As a 90’s kid when I heard that Final Fantasy VII was getting a complete Remake I had conflicting feelings but after looking at the demo that was showcased at E3 2015, 2016, & 2017 I can say for certain that the
will be well worth the wait.
There hasn’t been any set release date announced by
for now but considering just how big a deal making a remake of Final Fantasy VII is, it’s understandable why Square Enix would want to take their time to get it right. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Is It A Remaster Or Completely new game?
Square Enix has made it clear that rather than being the same
with new graphics, the Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a completely new game with vastly different gameplay mechanics. Final Fantasy VII Remake will follow the same story but will be built from the ground up to make full use of the power of the current-generation hardware.
It Will Be Released Episodically
This came as a surprise to many fans when
wrote a blog that confirmed that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released as separate episodes rather than a complete game. Final Fantasy VII Remastered will still be a single game just in multiple parts. Considering how much content the original game had, releasing it as multiple episodes rather than having to condense the content was probably the best approach.
New Gameplay Changes
The combat in Final Fantasy VII Remake ha gone a complete overhaul and will be more action-oriented rather than being a turn-based RPG. From the few glimpses we’ve managed to see of the game, the combat feels a lot more like Final Fantasy XV’s.
Players will be able to explore the world which we can confirm since Cloud was shown roaming the streets of Midgar which looked like an impeccable replica of the originals. Besides the changes in gameplay, it’s highly possible that other elements of the game like Maps, materia, conversations, items, and even the story might be altered to keep up with the times.
Changes To the Story
Since its initial release back in the 90’s, Final Fantasy VII has had a variety of different spin-offs and sequels that weren’t accounted for in the original release including Dirge of Cerberus, Advent Children, and so on.
Tetsuya Nomura has clarified that there will be more plot devices in the story to tie all the sequels, prequels and spin-offs together. Though there might be some noticeable changes to the story of the game it’s expected the overall narrative of the game will not be changed.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Release Date:
As of now, there’s no concrete information about when the game will be released. The only bit of info we have comes from an interview with Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda that stated that Final Fantasy VII Remake would be released within three years alongside other Square Enix titles like Kingdom Hearts III. We can expect to have the first episode of the game out by 2020.
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