Cloud in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

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For over a decade, Final Fantasy 7 Remake was an enigma. Now, the sport is simply days away from hitting retailer cabinets. What a time to be alive.

The sport’s announcement at E3 2015 was adopted by years of thriller. But we now know lots about Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Square Enix confirmed the sport off correctly for the primary time at E3 2019, and we have since been handled to an everyday drip of latest info and teasing trailers. But we nonetheless have loads of unanswered questions.

If you are catching up from full ignorance, this is a fast abstract:

  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a multipart mission. The instalments might be launched individually.
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake half one hits the PlayStation Four on April 10, 2020. 
  • It’s a PlayStation Four unique for one yr. 
  • The first half will happen totally in Midgar, and can take up two Blu-ray discs. 
  • The new fight system combines real-time and turn-based parts.
  • The sport might be considerably totally different from the unique, together with story factors and new characters.
  • Reviews for Remake are out, and so they’re overwhelmingly optimistic. Read CNET’s here.

If you’ve got by no means performed the unique or weren’t round on the time of its 1997 launch, it’s possible you’ll be asking…

What’s the take care of Final Fantasy 7? 

Final Fantasy is essentially the most well-known RPG franchise ever, and seven is essentially the most well-known Final Fantasy ever. It’s bought 11 million models, according to creator Square Enix, making it the highest-selling sport within the franchise. For reference, 2016’s Final Fantasy 15, which was an enormous success, stands at around 8.4 million shipped. Final Fantasy was additionally a smash hit amongst critics, holding a 9.2 rating on Metacritic. Our sister website GameSpot gave it a 9.5 upon release, writing that “never before have technology, playability and narrative combined as well as in Final Fantasy 7.” 

It could seem loopy it now, however Final Fantasy 7 was a technological masterclass in 1997. Cinematic cutscenes have been modeled in full-motion video, and the blocky 3D fashions moved round in prerendered environments that blew minds on the time.


You see this? These graphics have been thoughts blowing.

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Combine its technical achievements with an illustrious solid of characters (together with heroes, like Cloud, Tifa and Vincent, in addition to considered one of gaming’s most famed villains, Sephiroth), a deep battle system and an iconic story, and it is simple to know why Final Fantasy 7 has had such a permanent legacy.  

One word although: If you have not performed the unique, do not learn up on its story. You’ll have considered one of gaming’s most well-known moments spoiled.

Why do folks desire a remake?

People clamored for a Final Fantasy 7 remake approach earlier than remakes and remasters grew to become cool.

Thirst for a Final Fantasy 7 Remake was unintentionally created by Square Enix itself. The firm teamed up with Sony in 2005 to provide followers an enormous tease: At E3, when Sony was unveiling the primary PlayStation 3 particulars, this “technical demo” was proven:

Those bastards confirmed us what Final Fantasy’s intro would appear to be on the PlayStation Three after they had no intention of pulling by. Imagine George Lucas capturing a trailer for a Star Wars: A New Hope remake, flush with 2020-level cinematics and cinematography, however saying that it was solely a demo and that no precise launch was deliberate. That’s how Final Fantasy buffs felt for 10 years: teased and unloved. Until E3 2015.

What ought to I play earlier than Remake?

If you have not performed the unique Final Fantasy 7 but, at this level, it is best to only wait till Remake hits on April 10.

There are, nonetheless, a bunch of different Final Fantasy 7 spin-offs on the market. These embody Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7, in addition to a movie, Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children.

You can skip nearly all of those. Dirge of Cerberus was a poorly acquired sport set after the unique, and follows Vincent, one of many two “secret” characters in Final Fantasy 7. Advent Children is cool, so far as online game motion pictures go, however it’s additionally set after the unique sport.

That stated, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 was fantastic. It’s a prequel that spotlights Zack Fair, a mentor to Final Fantasy 7 protagonist Cloud. Playing it will not spoil a lot of Final Fantasy 7’s story, so it is completely price doing. The draw back? It’s solely out there on PSP, so you may must have a kind of mendacity round.


Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 was nice, however it’s solely playable on PSP. Other Final Fantasy 7 spin-off titles aren’t price fussing over.

