Gaming enthusiasts have been clamoring for a remake of Final Fantasy 7 for years. During the E3 event in Las Angeles, Sony surprised the audience by releasing a trailer of the much-awaited game, and announcing that it will be arriving on PlayStation 4. The announcement shocked many gamers because Square Enix, the developer of Final Fantasy 7, had said on various occasions that updating the game wasn’t its priority.
Full version of Final Fantasy 7 to arrive on PS4 this winter
Square Enix announced at the event that it was remaking the classic 1997 role-playing game. Final Fantasy 7 was the second best-selling title for Sony’s original PlayStation. According to the video game sales tracking website VGChartz, close to 10 million copies of the 18-year old game have been sold so far. Following Sony’s announcement that the remake would arrive on PS4, Square Enix said that the game was coming to iOS devices by the end of this summer.
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The game’s trailer unveiled at Sony’s event read, “Play it first on PlayStation,” indicating that it will arrive on Xbox One and PC as well. Kingdom Hearts executive producer Shinji Hashimoto said Square Enix was working to launch Final Fantasy 7 to iOS devices this summer, and the full version to PlayStation 4 this winter. The game may arrive on PC and Xbox One in 2016.
New Final Fantasy 7′s story to be different from the original
Square Enix did not reveal much details about the remake. However, the Japanese company’s director Tetsuya Nomura said in an interview with Dengeki that it will not be a simple remake of the classic Final Fantasy 7. If Square Enix wanted to simply make the graphics look better on the newer consoles, it might not surpass the original version. That’s not what the company wanted.
Nomura said it has “vastly evolved” as the story has been immensely reworked. If gamers wanted a simple remake, they could “just play the original international version on PlayStation 4, and it would be satisfying enough,” he added.