Nostalgia, familiar faces, and recognizable places; the scenes revealed today by Square Enix in the latest Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer are full of them. A soundtrack re-imagined by the original FFVII Composer Nobuo Uematsu, paired with film-like fidelity achieved through the newest iteration of Unreal Engine 4, have brought this game to life like never before. Spoiler Alert, but this is definitely the trailer the world needed to get fully prepared for Final Fantasy VII Remake.
The trailer features moments many players will recognize from the game. Quotes, special character teases, even a side-mission which felt like a choose-your-own-adventure at the time (where one option sees Cloud dress up as a girl to sneak into Don Corneo’s mansion). The game’s original release was back in 1997 on January 31st, exactly 23 years ago today exclusively to the PlayStation.
Some of the most important story elements are shown in this trailer. However, the original game is 40+ hours when played at a casual, enjoyable pace and with exploration / side missions as part of the experience. The new release will see a hybrid of live action battles and turn based gameplay with episodic releases said to be multiple discs per episode. This first episode should cover most of what goes in within Midgar itself, setting the stage for tons of gameplay, story, and all of the nuance which made the original what it is remembered as today.
For those who don’t know, Final Fantasy VII was a game which dabbled in such topics as genetic manipulation, doomsday meteor events, corrupt governments, a living breathing world with all of the finer points accessible to players (breeding Chocobos, gambling, arcade games, massive amounts of missable side content to reward those who dive in blind. The trailer also shows off the game’s new theme song, Aerith’s larger role in the title’s first episode, and the English voice acting cast as well as their audio content. It has surely made a strong impression with fans as well.
Dev / Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: April 10, 2020
Platform: PlayStation 4
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