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Why was the sport delayed?

The unique launch date for Final Fantasy 7 Remake was March 3, 2020. In January, although, Square Enix introduced it would not be capable to hit that date. Instead, the sport will go on sale April 10. Square Enix pulled a similar move back in 2016 with Final Fantasy XV.

“In order to ensure we deliver a game that is in-line with our vision, and the quality that our fans who have been waiting for deserve, we have decided to move the release date to April 10, 2020,” wrote producer Yoshinori Kitase. 

“We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience. I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologize to everyone, as I know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer.”

After 15 years of ready, it appears a bit merciless would not it? But, as Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto says, “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” 

The instances, they’re a-changin’ 

Final Fantasy 7 Remake might be drastically totally different from the unique. That’s instantly evident within the fight: While Final Fantasy 7 was fully turn-based, Remake is a real-time motion sport with turn-based parts. 

Pressing the Square button will make Cloud swing his Buster Sword, and there might be comparable real-time instructions for dodging and blocking. As you battle enemies, your Action Time Bar (ATB) builds up. Once full, you’ll be able to gradual the motion right down to Tactical Mode, basically bullet time, from which you’ll solid magic, use gadgets or unleash Limit Breaks. 

However, it was additionally famous that gamers preferring faster-paced fight can eschew this by assigning shortcuts to those actions on a menu on the bottom-left on the display screen, which makes the motion extra Kingdom Hearts-esque. (Tetsuya Nomura, the person behind Kingdom Hearts, directs Remake.) 

“One of the first things we discussed about the project was how far we were going to push it in the direction of action,”producer Kitase said to CNET in a February interview. “There was a lot of debate about that. We worked out a spectrum [where] the original Final Fantasy 7 is at one end, a pure menu-based system, and Kingdom Hearts is the other end of the spectrum. We felt we had to fit somewhere in that gap between those two games.” 

You’ll be capable to management extra than simply Cloud, too. With a press of a button you’ll be able to change to controlling different celebration members. This is the place technique will are available in, because it was famous by Square Enix that sure characters are higher to manage to battle sure enemies, like Barrett in opposition to long-distance foes. 

Check an in depth demo of the fight under.

The motion is from the primary section of the sport, the place Cloud and Barrett try to destroy a Mako reactor. The fight seems to be just like the way it did within the reveal trailer all these years in the past, however menus have been up to date and character designs tweaked. (Cloud has been hitting the gymnasium, apparently.)

One different minor change is the sport’s summons. The summons themselves are comparable, it is simply that, as a result of the part of the sport that takes place in Midgar is being expanded into a complete sport itself, summons have been launched earlier within the story. Among the one’s we have seen up to now are Shiva and Ifrit, who respectively symbolize the ice and hearth parts, in addition to the Leviathan and Chocobo summons. 

New period, new story

In one other vital structural change from the unique, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is to be segmented in no less than two instalments. In 2015, Kitase stated the sport can be damaged into “multiple” instalments, every of which would be the dimension of Final Fantasy 13. It seems these elements could be even greater than that: Part one, releasing April 10, 2020, will span two Blu-ray discs.

There’s no phrase on when the second half will launch, and Square Enix says they’re nonetheless contemplating what number of instalments the story might be instructed over. There’s some hypothesis, based mostly on feedback from Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda, that subsequent elements may very well be launched on both PlayStation 4 and 5

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It sounds just like the staff is recreating the hell out of this sport, as Director Tetsuya Nomura and Kitase, within the few interviews they’ve completed, make reference to its immense scale. Another clear theme: The duo aren’t occupied with a straight remake. The modifications they’re making aren’t simply to the fight, or to the vastness of the world, however to the story as properly.

“I don’t want the remake to end as something solely nostalgic. I want to get the fans of the original version excited,” Kitase stated to Dengaki, translated by Gematsu. “We’ll be making adjustments to the story with this thought in mind.”


A very new, yet-to-be-named character was launched in the latest trailer. 

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Nomura added to this, enigmatically saying, “I hope that [fans of the original] can be surprised once again.”

