Sony has announced that Square Enix will be developing an HD remake of the classic Final Fantasy VII and bringing it to the PlayStation 4 first as part of their 2015 E3 press event.
Square Enix is responsible for a lot of different franchises, but few of them are as iconic in the video game space as Final Fantasy. They spent the majority of the 90’s and early 00’s producing groundbreaking RPGs (Role Playing Games) that put the hardware they were published on to the limit. They set the standard for excellence in the genre.
Final Fantasy VII represented a high point for the franchise in 1997 because it marked the first time an RPG of that caliber was released using 3D polygonal characters as opposed to 16 bit sprite art. The story was also a highlight and is remembered by many fans as one of the best Final Fantasy games ever.
Players have been clamoring for a true HD remaster of the game with fully updated visuals for years, but Square Enix has never given it to them. They have always stated, and it is more than fair, that the cost of creating high quality HD visuals for a game as MASSIVE as Final Fantasy VII could not be recouped with sales. They simply didn’t think enough people would buy it.
Something has obviously changed because the game is in development now. We don’t know much at all about it though and they conspicuously left out any idea of a release date.
We are ridiculously excited about the game regardless and can’t wait to share the experience of play Final Fantasy VII with our kids without forcing them to watch jagged character models from a decade before they were born.
Keep your eyes on Engaged Family Gaming for more updates as they are released!