

FF6 Lover
FF6 Lover
Reply to  Tye Watson
1 year ago

I like the new menu but it would be good to have a Classic menu option

CodeRed
CodeRed
1 year ago

I’d love a FF VI remake and think Square Enix would be insane not to release one. However, I think it’d be much better to do a full on 3D remake like FF IV. Many scenes in FF VI don’t really get across well because of the sprites and I feel like we’d get the full experience with polygons. Not to mention, having full voice work for the game like IV would breath so much more life into the game (imagine Celes’ opera scene!) and bring new fans to appreciate FF VI.

Ben
Ben
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Reply to  CodeRed
1 year ago

I wouldn’t be totally against the full on-3D remake either, but I think that even Final Fantasy IV’s makeover was a point of contention for many – not from a gameplay or voice acting perspective, but I remember many not taking kindly to the new visual approach. I don’t care personally, because it’s more Final Fantasy at the end of the day.

Karol Wycz
Karol Wycz
1 year ago

Yes i would really like to play older FF than FF7 but even though i mostly consider the game good when it has a good story and do not much for the visuals, but FF6 just hurt my senses. It’s way too old. I’am very curious about that game and i will probably buy it if it will ever be released on PC.
PS: I thought exactly the same that older final fantasy versions can be remade with that graphic engine and than i would gladly play it. I will even consider buying a console just for the remakes.

FF6 Lover
FF6 Lover
1 year ago

Omg please please please please please please

FF6 Lover
FF6 Lover
Reply to  FF6 Lover
1 year ago

These images are incredible and I want to play this exact game. I’m dying because it doesn’t exist yet. This art is really great

Sepskay
Sepskay
1 year ago

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

marinho
marinho
1 year ago

dunno, I really enjoyed the treatment FF3 and FFIV got in 3d. I would like something like a polished version of FF opera omnia. FFVI deserves a worthy remake for sure!

Guesti
Guesti
1 year ago

This just looks like sprites from FF6 transposed onto Octopath backgrounds. Octopath is a great game but a remake of FF6 SHOULD NOT look like an Octopath clone. That would not do it any kind of justice. FF6 deserves a full remake of the type FF4 got on the DS but with Final Fantasy XV level graphics. This style of remake tbh is not much more thrilling than the mobile phone one. Also, fwiw, Figaro dessert doesn’t have rocky outcroppings. It’s flat. Kefka was marching in sand dunes when the famous ‘sand on my boots’ line occurred. Come on.

Firestream
firestream
Reply to  Guesti
1 year ago

The point of this article is to imagine a FF6 using the engine of Octopath, not to envision a 3D remake like FF4, etc. You are entitled to not like the combined style of course, but I think you missed the point of what this is showing. Nothing more nothing less. Also, forgive me for the sand dunes not matching FF6 exactly, as I had limited access to Octopath screens when doing these mockups.

Ryan Cameron
Ryan Cameron
1 year ago

I loved FF 6 as much or more than FF 7. I’m stoked that 7 is getting a remake, and would be forever grateful if they remade 6.

Guest
Guest
1 year ago

This looks incredibly beautiful! Although I’d hope someday they can make a complete remake (say, using the same technology/visual they’re using to remake FFVII), I DEFINITELY would help fund what you did there. REALLY beautiful, just… lovely! Congratulations.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

I’d say throw in the mobile version sprites with more dynamic dialogue unique to every character for every story event, and you got yourself a deal!

Boomdart
Boomdart
Reply to  Chris
8 months ago

Its funny you mention the sprites which is what most people are so in tatters about. They won’t replay the game because that somehow negates the rest of what good the game has. Not to mention you don’t have to play it on your phone, you can play it on a big tablet or hook it up to your tv from an android device. Or use an android emulator on your computer. I’m all for the ff6 mobile remake as it was glorious in every regard aside from the side profile sprites of characters, they are a tad flat looking… Read more »

Nobers
Nobers
Reply to  Boomdart
5 months ago

The game looks terrible. It’s not stopping people from playing FF6, but just that version of FF6.

GuestNr.001
GuestNr.001
1 year ago

Damn… If they would remake FF1 to FF6 like this… I’d buy them all, looks amazing and keeps it kinda original at the same time with a modern flavor.

GuestNr.001
GuestNr.001
1 year ago

I would also like to add, if they would throw this into the mix, it would be a masterpiece.
Youtube:
Final Symphony: Final Fantasy VI – Born with the Gift of Magic

Jorge
Jorge
9 months ago

PLEASE do this remake Square Enix.

James
James
8 months ago

I want a full 3D remake

Boomdart
Boomdart
8 months ago

Just found this. I personally very much appreciate square’s effort to remake ff6 for the mobile. It’s exactly what I’ve wanted for many years. Yes, the character sprites are a bit crap but everything else is absolutely amazing and you’re a cretin for saying otherwise.

This shows no effort in making the sprites better, just changing the background.

Do you believe if square released something like this you would have been happier? I believe everyone would complain that the sprites were ripped from a snes rom and completely untouched. In this regard, why not just replay the original?

gozerlegozerien
gozerlegozerien
5 months ago

Very nice! I have try imaginate a FF6 remake also, whith the drawing of Amano : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaGyxrkihg0

Ashura
Ashura
4 months ago

Damn… I will buy this version (if available) in a heartbeat!
Altho I’m not against full 3D remake, but these scene captures the nostalgic feels of Final Fantasy VI almost perfectly!

Justin
Justin
4 months ago

Why oh why did you do this. Torture.. I want a remake of 6, the greatest game in existence, so badly and this would be a beautiful way of doing it. Although I wouldn’t be offended with a full new age remake either. But this was mean. Lol

Ln
Ln
4 months ago

I totally die for a remake with the style of Octopath. I would throw my money to Square. But I think this is only a dream 🙁

That mobile port hurt my eyes…

Fir
Fir
1 month ago

Did you make that intro using a game engine, or is it simply video/image editing?