The most up-to-date trailer, dropped Feb. 1, exhibits a couple of of those modifications. We see Cloud and firm battling Jenova — one thing that occurred within the unique solely after the gang left Midgar. Either this encounter is totally new or it has been moved right here from a later part. 

More importantly, the trailer introduces Roche, a brand new nemesis. Few particulars are recognized about him, however a brand new rival does make sense. If half one cannot finish with a Sephiroth battle, another person must fill these final-battle footwear. 

The trailer additionally options scenes from the (in)well-known section of Final Fantasy 7 that entails Cloud dressing as a woman to infiltrate the licentious Don Corneo’s mansion. This was a memorable a part of the unique, however some followers questioned if it will or must be included right here. We’ll discover out in April how properly Square Enix walked this tight rope. 

When will half two come out?

We do not know, and doubtless will not know till no less than a couple of months after half one is launched in April. Huge RPGs take a very long time to develop on the whole, and Square Enix is understood particularly for taking its time to shine and refine video games — therefore the aforementioned delay. 

But if it is any solace, director Tetsuya Nomura has stated the staff is already working on part two. Since the corporate might be reusing the engine and lots of the design property from half one, in principle it should not take as lengthy to develop.

In principle. Part two being launched for the PlayStation 5 would complicate issues although, as it will imply the staff growing for an entire new structure and transforming the engine Final Fantasy 7 Remake runs on. 

What about Xbox One?

No announcement of Final Fantasy 7 Remake the Xbox One or Series X has been made, however a launch on a kind of appears probably. Why? Artwork for the sport, unveiled in Dec., shows a sticker stating the sport to be a “Timed exclusive until 3/3/21.” Since March 3, 2020 was the sport’s unique launch date, it appears Sony has a one-year dibs on the sport. 

Speculation for an Xbox One version of the sport was sparked in July final yr when Xbox Germany marketed a March 3, 2020 launch date for an Xbox One model of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. 

“As previously announced, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be released for the PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020,” the Square Enix consultant would say in a press release. “We have no plans for other platforms.” (As talked about, that launch date has since been pushed again.) 

A member of Xbox Germany’s advertising and marketing staff tweeted: “We did an internal mistake in the Social Team. We took the video off immediately. Sorry, no announcement on our side. Big apologies for this.”

So it seems Xbox Germany did leap the gun — but additionally that Final Fantasy 7 Remake on a console apart from the PlayStation Four appears inevitable. 

What do critics say about Remake?

They prefer it! 

Gamespot, our sister website, gave it a rare 10/10. “Final Fantasy VII Remake is an astounding achievement,” reviewer Tamoor Hussain wrote, “the wait for its release was a long one, but in gameplay, story, characters, and music, it delivers.” 

Remake additionally obtained an ideal rating from ScreenRant, whereas GamesRadar, Easy Allies and Destructoid all gave it 9/10 (or 4.5/5, in GamesRadar’s case).

Not all reviewers have been so effusive. IGN wasn’t as scorching on the sport, scoring it a (still strong) 8/10. Electric Gaming Monthly awarded it 3 stars out of 5, saying it was dragged down an excessive amount of by filler.

I personally wrote CNET’s review of the game. We do not give video games rankings right here, however I strongly suggest Remake. It’s not excellent, however it’s exceptionally satisfying — and staggeringly stunning. 

Give me some candy field artwork!

OK! In September, Square Enix revealed by way of tweet Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s field artwork. In December, it up to date the artwork with the aforementioned exclusivity sticker. It’s dashing, and a throwback to the 1997 unique’s. Check it out under.


Lookin’ good.

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It’s Cloud, going through away from us, hoisting his Buster Sword over one shoulder as he readies himself to tackle Shinra, as represented by the looming Shinra headquarters constructing. It’ll be acquainted to anybody who owned the unique sport. 



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Keep in thoughts, it is the field artwork for half one of many sport. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2, and no matter further Parts the corporate releases, can have totally different covers. Hopefully, we can’t have to attend 14 years to see them. 

Originally printed June 5, 2018, and up to date usually to trace new info because it’s introduced.

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