Final Fantasy VII remake announced at E3

by June 16, 2015 4 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix have today surprised the gaming world by announcing a remake of Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 4.

Revealed during Sony’s conference at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the announcement ends a decade of rumours that started with the Final Fantasy VII Technical Demo at the same event in 2005. You can watch the trailer for the new game below.

A statement on Square Portal has confirmed that the game is being redeveloped from the ground up, unlike the many recent ports of the game, the latest of which was announced at last year’s PlayStation Experience.

Today, we’re finally able to talk about a long-awaited announcement that could even be count as a miracle amongst Final Fantasy community. After years of Final Fantasy VII fans demanding the nearly impossible to happen, they have made the impossible possible – Final Fantasy VII is getting a real remake for the new-generation consoles. We repeat: it’s not a port or a small remaster with old models, but a completely new version of the classic role-playing game which was revealed at Sony’s E3 press briefing. The game is developed in collaboration between Square Enix and Cyberconnect 2 and has been in the works for a while now – about a year and half. Earlier this year, Cyberconnect2 told Famitsu that they are working hard on creating photo-realistic RPG experience with Unreal Engine 4. It’s very likely Final Fantasy VII Remake is running on it too.

It seems the game will be a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 4, but will eventually be released on multiple “new-generation consoles”, such as as the XBox One. The trailer ended with “Play it first on PlayStation”.

Square Enix had previously stated they would only consider remaking Final Fantasy VII after they had created a new game which surpassed it in quality.

There is currently no news of a release date, but it’s probable that the game will be timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation original, which was released in 1997. That would see the game hitting the shelves in 2017.

Final Fantasy VII Remake screenshot

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  1. Dan
    #1 Dan 16 June, 2015, 02:44

    I…I’m at a loss for words.

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  2. Tash
    #2 Tash 16 June, 2015, 04:08

    Well, I’ll be Plonkers. I honestly never expected this to happen. *Sigh*. While I’m quite surprised that the Remake is actually happening, I’m also gravely disappointed that it’s not a sequel to Dirge of Cerberus the rest of the FFVII fans had been waiting for since 2006, meaning that we’ll never get to know the reason of Genesis’s return.

    I will check the sequel out, but I still demand for a sequel with Genesis returning and the return of Rufus and the Turks with Cloud and his friends!

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  3. Kung-Fu Platypus
    #3 Kung-Fu Platypus 17 June, 2015, 00:30

    Okay, maybe I was a bit prejudice on the article “Final Fantasy VII remake: Is it happening?” when I commented and said that I didn’t want a remake and wanted a sequel that came after Dirge of Cerberus. I might have been making a judgment too soon, so who knows, the remake might actually be awesome when it comes out. For the first time, I’ll actually be looking forward to it.

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    • Tash
      Tash 17 June, 2015, 06:26

      Well, you, me and alotta people who believed that the remake of the original would never come were clearly thought of the complete opposite of reality. I always thought of what the remake would look like while at the same time thought it would never happen, and to think that it always it’s actually coming, was both shocked and, well, angry, I admit.

      Too bad this will be the last FFVII game in the series, since it ends in 2 years time, or next year, and obviously they silently cancelled the future titles and crushed all hope for the remake of Before Crisis. I even took up that Player’s Survey by the company itself back in March and told them that I wanted a sequel to Dirge of Cerberus 6 times, but obviously, that survey was a complete fake.

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