Since Sony announced at E3 in 2015 that Square Enix was creating a remake of the PlayStation classic Final Fantasy VII from the ground up, fans have been clamoring for more info. With nothing to go on but a small trailer, PlayStation 4 owners have been eagerly waiting for more information about the highly-anticipated game. For its second State of Play presentation, Sony saved the best for last and unveiled a new teaser trailer for FFVII Remake to close things out with a with one hell of a mic drop.
No, we don’t have a release date yet, but Square Enix does state at the end of the clip we will know more information about the PlayStation 4 and possible PlayStation 5 port come June. We also get to see more of the game in action, and it looks absolutely stunning—using the iconic moment that features the mercenary and reluctant hero Cloud Strife and Barret, leader of eco-terrorist group Avalanche, as they embark on their mission to take down Shinra’s Mako Reactors located in Midgar.
While we don’t get a glimpse of Cloud and Barret using materia or summons with the games improved graphics, we do get to see the new action-based battle system. Fans were also delighted to see Aerith (Aeris in the U.S. version) make an appearance, as well as the game’s main antagonist, Sephiroth. But with the sight of both those characters, Final Fantasy VII fans quickly remembered Aeris’ tragic death which is considered to be one of the most potent moments in video game history. Anyone who played the game more than likely shed a tear watching the beloved character suffer a surprising fade while praying to save the world.
A thug tear just came out watching that all over again. While there is plenty to be happy about surrounding the games future release, most fans are a bit upset to learn that game will be episodic and not released as a full experience. Square Enix confirmed this stating:
“For Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is being reborn on PlayStation 4, there is a lot of content to review for a full remake, and production is underway as multiple parts.”
The company explained its reasoning for going the episodic route, claiming it did not want to cut any content while adding some new experiences to the game. Basically, they just want to get the game in our hands as soon as possible without having to sacrifice quality while being able to add tweaks to ensure balance.
While we don’t know exactly when to expect episode 1 of Final Fantasy VII Remake, we wouldn’t be shocked if it releases this year, and possibly late summer. Whatever the case, we are just excited to hear news about the game at all. Step into the reimagined world of FFVII below.