Final Fantasy fans seem to be rather excited for Square Enix's upcoming high-definition remakes of Final Fantasy X and its direct sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, and for good reason: FF X especially is one of the series' most highly-regarded entries, and visually both games have aged rather well, making the prospect of an HD makeover quite exciting indeed. Plus, these remakes represent the first time Western fans will get to experience the International version of both games.
But just recently, Square Enix made an announcement that would sweeten the deal even more: about 65 of Final Fantasy X's music tracks are also getting remastered in order to bring the game's sound quality up to modern video game audio standards. (Game music nerds will note that Final Fantasy X, being a rather early PlayStation 2 game, had the majority of its music streamed directly from the PS2's sound chip, resulting in most of the soundtrack having a synthetic, MIDI-like quality to it.)
Fans, of course, were left to wonder what this remastered music might sound like -- until now. As part of their proceedings for this year's Gamescom show in Cologne, Germany, the company has released a new trailer for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster that highlights one of the revamped tunes in FF X -- in this case, the game's regular battle theme.
That very trailer is embedded in this article, so give it a look (well, listen) and see what you think! (Please note that the Western version of the trailer had some mixing issues that make the audio sound overly loud, so I've embedded the Japanese trailer, which doesn't have that problem. If you want to check out the English version of the trailer, you can find it right here.)
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is currently slated for release sometime in 2013, though that is looking less and less likely as we get later in the year without a firm release date. The games will be available as a package deal on the PlayStation 3, while Final Fantasy X HD Remaster and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster will be released separately on the PlayStation Vita.