Final Fantasy IX is frequently referred to be series founder Hironobu Sakaguchi’s favorite game and the quintessential Final Fantasy experience, and it appears that Square Enix is beginning to show Final Fantasy IX a great deal more love and care than it has previously shown.
Fans of the fantasy world of Final Fantasy IX are experiencing something of a renaissance, thanks to everything from an animated series to playable cameos in the upcoming Chocobo GP. For the time being, there are no plans for a full remake of the game, with the exception of an HD remaster for contemporary systems.
In contrast, the recently revealed fan-made Memoria Project has gotten people’s attention, with an accompanying new teaser showing off what a future remake could look like. This effort, which has been undertaken by a committed team of 28 artists, aims to reinvent the original PlayStation classic.
While it is not a playable project, the Memoria Project is a display of what Final Fantasy IX may look like if it were redone using modern technology, notably Unreal Engine 5.
The project was called after the penultimate dungeon in the game, which serves as the final test for the player before Zidane and his pals are whisked away to the Crystal World, where they would face a slew of difficult adversaries before reaching the finish of the game.
While there are PC mods that seek to modernize the aesthetics of Final Fantasy IX, the Memoria Project envisions a completely new take on the source material rather than simply a modernized version of the original.
In any case, the Memoria Project team will proceed with their intentions to reinvent Final Fantasy IX in a way that does not infringe on Square Enix’s intellectual property rights. Let’s hope that some form of modern remake of this game will be released at some point in the future.