Final Fantasy VII Remake

It feels like every gamer over twenty-five is equally terrified and excited for the Final Fantasy VII Remake. In theory we are totally on board and can’t wait to experience the wonders again under the remake banner. In practice we’ve been scared to death by how sacrilegious it is for even Square Enix to revisit such a bona fide classic.

Finally you can probably pick one side of the fence tentatively as Square Enix have now released some details.

Argh! I Can’t Bare it!

Okay, game director Tetsuya Nomura spoke to Famitsu and that was translated by Gematsu. He’s the guy who broke my heart saying FFVII remake wouldn’t be turn-based. He gave some clarity to the screenshots that have recently appeared. Those in question show Cloud using cover in combat.

Cloud using cover to evade gunfire

Here is what he said in his own (translated) words.

“In the story, in situations where you’re sneaking around, you won’t just be able to march down the middle of the path. The original version had random encounters, and such parts were in the realm of imagination, but since this title is seamless and you see the path that you’re infiltrating, I decided it was necessary for the sake of realism.”

It may be necessary for realism but it isn’t necessary for authenticity so colour me sceptical. The cover can even be used a la FPS games and stealth games. You can avoid encounters by successfully hiding. Or you can use cover to throw a grenade at the enemy.

Second Screenshot

That brings us onto the second Final Fantasy VII Remake screenshot. It’s an iconic battle with the Guard Scorpion. Nomura explains that the large battlefield allows players to switch between Cloud and Barret. “For example, when there’s an enemy in a position that can’t be reached by Cloud’s sword, it’s more effective to switch to Barret. It’s becoming strategic in that way, as well… It’s become a significantly flashy battle”.

Guard scorpion battle in Final Fantasy VII Remake

In other “flashy” touches there will be destroyable objects and something that avid fans of the series will be familiar with. Enemies will be able to be taken down in parts to add some element of strategy.

If You’re Still On-Board…

I find myself more trepidatious than I was prior to the screenshots but if you can’t wait to get your hands on then here’s the details. Final Fantasy VII Remake will be sold in an episodic format. The director is notoriously bad at keeping to schedules which somewhat explains the lack of a firm release date. Nevertheless it is expected to launch on PS4 before other formats and I predict an early 2018 release for the first episode.