By Chris Melchin / June 18th, 2019
The most recent issue of Weekly Famitsu features an interview about Final Fantasy VII Remake with the game’s director, Tetsuya Nomura. There is some interesting new information to be found in the interview, perhaps most notably that the oft-requested Honey Bee Inn area, featuring Cloud Strife crossdressing, will still be present in the remake. That being said, there seems to be no shortage of things that will be added to Midgar, such as the shadowy enemies attacking Cloud and Aerith in the trailer, dialogue options, and general new plot elements – although the main story will be overall unchanged.
Here is a collection of noteworthy points from the interview, via Gematsu:
- The watchmen of fate (the black mist in the trailer) are mysterious beings that appear before the party wherever they go. I hope that even those who have played the original game will enjoy the new elements.
- There are quite a bit of dialogue options. We are making it so the dialogue changes depending on your response, so the sheer volume of dialogue has increased.
- The Honey Bee Inn cross-dressing event is still in. We’ve made it more modern. If we made the facility like we did in the original game, the physical unease would be staggering, so that was no good…
- There are quite a few additions to the scenario. While the main story itself hasn’t changed, there are a countless number of new events. Otherwise we wouldn’t have two Blu-ray discs. (Laughs.)
- Aerith and Tifa are double heroines. One has a western-style look and the other an eastern-style look.
- We wanted Tifa to have abs, so she has an athletic body type. The ethics department at Square Enix also told us that we had to tighten her chest as not to get unnatural during all the intense action. From there we got the black underwear and fitted tank top.
- With an emphasis on immersion and exhilaration, you can fight without stress through the use of shortcuts. When you open the command menu, time slows and you can fight like a command battle.
- Each playable character has different enemy affinities.
- An item is required for MP recovery.
- For the sake of level design, we’re preparing a few new enemies where necessary.
The first part of Final Fantasy VII Remake going as far as the escape from Midgar is set for release on PS4 on March 3, 2020.
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