Speaking during an interview with Dengeki PlayStation (via HCG), Final Fantasy 7 Remake director Tetsuya Nomura discussed some of the reasoning behind revamping the battle system in the upcoming PlayStation 4 RPG.
While Nomura-san acknowledged that many gamers would like to see a return of the classic battle system seen in the original version of the game, the team instead decided to progress in a more action-specific direction. However, he advised fans not to worry about this new system.
“We’ve heard a lot of Final Fantasy VII fans also say that they want to play the game with the original ATB style, but for the remake we’re proceeding toward an action-heavy style. Of course, we’ve added systems that future fans will be able to enjoy, so people who are bad at action-style battles, please don’t worry. For those who excel at action-style battles, we’re working to make this a system that’s different than what you’ve used before and can still enjoy. Recently, we checked the Guard Scorpion at the beginning of the game, and I think you’ll be satisfied with the realism you’ll feel there.”
He went on to say that the battle system will be shown in more detail the next time the game is shown off, although when that will be is anyone’s guess.
Elsewhere, Nomura-san hinted that fans can expect something for the upcoming 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy 7 in 2017, which also marks the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts. Perhaps we’ll finally get a release date?
“Like with the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, I’m thinking I’d like to plan something or other. It’s just that, since we’ve been keeping busy with productions, including the game World of Final Fantasy that I showcased today, I don’t think I will be able to share any new news until after things calm down.”
Final Fantasy 7 Remake release date still to be decided
Final Fantasy 7 Remake was announced at E3 2015 during Sony’s press conference, and later turned up at the PlayStation Experience in December the same year. Unlike the CG debut trailer however, this time Sony showcased actual gameplay footage of the hotly anticipated title. Despite this, no release date has been confirmed at present.
Square Enix previously confirmed the controversial decision to split Final Fantasy 7 Remake into multiple parts, suggesting it wouldn’t be possible to remake the game as a single release. The game will also include new areas not featured in the original game, and shed more light on characters such as Biggs, Jessie, and Wedge.