E3 2019: Final Fantasy VII Remake Combat System Details, New Trailer

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Final Fantasy VII Remake | Cloud

During the Square Enix Live Presentation at E3 2019, more details were revealed for Final Fantasy VII Remake. First off, Yoshinori Kitase came out and mentioned that they anticipated the game would have two Blu-ray discs worth of gameplay content. Next, Neal Pabon, the Senior Manager of Product Marketing, came out and spoke about the game’s combat system.

Final Fantasy VII Remake | Command Menu

Final Fantasy VII Remake will utilize a hybrid system of real time action and strategic turn-based combat. Players use the Square button utilize normal attacks with Cloud’s Buster Sword. There are two ATB bars below the player’s HP gauge which slowly refill overtime. The ATB bar can be refilled even faster if the player hits the enemy with a normal attack. Once the bar is full, players can enter Tactical Mode which slows down time and a command menu with different options pops up. Players can use abilities such as Cloud’s Braver attack or use an item, both of which depletes the ATB bar. Using magic depletes both the MP bar and ATB bar. Players can also seamlessly switch between party members with a single button press. Party members will continue to fight even if you’re not controlling them. You can also issue commands to party members that have full ATB bars. As you do damage to an enemy, a focus gauge will fill up. When the gauge is full, the enemy is staggered and you will do bonus damage to the enemy. If a player wants faster paced action, they can assign abilities to a shortcut menu instead of bringing up the command menu when the ATB bar is full.

Final Fantasy VII Remake | Tifa

After this, they showed an extended trailer for the game. The game showcases some more gameplay and features the long-awaited debut of Tifa. You can check out that trailer before.


A Deluxe Edition and 1st Class Edition were revealed for Final Fantasy VII Remake as well. The 1st Class Edition is available exclusively from Square Enix’s Online Store. You can check those out below.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake launches on March 3, 2020 for PlayStation 4.

About Patrick Aguda

Patrick is an avid fan of both video games and anime. He has been a fan of anime since his older sister introduced him to the genre when he was younger. He grew up watching shows such as Cardcaptor Sakura, Digimon Adventure, Gundam Wing, Dragon Ball Z, Tenchi Muyo and Yu Yu Hakusho. His favorite games include Persona 3 Portable, Steambot Chronicles and the .hack//G.U. trilogy. He strongly believes that Sinon, Maki and Mash are best girls.