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After more than a decade of anticipation and years of secrecy, Square Enix showed the world a slew of Final Fantasy 7 remake at E3 in June. We know a lot, including the release date for Part 1 (March 3, 2020) and how the combat system works, but there is still a lot we do not know about. When the second part of the game is published or how many installments will be available, we are hidden.
If you catch up on complete ignorance, here is a brief summary:
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a multi-part game. The installments are published separately.
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 1 will be released on March 3, 2020 on PlayStation 4.
- The first installment will be entirely in Midgar.
- The new combat system combines real-time and turn-based elements.
- The game is significantly different from the original, including story points.
If you have never played the original or were not present at the time of its release in 1997, you may be able to ask …
What's wrong with Final Fantasy 7?
Final Fantasy is the most famous RPG franchise of all time and Final Fantasy 7 is the most famous Final Fantasy game of all time. According to the inventor Square Enix, 11 million units were sold, making it the best-selling game in the franchise. As a reference: Final Fantasy 15 from 2016, which was a great success, was delivered with about 8.4 million pieces.
Final Fantasy was also a big hit among critics and received a rating of 9.2 for Metacritic. GameSpot, our sister site, rated it 9.5 on release.
It may seem crazy to look at it, but Final Fantasy 7 was a 1997 technological master class. Film sequences were modeled in full-motion video and the blocky 3D models moved in pre-rendered environments that were stunning at the time.
Then there's the story. In the beginning, the villain is the Shinra Corporation, an electricity company that mines Mako, the life-flow of the planet, slowly corroding the world. They have their own force, SOLDIER, of which Cloud Strife is a former member. Cloud begins the game as a mercenary hired by Barrett, head of Midgar-based eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE, to blow up a number of mako reactors.
As soon as we get to know Sephiroth, everything changes. Sephiroth is a bad guy. He is also a former SOLDIER member, the most elite fighter ever to join the military, but was considered dead. Once he announces his presence, the game becomes a hunt for Sephiroth.
Combine an illustrious cast of heroes like Vincent, Tifa and Aerith with a vast world and a deep combat system, and it's easy to understand why Final Fantasy 7 has left such a lasting legacy.
One last action note: If you have not played the original, do not read its history. You will have spoiled one of the game's most famous moments.
Why do people want a remake? Thirst for a Final Fantasy 7 remake thanks to the efforts of Square Enix. The company teamed up with Sony in 2005 to tease the fans. At the E3, when Sony introduced its PlayStation 3 for the first time, this "technical demo" was shown:
These bastards showed us what Final Fantasy's intro on PlayStation 3 would look like if they had no intention of to pull it off. Imagine, George Lucas filmed a trailer for a Star Wars: A New Hope remake consistent with 2019 kinematics and cinematography, but said that it was just a demo and was not scheduled to be released , That's how Final Fantasy fans felt for 10 years. Horny and unloved. Until E3 2015.
What should I play before the remake?
If you have not played the original Final Fantasy 7 yet, you should wait here until the remake will be released on March 3, 2020.
There are a number of other Final Fantasy 7 spin-offs. These include Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7 and a movie, Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children.
Almost all of them can be skipped. Dirge of Cerberus was a poorly recorded, original-based game, and it follows Vincent, one of the two secret characters in Final Fantasy 7. Advent Children is cool in terms of video games, but it also plays after the original game it does not make much sense. That is, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 was fantastic.
It's a sequel to Zack Fair, Cloud's Mentor in SOLDIER. Playing will not spoil much of the history of Final Fantasy 7, so it's definitely worth it. The disadvantage? It is only available for PSP, so you need one of them.
You do not have to wait for your turn.
The remake will be drastically different from the original. This is immediately apparent in combat: while Final Fantasy 7 was completely turn based, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a real-time, turn-based action game.
Pressing the Square button swings Cloud's Buster Sword, and there are similar real-time Dodge and Block commands. As you fight enemies, your Action Time Bar (ATB) increases. Once you are full, you can slow the action down into tactic mode, essentially into the ball time, from which you can cast magic, use items, or trigger limit breaks.
However, it has also been pointed out that players who prefer a faster fight can avoid this by assigning them shortcuts in a menu at the bottom left of the screen, making the action more Kingdom Hearts-like.
You can also control more than just the cloud. At the push of a button, you can switch to controlling other party members, with Square Enix showing off both Barrett and Tifa at E3. At the Tokyo Game Show in September, we were also allowed to see Aerith. Apparently there will be a strategy here, as Square Enix noticed that certain characters are easier to control in order to fight certain enemies like Barrett against ranged fighters.
Take a look at a detailed demo of the fight below.
The action comes from the first section of the game in which Cloud and Barrett try to destroy a mako reactor. The fight looks similar to years ago in the Unveiling Trailer, but the menus have been updated and the character design optimized. (Cloud seems to have reached the gym.)
New Era, New History
Another major structural change from the original is to divide Final Fantasy 7 Remake into at least two parts. In 2015, producer Yoshinori Kitase said the game would be split into "several" installments, each of which will be the size of Final Fantasy 13. It seems these parts could be even bigger: Part 1, released March 2, 2020, will cover two Blu-ray Discs, Kitase said on E3.
There is not a word about when the second part will start, and Square Enix says they are still considering how many installments the story is going to tell. Based on comments by Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda, it is speculated that subsequent releases could be released on PlayStation 4 and 5.
It sounds as if the team is reproducing the hell from this game, as director Tetsuya Nomura and Kitase refer to his immense size in the few interviews they have conducted. Another clear topic: The duo is not interested in a direct remake. The changes they make do not only affect the struggle or the breadth of the world, but also history.
"I do not want the remake to end up as something purely nostalgic, I want to thrill the fans of the original version," Kitase said to Dengaki, translated by Gematsu. "We will adjust the story in the light of this thought."
Nomura added and said enigmatically, "I hope [fans of the original] can be surprised again."
At the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix dropped a trailer that told us a lot more, even though it sheds light on the gameplay. Above all, we will be introduced to the Turks again. Oh, Reno, how much we missed you.
Next showed the trailer Don Corneo, which was possibly voiced by Mark Hamill and referred to a notorious section of the original game. In Final Fantasy 7, you had to disguise yourself as a cloud woman to invade the rampant mansion of Corneo. Since the remake was announced, fans have wondered if this would make the game.
Take a look at the following TGS trailer.
What about Xbox One?
In early July, Xbox Germany announced a release date for March 3, 2020 for an Xbox One version of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Previously, it was assumed that the game is exclusive to PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, for Xbox One owners it looks like it still is.
"As previously announced, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be released on March 3, 2020 for PlayStation 4," said Square Enix representative in a statement. "We have no plans for other platforms."
A member of Xbox Germany's marketing team tweeted, "We've made an internal mistake in the social team and we immediately removed the video. Sorry, no announcement on our site."
It's certainly possible that there's an unannounced Xbox version, but it's also very likely that this was just a mistake.
Originally published on June 5, 2018 and regularly updated to track new information as announced.