Everything we know about ‘Final Fantasy VII Remake,’ the gorgeous new game that’s been rebuilt from the ground up

  • Square Enix has recreated the 1997 classic “Final Fantasy VII” from the ground up, with brand-new visuals and a completely different style of gameplay.
  • After more than three years of development, Square Enix is finally sharing details on what players can expect from the game, which is officially titled “Final Fantasy VII Remake.”
  • “Final Fantasy VII Remake” will be released in an episodic format, meaning players won’t be able to experience the full story of the original when the first episode drops on April 10, 2020.
  • The game looks beautiful so far and Square Enix has added tons of cinematic flair to the game’s memorable story.
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“Final Fantasy VII” is one of the most celebrated video games of all-time, having influenced countless role-playing games and inspired a string of spin-off movies, books, and games.

Now, more than 20 years after the game was released for the original Sony PlayStation, Square Enix is completely rebuilding “Final Fantasy VII” for a new generation.

“Final Fantasy VII Remake” will be a multi-part reimagining of the game with gorgeous new graphics, a completely new combat system, and greater emphasis on cinematic storytelling. 

Back in 1997, the original “Final Fantasy VII” boasted state-of-the-art 3D graphics and more than 50 hours of gameplay spread across three CDs. “Final Fantasy VII Remake” looks to be just as massive — so massive, in fact, that Square Enix is breaking the game into separate chapters.

The first chapter of “Final Fantasy VII Remake” is set in the sprawling city of Midgar. Players spent roughly eight hours in the city during the original “Final Fantasy VII,” but Square Enix says the new version of Midgar is big enough to be its own game. Ultimately, Square expects the first chapter of “Final Fantasy VII Remake” to fill two Blu-Ray discs, a rare feat for any modern game or movie.

“Final Fantasy VII Remake” will launch for the PlayStation 4 on April 10, 2020. Here’s what we know so far:

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