This side-by-side footage of Final Fantasy VII and the game's remake will have you wishing time away between now and March 3, 2020.
We're currently living in a time where the media world is being fueled with remakes and remasters. That is extremely true of the gaming sphere. One of the best selling games of the last few years was the remaster of the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy. That was followed up with a Spyro remaster, and next week an up-to-date version of Crash Team Racing will hit the shelves.
As much as we are looking forward to CTR, the imminent release of Final Fantasy VII Remake has got us already looking past it. Square Enix first revealed that it was working on the project all the way back in 2019. Then we went almost four years with no news at all and assumed the game had been scrapped. However, now we have been flooded with info and we even have a release date.
Square Enix is touting the new FF7 as more than just a remaster. It has labeled the game an entire remake. From the footage we have seen so far, we can see why. For starters, the battle system has been completely overhauled and is very different from the turn-based system OG FF7 players will be familiar with. However, if you take a look at the tweet below, you'll see that the core of the original game is very much still there.
We don't think we have ever seen remake footage that looks so familiar yet so different at the same time. It's also a stark reminder of how far graphics have come over the course of the past 20 years. Up until now, the images of Cloud, Barrett, and Tifa we've had in our heads since the late 90s have been similar to the ones you can see on the left. Thanks to the remake, those images are now much more satisfying.
If you can't already tell, we are extremely excited about the release of FF7 Remake. Even more so now that we know when it will be released, March 3, 2020. What we still don't know is whether the whole game will be released in one go or if it will be split into chapters. Either way, we'll be happy. We see no reason why Square Enix shouldn't milk such a massive project.