Fans have been demanding a remake of Final Fantasy VII pretty much since itís 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: Jenovaís 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 Sonyís next console, though thatís 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 monthís upcoming issue. Iíve got some contacts (donít 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 weíre poaching the news from them I canít complain.
Would they really lie about something like this? I doubt it.
What is this game in the first place? Iíve mentioned Final Fantasy VII in a number of articles, and while it hasnít always been in a favorable light, itís time I talked a little bit about a Game You Should Have Played. Except, this oneís 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 youíd like to have read it, but do you really want to?
Confirmed game case currently in development.
I first played the story of Cloud Strifeís 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 didnít work. Every time I entered a battle Iíd 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 didnít just go out and buy one. Rather, I used a kid I knew to lend me his Playstation and copy of the game. Donít mistake this guy for my friend. Iím not proud of my actions, in fact this is me at my worst, but hey, gamers gotta game sometimes, donít 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 youíll 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 Sephirothís sword was found sticking out of the back of Shinraís president. One of the best singular moments of a game excelling at storytelling.
The sad part of all of this is that I canít play Final Fantasy VII again. Iíve 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 isnít any). The sequel movie, Advent
Children, is amazing and wraps the gameís 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. Itís good stuff.
A remake of the game is going to be well received by fans, thatís for sure, but is it really needed? Maybe thatís a question for another day and a Letís Think Deep. In fact, come by tomorrow and youíll probably see that exact article.