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In the last few weeks Square Enix has released new pieces of concept art of Final Fantasy VII Remake. With the concept art images, they also released a screenshot how it will look in-game.

 

The first one is Midgar Sector 1, showing the Mako Reactor in the background.

Final Fantasy VII Remake artwork  Final Fantasy VII Remake screenshot

The second one is Midgar Sector 1 train station.

Final Fantasy VII Remake artwork  Final Fantasy VII Remake screenshot

The last one is the inside of the Shinra Building.

Final Fantasy VII Remake artwork  Final Fantasy VII Remake screenshot

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on 3 March 2020 on PlayStation 4.

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Yoshinori Kitase, producer of Final Fantasy VII Remake has posted an article on the official website with an overview of the Final Fantasy VII Remake project:

Final Fantasy VII Remake is a reimagining of the iconic original game that goes much deeper into the world and characters of Final Fantasy VII than ever before.

Our goal with this project is to rebuild Final Fantasy VII for a new era. We’re not making a straight 1:1 copy or a simple remaster of the original game.

It’s a huge volume of work and data to re-imagine this world. Each game in the project will have a volume of content comparable to a standalone Final Fantasy. The disc version of the first game is actually a 2 Blu-Ray Disc set. This approach allows us to Remake the original without having to scale back on everything players loved.

While the development team finish the first game in the project, we are continuing to plan and outline the overall volume of content for the second.

Due to the work already done on the first game we anticipate development of the second game to be more efficient. We have our own internal schedule and plan, but for now we’d like to focus our information on the first game in the project.

The key creative values of the core Final Fantasy series are innovation, pushing boundaries and surprising players, this project shares these same values and the development team view it as the next mainline Final Fantasy release.

For the original core members of the development team, simply recreating the original game with improved graphics wasn’t enough to get us invested and excited about remaking VII. To return, we want to go beyond the original, telling a deeper story and providing a modern gaming experience. We really want to go above and beyond what is expected of a Remake.

As well as some of the core members of the original development team, we also have a dedicated in-house team of international gaming talent. Many of our new team members were young fans who played the original VII when it was first released. It’s very exciting and exhilarating to work with this talented team on such an ambitious project.

The first game in the project takes place in the eclectic city of Midgar, we chose to focus on Midgar as it best represents the world of VII as a location more than any other. Midgar is full of imagination with myriad influences and surprises around every corner.

While many people may think that Midgar is very dark at first glance, we have a design aesthetic where the city has strong elements of colour and variety. The lighting and colouring we are using throughout Midgar accentuate what is unique about Final Fantasy VII’s world. We decided not to use a photo-realistic approach with the design, but instead something more stylised, honouring the artistic designs and choices of the original.

A lot has changed since the release of the original Final Fantasy VII. Back then we didn’t have access to things like voice acting, performance and motion capture, or close-up cameras outside of cut-scenes. For Final Fantasy VII Remake there’s a greater emphasis on character storytelling through the use of these techniques as well as some other new tech. This allows us to make these characters more expressive than ever, enhancing the levels of immersion and enjoyment through performance.

In Remake we are giving voice to the original Final Fantasy VII for the first time. By bringing in a new generation of actors, we hope to provide the best experience for original fans and new players.

For the gameplay, we are aiming to create a new take on classic concepts with an accessible evolution of the ATB system giving you greater action with tactical control.

The system we’ve created retains the strategic decisions of controlling multiple party members, allowing you to select from a wide range of abilities and spells. You can control your favourite character while issuing orders to others, or leave them to AI. And choose when to switch to a different party member to make best use of their unique abilities in battle. This allows all players to choose and enjoy your favourite way of playing.

Finally, yes we still have Materia. You can use it to tailor your play style and abilities.

We’ll go into greater detail on lots more gameplay elements as we get closer to the release next year. For now, I hope you are all excited by what we revealed at E3 and we look forward to sharing more news and updates with you across the year ahead.

