The upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII will be much more than just a HD remaster of the beloved 1997 RPG, the game's producer has revealed.
Unveiled during Sony's E3 press conference to a fervent reaction, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be coming to PS4 in the future, following the transition of the previously-released PC port of the title to the platform.
But fans hoping for a simple graphical enhancement of the seminal title might be in for a shock, producer Tetsuya Nomura has told Engadget.
The HD PC version is coming to PS4 already,” he said. We don't need two of the same thing.
We want to take a different approach. If we actually just upgraded the visuals, there'd be no need for me to direct it.
Nomura ruled out ‘drastic' changes, such as the reversal of character genders, and hinted that his personal preference for the more comedic parts of the game – such as hero Cloud's cross-dressing and a dating side-mission – would likely see them make the jump.
But other sections of the game might be removed completely.
I'm often happy to cut out parts,” he continued. It's very likely that not everyone is going to like everything.
But if we took away parts like the lighter moments of the game, it would no longer beFFVII.”
It's also worth noting that it's been almost 20 years since FF7's brand of turn-based combat was in vogue – Nomura hinted that the mechanics are due an update for modern times.
We can't have these upgraded, beautiful 3D models of Cloud and Barrett, still lining up in a row, jumping forward to attack an enemy, then jumping back to wait for their next turn,” he said.
That would be bizarre. Of course, there will likely be changes there.”