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Square Enix Announces Remake of Final Fantasy VII
After almost what appears to be two whole decades, fans of the Final Fantasy series – especially Final Fantasy VII – are finally having their longstanding wish come true in the form of a Final Fantasy VII remake, courtesy of Square Enix.
The company made the announcement at its E3 2015 showcase through the help of a pretty cinematic trailer which, well, really doesn’t say much about what exactly the game entails. But according to a GameSpot interview with director Tetsuya Nomura, there is a possibility that the game’s storyline would deviate slightly from that of the original, as there is already an ‘enhanced PC’ port of Final Fantasy VII for iOS and PS4 that’s slated for release this year end.
“We’ve announced an HD port version on the PlayStation 4, and then we have the remake coming to PS4,” Nomura said through a translator. “You’ll have this extremely, very, very pretty FFVII existing on the same plane. We feel that if that happens, it’s like, why have the same exact game?” he said.
“We think that if a game is on a certain platform and that platform becomes obsolete, then we’d recommend playing the new port version,” Nomura added. Apart from that, other details such as the platforms that the game will be made available on are still scarce. The only thing we have to work with for the time being, are the words ‘Play it first on PlayStation’ that appears at the end of the trailer, which indicates that the game will likely be available for other platforms like the PC and Xbox One. Square Enix hasn’t provided a release date either, only mentioning within their official press release that they have simply ‘begun production’ on the remake. As a result, the question of just how long it would take before the finished game sees the light of day is pretty much anyone’s guess at this point.