Yesterday, Sony officially lifted the veil on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake from Square Enix. But why is Final Fantasy 7 finally being remade such a big deal? This is a game that many gamers who grew up playing as their first foray into 3D Japanese role-playing games (JRPG).
Many fans are still burned from initial technical demo shown back when the PS3 was announced in 2005. This was supposed to be the remake everyone was looking for, but Square Enix was non-committal, though every year fans would clamor for a Final Fantasy 7 Remake from Square. Not a simple port, but a true remaster of the old game.
Square Enix mentioned that if they were to do a Final Fantasy 7 remake, it would need to be done correctly, via an Eurogamer interview.
“But should I ever take it on, it would have to be the biggest project I’ve done. My life work. So I would have to be as highly motivated as that to end up with something I’m very happy with. It’s a huge thing for me.”
So why is the Final Fantasy 7 Remake such a big deal to fans? It’s one of those games that truly changed the face of what a JPRG is back in the early days of the original PlayStation. Eighteen years after its initial launch, we as gamers take for granted the fact that many RPGs nowadays are presented in full 3D. However, Final Fantasy VII was one of the first games to do this. Ground-breaking graphics for its time, coupled with an immense story and world to explore — Final Fantasy 7 set the bar for many RPGs to come.
The nostalgia factor is a strong reason to make this game. By building from the ground up, Final Fantasy VII Remake will feel like an entirely new game. While it’s unclear what engine the game will run on (though it wouldn’t be surprising if Square uses the Luminous Engine), one thing is for certain — the Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a game the team works painstakingly hard on to make the game look as beautiful as it possibly can.
This will give younger players a chance to experience a formative game in a lot of their parents lives. As a parent myself, I cannot wait to show my daughter a game I played as a teenager that really changed how I looked at video games. No longer was the game about moving from one side of the screen to another, but a real, tangible story was involved. I felt for all the characters in this game, and I would love to show my daughter that same thing down the road.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake likely isn’t coming for a while, but fans can rest assured that when it does release, Square will have worked as hard as they possibly good to please the millions of fans looking forward to this title.
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