Square Enix is teasing us with bits and pieces of information regarding the Final Fantasy VII Remake, dangling news like Materia on a string. The latest sampling comes while fans are wondering what kind of changes the story will see, but Director Tetsuya Nomura says there is no need to worry about the cast. All of your favorite characters will remain intact, and no newcomers will mess up their chemistry.
Hopefully those dopey Advent Children antagonists stay far away.
An interview with Nomura from Famitsu confirms that your favorites like Cloud, Barrett, Cid and Tifa will all be joining together and powering through their mission with no new friendly faces. Or if you’re a weirdo like me, your favorites like Yuffie and Red XIII won’t be left behind in the dust.
“There won’t be new characters. As for the visual taste, we’re doing them to match today’s visuals and appear closer to reality.”
I think the big question remains if a certain somebody can find their way back into story this time around. Now that I think about it, is Final Fantasy VII’s most famous scene is officially spoiler territory again?
Nomura shared some other interesting information, like the gaming platform you’ll be needing to play it. Sony infamously said it was “coming first” to PlayStation 4, and many assumed that meant an Xbox One release down the line. Nomura claims that Square Enix hasn’t thought about it yet.
“You’ll be able to play it first on PlayStation 4, that’s for certain. We’re not thinking beyond that yet, so after that is undecided. Since we’re bringing out PlayStation 4 title after PlayStation 4 title, it’d be great if we can give the hardware and industry a boost.”
Pfft… and how about this little ditty regarding the RPG system?
“I can’t share details, but we’re changing it to a more realistic system.”
As realistic as two meter swords, giant yellow ostriches, lighting from your fingertips, and huge monsters crashing from the sky can get. Realistic is hardly the word I choose when thinking about Final Fantasy, but Director Hajime Tabata dropped the same lingo on Final Fantasy XV. Maybe Square Enix directors come from a different plane of existence than everyone else.
Nomura further claims a simple graphical overhaul wouldn’t do the original justice, and the graphics will far exceed what Square Enix showed at E3 2015.
“Final Fantasy VII is special, and we can’t ‘exceed’ the game by simply making the graphics nicer. That’s not a thing to be excited about.
Precisely because it’s a full remake, I want to challenge what’s fun and what’s possible now.”
More on the Final Fantasy VII Remake as it becomes available.