The Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2019 on Saturday confirmed the news of the Final Fantasy 7 remake. Game producer Yoshinori Kitase confirmed the remake would be an action RPG.
The announcement that there would be a classic mode which replicated the original FF7 was a huge relief. When I first heard about the remake, my doubts about the turn-based combat were affirmed. Thankfully this latest news has got the hairs on my arms standing on end again!
The FF7 TGS stage show displays classic mode in the FF7 remake. Square Enix confirmed that classic mode players won’t have to worry about any action side of the combat. This makes it entirely possible to actually play a remake of the game.
In Classic Mode this aspect of gameplay is handled automatically. The player does not need to do anything and the character fights automatically, charging up their ATB Gauge
Whilst I understand technology has evolved (as has gaming) in the last 20 years, my nostalgic spider senses haven’t. I want to be able to sate my nostalgia by reliving FF7 in high definition! Whilst the pixel power of 1997 is hard to match, I am looking forward to seeing every detail of Cloud (and his hair).
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Release
I genuinely feel like I’ve been waiting for the FF7 remake release for 20 years. Oh wait, I actually have!
Final Fantasy VII was originally released on PlayStation One on 31 January 1997. FF7 is the second best selling PlayStation video game.
Development for the original FF7 game actually started in 1994. It was originally going to be developed for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).
The Final Fantasy 7 remake is due to be released on March 3rd 2020. As to whether that will be kept to or not remains to be seen.
Teasers of FF7 remake have been around forever it seems. Though there’s now concrete evidence of it happening, I will still have my doubts until there’s a copy in my hands!
Final Fantasy 7 Remake News Features
FF7 remake is going to be released across multiple stages. As we know, the first is due to land on 3 March 2020. Let’s take a look at a few of the features we already know are coming:
- Episodic: The games story will be told episodically. This was confirmed in December 2015. The first release will be based only in Midgar.
- ATB system: The new combat mechanics will allow switching characters in real time. The FF15 style approach will allow you to control the characters around the battlefield.
- Tactical mode: A slo-mo version of the combat system, giving you time to make choices and select actions. This is a middle ground between ATB and classic mode.
- Classic mode: Original turn based combat for the real die hard fans!
- Mini games: Rumours have it that there will be mini games in the FF7 remake. Be prepared for lots of button bashing.
- PS4 only: There were rumours or talk about the FF7 remake being released on Xbox One and PS4. However, it has been confirmed by Square Enix that the FF7 remake will be on PS4 only.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake on PS5
We know the release date for the FF7 remake has been pushed back several times. There were rumours initially that these delays could have been due to developers working on releasing the FF7 remake on PS5.
Square Enix’s president and CEO stated:
I believe that our teams have made it so that the game will support both the next generation and the current generation of consoles
Yosuke Matsuda told Game Informer that the FF7 remake game should be playable on both the PS4 and PS5. However, he did not confirm whether this would be through backwards compatibility play or not.
There was also no confirmation as to whether there would be a separate PS5 and Scarlett console release.
It would make sense for both Square Enix and Sony to release FF7 remake on PS5. Sales of PS5 consoles would go through the roof alongside a FF7 remake release. I guess we will have to continue to watch this space to find out more!