Coming on the heels of the Final Fantasy X-X-2 HD release date, today Square Enix made a new downloadable version Final Fantasy VIII available for PC on Steam, at a price point of $11.99. The hit 1999 Playstation RPG, which has sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide, is the third Final Fantasy title to be made available for Steam, after Final Fantasy XI and the updated PC port of Final Fantasy VII.
Final Fantasy VIII had been released on PC before, in 2000, but this release has a few new features that weren’t available in any previous version. In addition to being “optimized for modern high-definition PCs and fully integrated with the Steam platform” (along with Steam cloud support), it also includes Magic Booster, activated from the launcher, which increases a player’s inventory of various spells by 100.
Finally, the game includes Chocobo World, a minigame available only in the original PC port and on the Japan-only PocketStation handheld. The launch trailer for the release is below.