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For over a decade, Final Fantasy 7 Remake was an enigma. Now, we're within months of the game hitting store shelves. What a journey it's been.
The game's announcement at E3 2015 was followed by years of mystery. But we now know a lot about Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Square Enix showed the game off properly for the first time at E3 2019, and we've since been treated to a regular drip of replenishing trailers. But we still have plenty of unanswered questions.
If you're catching up from complete ignorance, here's a quick summary:
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a multipart project. The installments will be released separately.
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake part one hits the PlayStation 4 on April 10, 2020.
- The first part will take place entirely in Midgar, and will take up two Blu-ray discs.
- The new combat system combines real-time and turn-based elements.
- The game will be significantly different from the original, including story points and new characters.
If you've never played the original or weren't around at the time of its 1997 release, you may be asking…
What's the deal with Final Fantasy 7?
Final Fantasy is the most famous RPG franchise ever, and 7 is the most famous Final Fantasy ever. It's sold 11 million units, according to creator Square Enix, making it the highest-selling game in the franchise. For reference, 2016's Final Fantasy 15, which was a huge success, stands at around 8.4 million shipped. Final Fantasy was also a smash hit among critics, holding a 9.2 rating on Metacritic. Our sister site GameSpot gave it a 9.5 upon release, writing that “never before have technology, playability and narrative combined as well as in Final Fantasy 7.”
It may seem crazy looking at it now, but Final Fantasy 7 was a technological masterclass in 1997. Cinematic cutscenes were modeled in full-motion video, and the blocky 3D models moved around in prerendered environments that blew minds at the time.
Combine its technical achievements with an illustrious cast of characters (including heroes, like Cloud, Tifa and Vincent, as well as one of gaming's most renowned villains, Sephiroth), a deep battle system and an iconic story, and it's easy to understand why Final Fantasy 7 has had such an enduring legacy.
One note though: If you haven't played the original, do not read up on its story. You'll have one of gaming's most famous moments spoiled.