When we first found out that Final Fantasy VII was coming to the PS4 as an HD remake, people were extremely disappointed. After all the hope that came with the Final Fantasy VII PS3 tech demo from 2005, people have been clamoring for a full remake of the game in the style of the Final Fantasy: Advent Children movie. Instead, December’s PlayStation Experience event showed the original Final Fantasy VII slightly cleaned up for PS4.
It’s funny what Square Enix had up their sleeve to be played six months later. Sony scored a major coup for the PlayStation press conference at E3 with the surprise reveal of a major remake of Final Fantasy VII.
The trailer for the Final Fantasy VII remake shows some of the city of Midgar in gorgeous detail. Going back and checking out the trailer for the Final Fantasy VII sequel film, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, this cinematic game trailer tops the full-CGI movie Square Enix produced. Will that translate to the actual game? Probably not to that same level of detail but I wouldn’t be surprised if the new FFVII topped Advent Children in terms of looks.
Game director Tetsuya Nomura has said that the remake won’t be a straight graphical update. He told Dengeki Online that “we haven’t shown any gameplay yet, but since we’re updating them quite a bit, please look forward to that.” So it’s looks like some modernization of the game will be happening beyond just the graphics.
Nomura’s choice to helm the game is very good news for gamers because he’s one of Square Enix’s top hands. Nomura has been working on the Final Fantasy games since IV. For FFVII, he was credited with the character design, the creation of Limit Breaks and input into the story, including the most famous scene of the game. He also directed the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie.
There’s one last interesting tidbit of information about this game. Three years ago, then-Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada said “We’ll make a Final Fantasy VII remake once we’ve made a Final Fantasy game that exceeds the quality of Final Fantasy VII.” I guess either Final Fantasy XV is going to be the greatest Final Fantasy ever or the lure of money was too great to pass up.
And here’s the trailer for the new Final Fantasy VII remake: