Going into Square Enix’s presser, the one thing people were most interested in hearing about was the Final Fantasy VII Remake. Thankfully, the Japanese gaming giant did not disappoint, even though it’d already revealed a release date for the PS4 version of the game late last night.
To their credit, Square Enix provided fans with what they call “an avalanche of information.”
Years ago it was stated that the Final Fantasy VII Remake would release in parts, and that is still the case, except Square Enix refers to them as games. The first of these will be set in Midgar, and is said to “present a fully standalone gaming experience that provides a great starting point for the series.” Hell, it apparently needs two Blu-ray discs.
Instead of employing the original’s classic, turn-based battle system, the Final Fantasy VII Remake will use a hybrid system. Through it, players will have to learn, utilize and get good at a mixture of real-time combat and strategic, command-based combat.
Moving on, the game’s voice cast — since it won’t just use dialogue boxes like the original did — was also revealed. They are, as follows:
- Cloud, voiced by Cody Christian (All American, Teen Wolf)
- Barret, voiced by John Eric Bentley (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Independence Day: Resurgence)
- Aerith, voiced by Briana White (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Occupants)
- Tifa, voiced by Britt Baron (GLOW)
- Jessie, voiced by Erica Lindbeck (Spider-Man, Persona 5, ThunderCats Roar)
- Biggs, voiced by Gideon Emery (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Teen Wolf)
- Wedge, voiced by Matt Jones (Breaking Bad)
- Sephiroth, voiced by Tyler Hoechlin
Two additional versions of the game were outed, too. The first is the Deluxe Edition ($79.99 USD), which contains:
- Hardback art book featuring concept art
- Mini soundtrack CD
- Summon Materia DLC (allowing players to summon Cactuar in-game)
- Sephiroth steelbook case
- The digital version of the Deluxe edition contains digital versions of most of these things, but obviously cannot offer the steelbook
Then there’s the prestigious 1st Class Edition, which will only be available in limited quantities, and will obviously set you back even more money. It can currently be pre-ordered through the Square Enix Store, and is listed at $329.99 American, which is a lot of money.
- All Deluxe Edition content
- Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC
- Cloud and Hardy Daytona as large format Play Arts KAI action figures
Those who pre-order any version of the game will receive the Chocobo Chick Summon Materia DLC at launch, provided they do so through a participating retailer. Meanwhile, anyone who pre-orders the digital version of the game from the PlayStation Store will be entitled to the Cloud and Sephiroth dynamic theme for PS4.
As previously revealed, the Final Fantasy VII Remake will release on PS4 first, and will do so on March 3rd, 2020.