Square Enix has shared a few new details on the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, confirming the game will balance action and strategy elements while aiming to display character visuals on par with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
The game’s Producer, Yoshinori Kitase, dropped the details following Sony’s press conference during the PlayStation Experience over the weekend, where he dispelled the perception among fans that the remake will be fully action-based.
“The hardware itself has evolved since the release of Final Fantasy VII, and the games are more real, and real-time based. The previous Final Fantasy VII was a command-based RPG that utilized active-time-battle. Real-time and GMC are the trends these days.
"I can’t say the new game is completely action-based, but it has more of that element and real-time than the previous game.
"However, what makes Final Fantasy and RPG different from other games is that the players have the ability to choose weapons, capabilities and magic to be strategic minded, so while the new game has more real-time element, it will also maintain that strategy building element, balancing these two factors perfectly to enhance the gaming experience.”
In terms of graphics, Kitase-san outlined the importance of rendering the game’s cast in as high details as possible, with Advent Children being the main starting point.
“The game is still in development, and we have not fully grasped all the abilities of and upgrades made to PlayStation 4. The graphics are superb on PlayStation 4, and more polygon volume is available to make it better.
"The way we harnessed the power of the PlayStation 4 was to maintain the graphic quality of characters like Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith in the movie called Advent Children in our game, and this was the starting point. So, what we’re aiming for with the Final Fantasy VII Remake is to have the same quality of these characters in real-time while playing the game, and this is only achievable with PlayStation 4.”
Final Fantasy VII Remake was showcased during Sony’s PSX 2015 press conference with a new trailer offering a look at the game in action for the first time. It later emerged that the project may be released over a period of several releases, each one offering a ‘unique experience.’ The game will be released first on PlayStation 4, with a release date yet to be determined. If you can’t wait to play it, then give the original PSOne version a go right now on PS4.