The Remake is a retelling of the original Final Fantasy VII with updated graphics and a new battle system. While the original game featured turn-based battles and speech was only conveyed through text, the Remake will feature real-time battles and voice acting.
Final Fantasy VII (the original game) first appeared on PlayStation and PC and continues to be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 1, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable, PC, Mac, iOS and Android. It is seen by many, including myself, as both the best RPG and best videogame ever.
The FF7 Remake is now estimated to release some time from 2019-2021. Square Enix has moved game development completely in-house.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake is currently only announced for PlayStation 4.
The game features a number of changes from the original. Apart from vastly improved graphics based on the Unreal Engine 4, the FF7 Remake will also feature some type of real time battle system expected to be similar to Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy XV, other RPGs from Square Enix.
One change which will likely be welcomed by most is that the game won't feature random battles - combat will be seamlessly integrated into the gameplay.
The game will be released in episodes, with each episode expected to be a massive full-scale game in its own right.
It seems very likely that eventually the game will also release on PC and Xbox, as well as iOS and Android once those platforms become powerful enough. Square Enix is going to want it to be as big as possible...
There had been hints dropped that we would be hearing more about FF7 Remake at E3 2018. However, the game didn't appear in Square Enix's exhibition, which stirred up some internet controversy. Square Enix has since said they probably announced the game too early (summer 2015), creating unrealistic expectations.
The FF7 Remake isn't simply going to be a direct remake of the game with better graphics. It's expected there will be a certain degree of 'reimagining', and there is also speculation elements from the Final Fantasy VII Compilation (such as Crisis Core) may make their way into the game. However, from footage released up to now, I personally am satisfied that the Remake seems to be staying true to the original FF7. Let's see.
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