E3 2015: Final Fantasy VII Remake Could Include New Story Elements

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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Final Fantasy VII

The world is still reeling from Sony’s announcement that Final Fantasy VII will be remade, coming first to PlayStation 4.  So where does that leave last year’s announced FFVII port? Well, it’s still coming. So both versions will be released eventually.

They’ll probably be priced very differently and obviously look different as well. But comments made by director Tetsuya Nomura now have us thinking that the story might also be different as well.

“We’ve announced an HD Port version on the PlayStation 4, and then we have the remake coming to PS4,” Nomura said through a translator. “You’ll have this extremely, very, very pretty FFVII existing on the same plane. We feel that if that happens, it’s like, why have the same exact game?”

Some of the elements in the original release would look weird if Square Enix just straight up remade them, so it makes sense to make some adjustments. Also, remember the game came out in 1997. I’m sure they’d love to make some changes. As to how far they’ll go, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Would you want to see some revisions be made to the story? Or are you a FFVII purist and don’t want them to pull a “Greedo shot first?” The comments are yours, readers.


About Daniel Velázquez

Daniel fell in love with video games during the mid-eighties when The Legend of Zelda came into his life. Since then, gaming has been his constant. Now a bit older and somewhat wiser, he teaches psychology and studies the benefits of gaming in the digital and cardboard world.

  • stevenm281

    I played the game over a hundred times since 1997, I wouldnt mind seeing it in another perspective, bring it on Square Enix.

    If we want the same story, same music, same battle system, well lets just
    fucking play the original or the upcoming port or the PC version with

    This is a remake to fit with the whole compilation and it would be badass as an action RPG. We got a two-handed sword user, a martial artist, a big machine gun, a lancer, a white mage, etc. Every character could offer different gameplay, still using party member switching mid-battle, etc.

    I say Nomura will go the dark way similar to Advent Children and Versus XIII since that was taken away from XV. FF7 was already dark just seemed less obvious back then.

  • I’m fine with them adding some positional elements to the battle system or moving to something like the CTB approach of FFX, but if they try turning it into an Action RPG or otherwise going real-time, I just won’t support it.

    It almost feels like they’ve given up on making anything better than Final Fantasy VII, so their solution to being unable to surpass it would be to set the bar lower with the remake, leaving Nihon Falcom and Nippon Ichi to truly lead the genre into the future.

    If modern Final Fantasy (which it sounds like they want to turn VII into) was worthy of the Sakaguchi era, we wouldn’t need the damn VII remake in the first place.

  • DariusQ

    If its just adding new content then I’m all for it. If its about revising everything a la George Lucas then forget it.

  • ZelpherFayt

    probably just going to update the script some make things flow better.

  • Infophile

    I don’t expect it, but I would be really amused if they decide to pick a random “Revive Aerith” fake cheat from the internet, then actually implement it in the remake.

    • Gemnist

      I was just about to say that.

      “AERITH LIVES!”…. maybe?….please?

  • Josh S.

    I hope they don’t change the plot overmuch, but I would be fine with tweaked and remastered controls and such.

  • Razorfall

    I hope it’s not voice acting. If i hear someone say “Aerith” I will scream.

    I don’t care if it was a bad transliteration of the name, but I feel “Aeris” is a much better name.