Not long after Square Enix revealed Final Fantasy VIII Remastered for multiple platforms including the Nintendo Switch at its E3 2019 live presentation, there were murmurs about a possible physical release.

DotEmu, the developer helping out with the remastered version of the game, even responded to a fan question asking about a hard copy. This followed with sites such as Play-Asia opening pre-orders for a physical release. Despite looking increasingly likely, Square Enix has now confirmed via its Japanese website, that the game will be digital-only. And here's the news from Play-Asia (thanks to Nintendo Life reader Taylor for the tip):

We know you've been waiting patiently for the item Final Fantasy VIII Remastered. We have received information from our purchasing team and unfortunately, the item is a digital release only.

Perhaps this decision has something to do with the fact the digital release is taking place within less than a few weeks, on 3rd September. This date was locked in earlier this week and revealed within an official trailer (see above). So, if you want a physical copy, unfortunately, you're out of luck.

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