Developed by Square for the PlayStation gaming console in 1997, Final Fantasy VII is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed role-playing games (RPG) of all time. It’s received countless game of the year awards, along with numerous other awards and accolades. GameFan even declared FF VII “quite possibly the greatest game ever made,” a quote that was mirrored on the game’s disc case.
While Square has since released several follow-up titles in the Final Fantasy series, VII remains the undisputed champ. As such, nostalgic gamers across the globe have yearned for a remake. Modern-day consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 could significantly enhance this retro RPG. So, will Square bring back Cloud Strife and the gang for a second shot at battling the villainous Sephiroth?
Square Enix Announced FF VII Remake
There’s been some talk of a possible FF VII remake for several years, with the earliest rumors dating back to 2014. However, it wasn’t until the following year at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo when developer Square Enix confirmed the rumor. Fans were ecstatic to hear this news, giving Square Enix a standing ovation.
According to IGN, Square Enix saw its stock price rise by nearly 3% in the wake of Square Enix announcing the FF VII remake.
Details of FF VII remain largely shrouded in secrecy, but we do know that it will retell the story of the original title. Former Shinra SOLDIER Cloud Strife joints an eco-terrorist group called AVALANCHE to battle the corrupt Shinra, which has been siphoning the energy’s life force. Cloud is joined by several other characters throughout the game, including Barret, Tifa, Yuffie, Vincent and more.
While the story initially begins as a battle between AVALANCHE and Shinra, it quickly spirals into something much deeper. Sephiroth, a powerful Shinra SOLDIER, summons a meteor to destroy the world. Cloud and the gang must stop Sephiroth and save the world before it strikes.
This isn’t just another “port” of FF VII, however. It’s a completely new game that’s being developed from scratch. Sources say it will feature full polygonal graphics instead of the just pre-rendered graphics. FF VII has already been ported over to different platforms, including Android smartphones and tablets. This remake, however, is completely new and different.
Again, we don’t know much about the FF VII remake or its gameplay. With that said, a teaser trailer presented at the 2015 PlayStation Experience revealed a new combat system. Unlike the original FF VII, the remake will not use an Active Time Battle system. Instead, it will use a real-time combat system, similar to the one uses in Kingdom Hearts.
The remake’s real-time combat system will allow players to attack using their weapons, cast spells, summon help and use items, all in real time. And much like the original FF VII, there’s a break gauge featured in the remake. Once this gauge charges, the player can unleash a devastating and more powerful attack.
Now for the question on every gamer’s mind: when will Square Enix release the FF VII remake? Unfortunately, Square Enix has kept silent regarding an official release date, leaving nostalgic gamers like myself on the edge of our seats. Instead, the company has focused its attention towards Final Fantasy 15, which is expected to launch later this year.
There are, however, some rumors circulating regarding an FF VII remake release date. One rumor in particular suggests that the first installment of the remake will launch in 2017, with the second installment coming in 2018 and the third in 2019.
FF VII remake has been confirmed for the Sony PlayStation 4. It’s unclear if it will launch on other platforms.