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Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters: Fans Come Up With Multiple Ways to Fix that Gross Font

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The Final Fantasy 1-3 Pixel Remasters released July 28 on Steam and fans have already come up with multiple ways to fix the game’s… unappealing font.

The first three Pixel Remasters – new takes on the earliest Final Fantasy games, released on Steam – immediately garnered controversy for their choice of font. While the games retain the pixel art style of the originals, the typeface used is far more modern, and oddly condensed. Thankfully, the fan community is stepping in to help in multiple ways.

As pointed out by Aeana on Twitter (below), it’s a simple process to swap the game’s font for another – with many praising the pixel-based font drawn from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. The mod, which can be downloaded directly here, is much more pleasing to the eye, and a more natural typeface fit for the games in question.

After the mod is downloaded, it is relatively easy to install. The downloaded zip folder contains two fonts, one in English (font_en) and another in Japanese (font_ja). To install these, you must first navigate to the game directory for the specific Pixel Remaster that you wish to install the mod on. Once there, you can search for the font file that you want to change, and then simply replace it with your downloaded copy. It might be worth creating a backup of the font file before overwriting it, just to be extra safe.

Alternatively, fans have come up with a way to fix the font issue that doesn’t require you to download any files at all. As reported by RPG site, it is possible to fix the issue by switching out the Japanese and English font files within the game. The Japanese language option for the game uses a far more readable font than its English counterpart. Switching these folders essentially means that you force the game’s English subtitles to use the game’s preinstalled Japanese font type (which includes a full Latin character set).

To swap out the font files, you’ll first need to log into steam and navigate to the local files for the copy of the game you’re changing. This can be found by right-clicking the game in your library, selecting properties, followed by local files, and browse.

From here, you’ll need to look under FINAL FANTASY_Data and then StreamingAssets – this is the folder where each of the font files that you’ll need to access is stored. In this folder you’re looking for four files: font-en.bundle, font_en.manifest, font-ja.bundle and, font_ja.manifest. Cut and paste the files font_en.bundle and font_en.manifest somewhere else on your computer where they can act as a backup – we recommend an easily marked folder or your desktop for ease of access.

Copy the files font_ja.bundle and font_ja.manifest before pasting them into the folder with your other backups. At this point, it’s important to follow the instructions carefully as a mistake could stop the game from loading. In the StreamingAssets folder, rename font_ja.bundle and font_ja.manifest by replacing the “ja” in each line with “en” for both file names. Then copy and paste the original backup copies of font_ja.bundle and font_ja.manifest from your backup folder into the StreamingAssets folder. Following this, you should then be able to change the language settings in the game’s menu to English and the font will be noticably better.

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Series Screenshots

While the games are currently only on Steam, with a mobile release promised later, Square Enix has said they could come to other platforms with enough demand. The only issue there is that there will likely be no way to change that font – we’ll have to hope the developers hear that demand too.

If you’re currently playing through the Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters, why not check out this article detailing 7 things you (probably) didn’t know about Final Fantasy 1 through 3.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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