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Final Fantasy VII Remake is now entirely action based, taking cover is optional

by Ron Duwell | March 8, 2017March 8, 2017 8:00 am PST

There is an old saying in Hollywood that one should show, not tell. Square Enix clearly didn’t learn this lesson when it comes to promoting Final Fantasy VII Remake. Director Tetsuya Nomura is once again talking about his game, but not a second of footage can be found everywhere.

His latest comments come through Famitsu in response to a controversial screenshot that shows Cloud taking cover from enemy fire. Fans feared that the game would either be cut and pasted directly from Final Fantasy XV or completely action-based, Nomura confirmed the latter.

Because there was an imperfection in the interpretation of an interview we did at the site [of MAGIC 2017], I will explain here.

Battles are not command-based, they’re action-based. Regarding cover actions, there are places where they can be done on the map, but they are not required. Because it’s seamless, I showed that there can be actions in response to various scenes.

The Guard Scorpion battle has map destruction and a great number of attacks that weren’t in the original, so it has become a significantly flashy battle. If you look closely, I think that you can see that there are a number of missiles are coming down.

Put those pitchforks and buster swords away, please!

Relax. We’ve known about the nature of Final Fantasy VII Remake for some time now, so this is nothing new. It’s almost cute how often Square Enix has had to say this without actually showing off the game.

We’ve pointed out many times before that expectations are going to have to be altered for this to work in the modern world. As much as I love a classically stylized JRPG with menus and battles, it just doesn’t work in HD like it did back in the Super Nintendo and PlayStation days. The barrier for what your imagination expects such high-quality characters to do is too much to break.

It’s a new world, and we have to evolve with it. The original Final Fantasy VII is still perfectly playable if that’s the kind of experience you’re looking for.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on the PlayStation 4 first, but no date has been set yet. It will be episodic in its content.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...