Square Enix announced today that Final Fantasy VIII has launched on PC through Steam and other “e-tailers.” This is the second title from the classic series to make its way to the PC via digital download. A number of Steam exclusive features have been added to the title, such as 45 new achievements despite the fact that when the game first came out in 1999, the original game didn’t include any achievements. Steam’s version of Final Fantasy VIII supports Steam Cloud, thus allowing gamers to transfer their save data between different PCs using the same game. No Mac or Linux support is present at launch, only Windows users will be able to get their Final Fantasy VIII fix via Steam at this point in time.
Prior to Final Fantasy XIII, this title was the fastest selling game in the entire series, it sold over 8.5 million copies around the globe. Final Fantasy VIII comes with a few enhancements as well, to make the game look much better on HD PCs. A feature that wasn’t available to Western gamers before has been added to the game now, called Chocobo World, it was added to the Japanese version after the game was first released in the U.S. Steam members can now purchase Final Fantasy VIII for $11.99.