Yoshinori Kitase

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Last night Square Enix held their E3 2019 presentation where they promised to reveal more information about Final Fantasy VII Remake. Well, we got information, gameplay footage and an extended trailer.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is a re-imagining of the original game from 1997 and is the first game in the project taking place in the eclectic city of Midgar covered over two blu-ray disks. In the press release Square Enix also revealed the voice cast of the game.

  • Cloud, voiced by Cody Christian (All American, Teen Wolf)
  • Barret, voiced by John Eric Bentley (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Independence Day: Resurgence)
  • Aerith, voiced by Briana White (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Occupants)
  • Tifa, voiced by Britt Baron (GLOW)
  • Jessie, voiced by Erica Lindbeck (Spider-Man, Persona 5, ThunderCats Roar)
  • Biggs, voiced by Gideon Emery (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Teen Wolf)
  • Wedge, voiced by Matt Jones (Breaking Bad)
  • Sephiroth, voiced by Tyler Hoechlin

After the information the battle system was explained. Final Fantasy VII Remake features a real-time battle system combined with strategic command-based combat. With the Square button the player can hack-a-slash their way through enemies. But there's a ATB gauge, which fills up when standard attacks are executed correctly. When the ATB bar is full the player enters Tactical Mode where they can perform abilities, cast spells or use items. Players can switch between characters and bound abilities and spells to shortcuts. When enemies are hit a Focus gauge fills up. When the gauge is full, the enemy is staggered and you'll deal bonus damage (like in Final Fantasy XIII).

After the introduction to the battle system footage was shown of Cloud and Barret fighting against Scorpion Sentinel (Guard Scorpion in the original).

At the Square Enix's E3 booth the demo of Final Fantasy VII Remake can be played. They didn't say which part of the game can be played.

At the end of the Final Fantasy VII Remake presentation the extended trailer was revealed to the public, which you can watch below. Various scenes are shown, like the motorbike chase and the detailed city of Midgar. Tifa's character design has finally been revealed in this trailer showing her with Marlene. At the end we also got a glimpse of Sephiroth in a flashback of Cloud.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be available in three versions; Standard, Deluxe and 1st Class Edition.

The Deluxe Edition contains a hardback art book featuring stunning concept art, a Mini-Soundtrack CD, Summon Materia DLC allowing players to summon Cactuar in game, and a Sephiroth SteelBook Case. The Digital Deluxe Edition contains a digital art book, a digital Mini-Soundtrack, and Summon Materia DLC allowing players to summon Carbuncle and Cactuar in game.

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The 1st Class Edition includes all Deluxe Edition content, the Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC, as well as a Play Arts Kai Cloud Strife and Hardy Daytona box set (bundled separately). This edition can only be ordered at the Square Enix Store for $329.99 / € 299.99 ! (yeah, that's a lot of money).

Final Fantasy VII Remake 1st Class Edition

Click here to watch Square Enix Live E3 2019 presentation. Also check out the official website at ffvii-remake.com.

Final Fantasy VII

Yesterday another concert was held in Los Angeles, Final Fantasy VII A Symphonic Reunion, the first concert dedicated to Final Fantasy VII. After the concert a surprise trailer was shown of Final Fantasy VII Remake with the release date of 3 March 2020.

The trailer, which you can watch below, contains new gameplay footage and scenes takes place in Midgar. At the end a scene with Cloud and Aeris is shown were Aeris screms for help from Cloud and a dark fog appears around them.

Square Enix also released new key art the game showiing Sephiroth, set against a burning Midgar skyline.

Final Fantasy VII Remake key art

More information Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released during Square Enix Live today at 18:00 PT / 02:00 BST.

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On Friday Square Enix has announced on Twitter that they have released patch 1.01 for the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One version of Final Fantasy VII which fixes a very old audio bug.

The audio bug caused the background music to restart after each battle. This bug was introduced in the iOS version that was developed by D4 Enterprise and released on 19 August 2015. The PlayStation 4 version, that was developed by DotEmu and released on 5 December 2015, also contained this bug. Both versions have never been patched, which makes this decision strange. Square Enix should patch these versions too to reduce the differences between versions.

