In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series, Square Enix has released a new art for the hotly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake. The image features main protagonist Cloud Strife carrying his famous Buster Sword, with Midgar and the Shinra Electric Power Company behind him. Just beyond Shinra stands Sephiroth with his angel wing out.
The original Final Fantasy VII released back in 1997 for the first PlayStation console also celebrated its 20th anniversary. Square Enix revealed the new art during the opening ceremony of the series' 30th anniversary celebration. Sadly, that's all there is. Square Enix did not release any new gameplay footage or screenshots.
Earlier this month, game director Tetsuya Nomura provided an update on the game via an interview with Famitsu (translated by Gematsu). He said that production on the long-awaited remake of one of the most beloved RPGs of all time is "steadily progressing." However, it appears the wait will be longer for Final Fantasy VII Remake, along with Kingdom Hearts III, another anticipated game from the Kingdom Hearts series. The good news is, a much more detailed progress report could arrive later this year.
"Last year, I didn't put out much information on either title, but this year I want to show our progress at an event somewhere. The release of the titles themselves have still have a way to go. But there are many titles releasing this year, if you can wait for any 'surprises.'"
In a more recent interview with Famitsu (translated by Siliconera), game producer Yoshinori Kitase pretty much said the same thing as Nomura regarding the production progress.
"We're currently brushing up the scene from the announcement trailer. We can now see the line of quality that we're aiming for more clearly, but there's still a ways to go."
Kitase also backed Nomura's statement about wanting to showcase more of the game this year. But he said they're still undecided about it. However, rest assured that when the time comes, expect more than just a game art or a couple screenshots.
"That's what we're hoping for, but it's still undecided. However, as for when we'll release the next information, for example, I think that it'd be nice if we could have it playable or a trailer for it at an event."
After years of mercilessly teasing fans, Square Enix finally announced a full remake of Final Fantasy VII at E3 2015. Fans went crazy when the announcement video was shown. Others couldn't even believe it's finally happening. However, aside from the gameplay video shown at the PlayStation Experience last December, Square Enix has held off on showing more of the game, to the disappointment of eagerly waiting fans.
Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released in an episodic format. Based on the gameplay video shown, it appears the original turn-based battle system has been replaced by a Kingdom Hearts-like system where players have free reign on the characters' movements in battle. Final Fantasy VII Remake still has no official release date. It will be available first on PS4.