Breaking: Final Fantasy VII Remake Confirmed

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Fans have been demanding a remake of Final Fantasy VII pretty much since it’s initial release, and today Yoichi Wada, the president of Square Enix, came out and made the remake plans official. Clear your schedules because Final Fantasy VII: Jenova’s Rebirth is slated for a 4th quarter 2012 release. Naturally, the plans are for a PS3 release, but there have been some hints that a version is also in the works for Sony’s next console, though that’s purely speculation.

I bet this image's been haunting your dreams for a while now.

Famitsu, the usual breaker of all things secret and otherwise in video games, has the scoop already printed in this month’s upcoming issue. I’ve got some contacts (don’t ask me how I have these, I just do), who were kind enough to send me some scans of the cover detailing the story. How Famitsu gets these early stories is beyond me, but hey, as long as we’re poaching the news from them I can’t complain.

Would they really lie about something like this? I doubt it.

What is this game in the first place? I’ve mentioned Final Fantasy VII in a number of articles, and while it hasn’t always been in a favorable light, it’s time I talked a little bit about a Game You Should Have Played. Except, this one’s a little different. I fully expect people to embrace Mario 3 and Ocarina of Time without reservation. Final Fantasy VII has started to become one of those game classics that everyone says you should have played but no one really wants to play, similar to a good classic novel. Think of it like War and Peace. You know you’d like to have read it, but do you really want to?

Confirmed game case currently in development.

I first played the story of Cloud Strife’s battle through Midgar to stop Sephiroth from destroying the world with Meteor back when I was in my sophomore year of high school. I initially got the PC version, which is odd to think that Squaresoft bothered with that port in the first place, but it didn’t work. Every time I entered a battle I’d get kicked back to Windows and have to reopen the game screen, now without sound. I was forced to return my copy and wait until I actually had a Playstation of my own.

More Famitsu pages, just because.

Of course, I didn’t just go out and buy one. Rather, I used a kid I knew to lend me his Playstation and copy of the game. Don’t mistake this guy for my friend. I’m not proud of my actions, in fact this is me at my worst, but hey, gamers gotta game sometimes, don’t we? I made sure to buy my own memory card, in case he tried to kidnap my precious Tifa, and promptly went out to buy my own copy of the game at a used price of probably $10. Right now you’ll be lucky to find a working copy for under $50. It was a while after that before I actually had my own Playstation, another used purchase at maybe $20. I was thrifty and it got results.

The actual game had me hanging off of every word the characters said. The music got me going, especially at certain plot points. I remember feeling extremely haunted when my party was captured and placed in holding cells in the Shinra headquasters, only to wake up and discover their cell doors open and a trail of blood leading to the top floor where Sephiroth’s sword was found sticking out of the back of Shinra’s president. One of the best singular moments of a game excelling at storytelling.

The sad part of all of this is that I can’t play Final Fantasy VII again. I’ve tried on multiple occasions, but I lose interest right about the time I get out of Midgar and am allowed to explore the greater world. Part of this comes from already knowing the story and the resolution (spoiler, there isn’t any). The sequel movie, Advent Children, is amazing and wraps the game’s story up rather nicely. Dirge of Cerberus, the PS2 sequel staring Vincent, is completely skipable.

I think the game's done so well because no one wants to let this cast go away.

For me, the main reason to keep going back is the music. You will definitely find yourself liking the soundtrack, and the remixing community is showing no sign of relenting. Voices of the Lifestream, an OCRemix album, is not only recommended but demanded listening. Seriously, just click the link I provided and go download the free album right now. It’s good stuff.

A remake of the game is going to be well received by fans, that’s for sure, but is it really needed? Maybe that’s a question for another day and a Let’s Think Deep. In fact, come by tomorrow and you’ll probably see that exact article.

Want more on Final Fantasy VII? Check out these articles:

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  1. I really do hope they remake FF7
    I think they will wait a few years before they start on it because the programs they use to make the game will be better therefore making it easier for thenm to make the game…….it’s like if you have played FF7 and FF8 there is a huge grafic difference between the two
    and honestly it is up to square enix on wether they want to make the game…….like come on it’s been a belovered game for 13 years know they might want to let the whole ‘FF7’ thing go……..but they should make the game because it is an effing goldmine they would make millions of dollars and it would sell better then there average game.

  2. i really effing hate you

    REMAKE FF7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! best rpg that was and will ever be made- EVER.
    the way you bond to characters, storyline, music, EVERYTHING.

    REMAKE IT. i will buy ps3 JUST FOR THIS GAME.

  3. what the eff is it with people calling us NERDS……what they don’t understand is in a few years us ‘NEARDS’ are gonna be rich in our big mansions and the ‘nerd haters’ are gonna be cleaning our floor.

    and there is no final fantasy coming…….but it’s possible because the maker of the game is still giving us ‘mabye; comments.
    Q. how did this guy make the (fake) cover for FF7 remake……it looks real
    (very clever joke, way to raise everyones hopes)

  4. Umm…You know a portion of that sentence didn’t make any sense, right?

    If you love to break it to us, then why are you correcting us on something that we believe should happen? It sounds kinda confusing if you ask me.

  5. Hey, I enjoy being a nerd. And I can almost promise you that some of the people here would agree with me on that bit of information.

  6. ???????????????????? on

    what a bunch of nerds, all crying about a video game. i cant believe how f_cking sad you all are. NERDS!!!

  7. If that’s the case, then i’m gonna head to gamestop to see what they have to say about that. A remake would definitely be fun, especially if I haven’t even tried the original one yet.

  8. well i guess im late on the joke, but i did hear a rumor recently that they most definitely are going to remake final fantasy 7.for those of you who are still excited about it.

  9. this will be a good save after the failed final fantasy XIII! I think it would be cool to leave the final fantasy 7 story the way it is, although I am curious to see how it would be if aeris came back somehow. After all you only get the first disc to obtain her limit break and use it. not enough time in my opinion. Maybe there could be two versions. one the original and one some sort of alternate.=) oh im so excited

    please make if for xbox as well!

  10. Just do the remake and stop thinking we are Idiots… Idiot is you square enix….
    You are stupid liers!

  11. the guy that laughs at you on

    and if they do make a remake they would more then likely change soo much shit i dont think i would like it, its just perfect how it is

  12. the guy that laughs at you on

    hahahaha dude if your sick of it why dont you just get rid of the site or just stop wasting your time msging after everyones gay sad annoying comment and that was very pathetic comment you left after i posted sorry to say but yea dude hahaha…

  13. A remake is completely viable. You dont really think that they are going to leave the game completely the same do you? I mean imagine what they can do with the golden saucer with todays graphics and console capabilites. Chocobo racing could be brought to a whole new level. And of course im sure they are going to change around the battle system a little bit. Turn based rpgs get old.

  14. omg god ive only just read this and was well exited about lol u jus lost ur 1st class ticket to heaven and got 1 to hell EVIL MAN

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