The episodic format is something that gaming developers are embracing more and more these days, as it not only allows them to get games out earlier but also make more money. It looks like Square Enix could be looking to get in on that action with the release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, as word from the PlayStation Experience reveals it will not release as a single game.
Square Enix has gone on record saying that Final Fantasy VII Remake will release as a multi-part series, with each part being a unique experience. There was no other information beyond that that was revealed, but it’s pretty self-explanatory so I guess it really isn’t needed. I’m hoping it doesn’t mean that the game is essentially going to become Final Fantasy VII Remake: A Telltale Games Series, but who knows these days.
Final Fantasy VII Remake still has no release window, though Final Fantasy XV will be releasing sometime next year.
The biggest reveal that this year’s PlayStation Experience was gameplay for the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake, where thousands of fans got to witness how the game plays for the very first time.
Square Enix has assured fans several times that this wasn’t going to be a straight remake, with many changes being made to the core experience to update for the modern age while also staying true to the game’s roots. The gameplay trailer has definitely exemplified that vision, as there are definitely some big changes on hand. We have altered character appearances, a different control scheme, a combat system that now looks similar to Final Fantasy XV… and Barret rocking shades.
Personally, I think it’s looking pretty solid so far, though obviously there are still a lot of questions to be answered. How much of the hardcore RPG mechanics will remain in the game and how much will be replaced by the more streamlined action RPGs that are more common today? I’m hoping that they can successfully blend the best of both worlds, as even though turn-based combat is old hat now there was still something really fun about it that I really miss.
There is still no release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake as Square Enix is still relatively early into the development of the game, but I wouldn’t expect it anytime before 2017. Remember, the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV is still on the horizon and we don’t even have an official release date for *that* yet.
The Final Fantasy VII remake is in the very early stages of development, with the team still trying to grasp what direction they are going to take it in. Producer Yoshinori Kitase shared some thoughts on the early stages of the development process, where they’re trying to toe the line of delivering something new without alienating the fanbase.
Kitase said the following:
“We’re starting to see the visual direction. On the other hand, we’re currently working out the battle system and such through trial-and-error. Since there’s a possibility that the command battle system of the old days might not work today, we’re thinking hard about what kind of direction we can take it. Normally, when you do a remake, it becomes somewhere along the lines of a familiar action RPG, so we’re looking at how we can put out something like Final Fantasy VII while still surprising players.”
You can definitely tell that the devs are still in the very early stages of creating this game, which kind of has me thinking that we won’t be seeing much more of it for a while. I know a lot of people are expecting a big blow out of information later this year, but if they’re *just* “starting to see the visual direction” I wouldn’t hold my breath for that.
This night just keeps getting better. Sony has revealed at their E3 press conference that the beloved Final Fantasy VII will be remade for PlayStation 4.
While we didn’t get any information in terms of a release date (or even a release window!), just the fact that this thing is actually happening is great news. Out of all the Final Fantasy games Final Fantasy VII is definitely the one that needs to be remade the most, not because it’s the most deserving but because those blocky character models haven’t aged well.
Oh, and seeing how freaking’ great the characters looked in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children always had me wishing that a remake would happen with those kinds of graphics… and it is!
Check out the trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake directly below. The game is coming first to PlayStation 4, meaning that it will not be an exclusive. Seeing as the series has gone multiplatform, though, I guess it’s to be expected.