All ports of Final Fantasy IX also containes the same bug.

Another bug that was patched is the black screen before and after a FMV cutscene.

Final Fantasy VII can be played on PlayStation, PC, iOS devices, Android devices, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy VII

During last night's State of Play presentation from Sony a new trailer of Final Fantasy VII Remake has been revealed. It is the first trailer in over three years.

In this one minute during trailer new gameplay footage was shown of the early stages in the game in Midgar where we are introduced to AVALANCHE. We also see the scene were Aerith gives Cloud a flower. At the end a glimpse of Sephiroth is shown.

At the end of the trailer the text "More to come in June" is shown. Most likely Square Enix will reveal more footage of the game during the E3 2019, which starts on 11 June.

Final Fantasy VII

A remake of Final Fantasy VII is currently in development. In the meantime Square Enix has ported the original game to several systems. Now the game is available for Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

Check out the press release from Square Enix and the launch trailer below.

In FINAL FANTASY VII, the world has fallen under the dominion of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a sinister corporation that has monopolized the planet's life force as Mako energy. Players will follow the story of the powerful ex-SOLDIER turned mercenary, Cloud, in an attempt to save the world from destruction, alongside the anti-Shinra resistance group Avalanche. Using innovative character customization options to create fun and interesting combinations of their favorite party members, players can fight to save the planet and discover the truth about Cloud’s mysterious past.
 
FINAL FANTASY VII on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One includes the following enhancements:

  • 3x speed mode
  • An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story event battles.
  • A Max Stats command that enables players to become all-powerful in the blink of an eye.

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy XII will be released on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2019. It is the first time these Final Fantasy titles will be available on Microsoft and Nintendo consoles.

Final Fantasy VII was released back in 1997 on the original PlayStation and was the first title not to be released on a Nintendo console. In 2015 the PlayStation 4 version was released which is a port from the PC version. Most likely the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch version will be based on that version.

Final Fantasy IX was released back in 2000, the last Final Fantasy on the original PlayStation. In 2017 the PlayStation 4 version was released which is a port from the PC version released in 2016. Most likely the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch version will be based on that version.

Final Fantasy X was released back in 2001 on the PlayStation 2 with its sequel Final Fantasy X-2 in 2003. Both games got a HD remaster (Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster) in 2013 on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In 2015 a PlayStation 4 version was released and in 2016 the PC version.

Final Fantasy XII was released back in 2006, the last Final Fantasy on the PlayStation 2. In 2017 the game got a HD remaster called Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on PlayStation 4. In February 2018 the PC version was released.

Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X-2 and XII coming to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

But where's Final Fantasy VIII?

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In Monaco a manga, comics, animation, video games and pop culture event was held today called MAGIC (Monaco Anime Game International Conferences). Guest at the event was Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Final Fantasy VII remake and Kingdom Hearts III. During his session he revealed two new screenshots of Final Fantasy VII remake.

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The first screenshot shows Cloud hiding after a crate while a soldier is shoting at him. The second screenshot shows the first boss of the original game, Guard Scorpion.

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Merchoid, a video game merchandise webshop, has announced that Final Fantasy VII will get a Monopoly version. It will be released on 14 April 2017, 20 years after the release of the original game on PlayStation.

Jessica Adams, community manager at Merchoid, said the following:

It's every family's favourite board game in a Final Fantasy 7 theme, so it will feature Cloud, Aeris, Sephiroth and all your favourite characters and locations. Whether your plans are to buy housing for the people or build a Mako reactor plant, you'll soon discover the real nature of Sephiroth's evil is the extortionate amount of rent he charges.

Final Fantasy VII Monopoly

You can preorder the board game at Merchoid for $49.99 /  €51.99 / £34.99. However, the link now returns a 404 - Not Found. Is it a fake?

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