The upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake on PlayStation 4 is being powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, Square Enix’s Yoshinori Kitase has revealed.
“We realize how special Final Fantasy VII is to fans, and we place our trust in Unreal Engine 4 technology and tools to help deliver this long-awaited remake, crafted for modern platforms,” said Kitase-san. “Working with the team at Epic and having their support throughout this process was invaluable and we’re excited to bring the product of that collaboration to long-time fans and newcomers to the series."
“We’re humbled that Square Enix has chosen Unreal Engine 4 to recreate one of the world’s most beloved video games of all time. It is a joy to work with the talented developers behind the franchise, and this marks an unforgettable moment in Unreal Engine history," added Taka Kawasaki of Epic Games Japan.
Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released first on PS4, although a release date has yet to be confirmed. The game will launch as a multi-part series, a decision that Square Enix has said is down to the fact it’s the only way to recreate the original RPG without summarising various elements in the game. In addition, the team are hoping to replicate the visual look of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children in regards to the quality of the in-game character models. Check out the latest trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake, which offers a glimpse at the game in action for the first time.
Sony announced the remake during its E3 2015 press conference after years of rumors on the subject of a next-generation overhaul of the much-loved PSOne classic. Although the game will attempt to remain faithful to the source material, Square Enix is updating some of its mechanics for modern audiences, including a more action-based combat system.