Fans have been asking for Final Fantasy VII to be remade ever since Sony showed off that beautiful tech demo for the PlayStation 3 in May 2005. Mere months after that tech demo, Square Enix released the cinematic film sequel, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. From there the “Compilation of Final Fantasy VII” exploded, spawning prequels, sequels, and other spin-offs including Before Crisis – which never made its way west, Crisis Core on the PSP and Dirge of Cerberus on PS2, all receiving decidedly lukewarm receptions.
None of these add-ons were what the fans wanted. They temporarily filled a hole, but at the end of the day they only made fans want a remake to happen that much more. Now they had a taste of what could be. Advent Children was visually spectacular, and it showcased what we might possibly get with full-sized models instead of Duplo-esque polygons. It had full voice acting and awesome fight scenes. Every piece we got our hands on only whet our palettes more for that which we had resigned ourselves to never getting.
I want it, you want it, my cohorts want it, even your grandmother wants it, probably. For years a remake has been rumored, and for years those rumors have fizzled out and ended in inevitable disappointment.
Now, at long last, those fans are being rewarded for their patience.
Sony has just announced at their E3 2015 press conference that Final Fantasy VII is being completely remade. The oft-rumored RPG remake is currently slated for a 2017 release to coincide with the original game’s 20th anniversary, coming to PlayStation 4 first. No other platforms were technically confirmed, the use of the words “coming first to PlayStation 4” indicate it will, in fact, be releasing for multiple platforms.
All aboard the hype train, ladies and gentlemen.
Final Fantasy VII hit Steam back in 2013 with some minor upgraded visuals and achievements, then during last year’s PlayStation Experience Sony seemed to play the ultimate troll by bringing Shinji Hashimoto on the stage to introduce… the PS4 port of the Steam port of Final Fantasy VII. Hopefully this announcement of a true remaster will successfully remove the bad taste that surely remains in fans’ mouths from that huge letdown.