Sitting in the Sony press conference at E3, there were two moments where the excitement and joy was palpable. Obviously the announcement of The Last Guardian (again) was thunderous in the hall, but when they showed the FFVII remake teaser trailer, there were almost no dry eyes in the entire arena. A new interview with game director Tetsuya Nomura gives a few more details on what to expect.
For those who might have missed the moment during the press conference that I’m referring to, as well as the teaser trailer, here it is:
Famitsu’s interview with Tetsuya Nomura (thanks Gematsu for translation) starts by making me think I’m going to need to unhinge my mandible for an even more jaw-dropping experience.
We’re using part of that video in the game. We’re going to raise the quality even more.
Even more? Wow! That’s definitely going to use the full capacity of my PS4, and I’m excited for it. For the PC gaming and Xbox gaming Final Fantasy fans among you, be aware that they aren’t talking about bringing the remake to your platforms yet. All they’re saying is that it’s coming first to PlayStation 4. While it’s pretty safe to assume that it will eventually also be released on PC and possibly Xbox One as well, don’t expect to hear about that for a while.
We know this isn’t an HD update, it’s an entire remake of the game. That said, Nomura assures fans that there won’t be new characters, but that visuals will be made to match today’s visuals and appear closer to reality. So how will this affect gameplay?
I can’t share details, but we’re changing it to a more realistic system.
I know purists might not be happy about this, but I’m overjoyed. I haven’t replayed FFVII in years – not since moving on from my original PlayStation days. To be able to play it again in as a more modern experience? Just thinking about it makes me ready to cry all over again. No, I don’t think FFVII is the best Final Fantasy game ever made, but this remake might elevate it to that level.
Last Updated: June 24, 2015
June 24, 2015 at 08:04
Maaaan, hopefully the ‘hardcore’ fans don’t cry too much about the changes in this game. My only request is that they keep the battle system turn-based or at least make it some derivative of it. Gah, how good is it right now to be a JRPG fan and to think that SquareEnix is leading the charge…