Final Fantasy VII Remake: Release Date, Story, Battle System & More

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

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For far too long, Final Fantasy VII fans lamented the lack of a proper remake for their most beloved entry in the series.

Those same fans thought they’d seen signs of that remake during an E3 2005 PS3 tech demo that used Final Fantasy VII as a base. But it turns out that instance was nothing more than a tease. Fast forward to Sony’s E3 2015 press conference where that dream of an FF7 remake came true. The wait for updates about the Final Fantasy VII remake was excruciatingly long, but fans were joyous once those news tidbits hit the web. And come 2020, the very first chapter of the game will finally become available to the world.

In preparation for Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release, here’s everything you need to know about this dream project.


Final Fantasy VII Remake Release Date & Playable Platform

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Sephiroth

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The first chapter of the Final Fantasy VII Remake is set for launch on April 10, 2020. The only platform this remake will be available on is PS4. Due to the enormity of this game, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released as a two-disc package. The entirety of this remake project will be released in a similar manner to the Final Fantasy XIII series, which means it’ll be split into multiple entries.


Final Fantasy VII Remake Reveal Trailer

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Story & Characters

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Tifa

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Final Fantasy VII Remake offers a full retelling of the original game’s story. The overall plotline follows Cloud Strife, an ex-Shinra soldier who decides to align himself with an eco-terrorist faction known as “AVALANCHE.” Cloud fights alongside this group on a mission to fight against the Shinra corporation, who’s responsible for draining the planet’s spirit energy (known as the “Lifestream”).

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Aeris

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The first chapter of this remake will primarily focus on the events that take place within Midgar and feature important characters such as Cloud, Barrett Wallace, Tifa Lockheart, and Aerith Gainsborough. Based on the footage shown thus far, it seems as if Sephiroth will be seen a lot earlier than expected. But it looks as if Cloud will encounter his mortal enemy within his tortured memories and not in the physical form just yet. Final Fantasy VII Remake’s starting chapter will expand upon the story beats that mainly play out within the city of Midgar. And there’s no need to worry – the
hilarious Honey Bee Inn cross-dressing sequence will thankfully make its return.


Battle System

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Battle System

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Final Fantasy VII Remake’s battle system offers a unique mix between action-RPG mechanics and a modified version of Final Fantasy’s “Active Time Battle” system. Cloud can strike down the opposition with his massive blade, Barrett can shoot down enemies with his iconic arm machine gun, Tifa can KO the opposition with her martial arts moveset, and Aerith can land physical blows with her stave. As your character lands standard attacks, his/her’s associated ATB gauge will gradually fill up (there will be two ATB bars that can be completely filled for each character).

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Barrett

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After fully filling an ATB bar, you’ll be able to enter “Tactical Mode.” Once activated, the action slows down to a crawl and allows you to pull off special abilities, activate “Materia” magic spells, land powerful “Limit Break” attacks and utilize items. Speaking of Materia, brand new magic spells not seen in the original release will debut here. Using any of these useful maneuvers depletes one ATB bar. Thankfully, you’ll be able to switch between party members during a battle (the other characters intelligently fight on their own). In a cool nod to the original release, this remake will feature a “classic mode” that offers traditional battle mechanics that allow you to give commands to your characters as they move around on their own while the ATB gauge automatically fills.

As for Summons, each character can equip up to one Summon Materia. Once one’s Summon gauge is completely filled through the use of attacks, the summoned creature will enter the battle and go on the offensive. Through the use of ATB gauge charges, you can also command the summon monster to pull off unique attacks. It has been confirmed that Summons will only be activated during boss battles and encounters with strong foes, such as mini-bosses.


Trailers

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – PSX 2015 TrailerThey are coming back to Midgar… Mako Reactors are draining the life energy of the planet. The Shinra Corporation rules over a corrupt surveillance state. A few prosper, the rest are left to rot in the city slums of Midgar. That changes tonight. The elite mercenary and ex-SOLDIER Cloud Strife has been hired by the…2015-12-05T19:55:34.000Z

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Trailer for State of PlayKey staff from the original release have come together to bring you FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE. With its epic story, captivating characters, and cutting edge technology that defined an era, the beloved classic that won the hearts of many is finally ready to be reborn. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is a reimagining of the iconic…2019-05-09T22:12:16.000Z

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Trailer for FFVII – A Symphonic Reunion (Closed Captions)Check out the surprise trailer that was revealed to a live audience during FINAL FANTASY VII – A Symphonic Reunion, the first concert dedicated entirely to FINAL FANTASY VII. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is a reimagining of the iconic original with unforgettable characters, a mind-blowing story, and epic battles. The story of this first, standalone…2019-06-10T03:15:07.000Z

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Trailer for E3 2019 (Closed Captions)The world has fallen under the control of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a shadowy corporation controlling the planet's very life force as mako energy. In the sprawling city of Midgar, an anti-Shinra organization calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their resistance. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra's elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary,…2019-06-11T01:18:50.000Z

Final Fantasy VII Remake – Gameplay Reveal Demo | Square Enix E3 2019Watch the full gameplay reveal for Final Fantasy VII here.Tune in to see all the biggest reveals, gameplay, trailers, demos and more from Square Enix's E3 2019 press conference. For even more in-depth coverage visit: https://www.gamespot.com/e32019-06-11T01:21:30.000Z

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Tokyo Game Show 2019 Trailer (Closed Captions)The evil Shinra corporation rules the world with an iron fist and continues to spin its web of lies. Have the rebels, known as Avalanche, bitten off more than they can chew? Get your first look at Shinra’s agents, the Turks; powerful summons, Ifrit and Shiva; and much more in this trailer from Tokyo Game…2019-09-11T14:00:04.000Z

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – Abzu Battle Gameplay, TGS 2019Learn more: https://sqex.link/7it Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith battle a gargantuan sewer beast in the depths below Midgar. Watch as they unleash spectacular abilities and get your first look at the summon creature, Ifrit! This battle with Abzu premiered at Tokyo Game Show 2019. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is available to pre-order on the PlayStation Store…2019-10-02T03:03:12.000Z

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FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – Opening MovieLearn more: https://sqex.link/uo2 Watch the full FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Opening Movie right here ahead of the worldwide launch of the game on April 10, 2020. The planet's very life force is drained as Mako energy by the shadowy Shinra Electric Power Company. In the city of Midgar, a flower merchant gazes upward as a…2020-02-14T10:00:02.000Z

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Pre-Order

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Deluxe Edition

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Final Fantasy VII Remake is available in three different physical forms – Standard (sold here), Deluxe (sold here), and the “1st Class” Edition. Pre-ordering the Standard Edition of the game gets you access to the “Chocobo Chick Summon Materia” DLC. Pre-ordering the Deluxe Edition also gets you that same Summon Materia, plus a second one in the form of “Cactuar.” The Deluxe Edition also comes with the following set of items seen below:

• a physical version of the game
• an art book
• a mini-soundtrack CD
• a special Steelbook case

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Collector's Edition

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The 1st Class Edition of Final Fantasy VII Remake can only be acquired through the Square Enix Store (sold here). This massive (and expensive!) Collector’s Edition comes with the following goodies listed below:

• a physical version of the game
• the Play Arts Kai Cloud Strife & Hardy Daytona box set figurine
• an art book
• a mini-soundtrack CD
• a special Steelbook case
• the Cactuar Summon Materia DLC pre-order bonus
• the Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC pre-order bonus

Check out our review for Final Fantasy VII Remake right here.

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