Final Fantasy 7 is one of the most well regarded videogames of all time, easily up there with the likes of Ocarina of Time and Half-Life 2.
As such, I’m sure we’re all very excited that Square Enix’s celebrated RPG is getting a super souped-up next-gen remake. But despite the fact that it was teased all the way back at E3 2015, we still don’t know much about it.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at what we do know (or suspect). Most importantly, we still don’t have a release date for the damn thing.
Common sense suggests that it’ll launch sometime in February 2017, as that marks 20 years since the release of the original. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that the remake will be ‘episodic’, meaning that it could be some time before the whole adventure is in our hands.
However, Square Enix insists that unlike Hitman or the Telltale games, these ‘episodes’ will actually be made up of ‘full scale’ RPGs. Think more a series of films than a TV boxset, and you’re thinking along the right lines.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Final Fantasy 7 will be headed to the PlayStation 4 first, with a presumed Xbox One and PC release – as well as rumblings of an appearance on the Nintendo Switch.
It’s also important to note that this is essentially more of a re-imagining than a remake. In addition to the episodic structure, the turn-based battles have been replaced by a more action heavy approach, similar to more recent Final Fantasy games.
Still, those who fear it’ll end up too far removed from the original classic can rest easy knowing that Yoshinori Kitase and Kazushige Nojima – the original writers – are back to lend their pens and brains to the remake.
As the team explained before the big E3 reveal:
We’re not able to say the details of [what’s changing] but we are bringing dramatic change to the Final Fantasy 7 remake. We are going to be bringing dramatic change, but we want to make sure it’s still recognizable as Final Fantasy 7.
So to sum up, expect a pretty major departure from the original Final Fantasy 7 that aims to stay true to the essence of the original, with action oriented combat and a slick visual overhaul.
Hopefully, we can expect the first (supposedly substantial) part of this remastered adventure early 2017 – at least on PS4.