Keep your eyes open for sightings of the impending horsemen of the Apocalypse, these are surely the end of days. Sony announced at their E3 press conference that there is going to be a remake of Final Fantasy VII, one of the most beloved (and for me THE most beloved) video game of all time. The announcement was made in the form of the following trailer.
Final Fantasy VII was first published by Square (now Square Enix) in 1997 for the original PlayStation and for the PC in 1998. Since its release, it has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. As the technology has improved since 1997, the game has lost its once cutting edge graphics and often fails to live up to expectations for those who return to play it after many years. This remake has the potential to refresh the experience as well as bring a younger generation into the series.
However, Sony and Square Enix, the publishers of the Final Fantasy series, have a fine line to walk. The dedicated fans of Final Fantasy VII have very high expectations, potentially too high, for this remake. Certainly the graphics will get a much needed HD overhaul, but what about the game play and the storyline? Will the Materia system be maintained? Will Cloud still be cross dressing in HD? Will there be Aerith resurrection DLC? Only time will tell how this remake meets consumer expectations.
At the end of the Sony trailer, they announced that the Final Fantasy VII remake was coming first to PlayStation 4, which suggests that the game is not a PlayStation exclusive. Based on their tradition of porting games to the PC, I expect that this will also be the case for the Final Fantasy VII remake.
There is no news yet on an expected release date, but it is clear that I need to make some changes to my living will, because if I am in a coma, I want to be kept alive with full knowledge that the hype surrounding launch day will wake me up and I be able to play this.
Square Enix has their press conference today (Tuesday) at 12PM Central Time and I would be shocked if there wasn’t more information so stay tuned for updates!
Editor’s Note: Here is the link to the Square Enix Press Conference!