Okay, we are a little late to this one but that happens from time to time (we won’t be promoting this one on N4G for example). Square Enix has finally taken the “fans want it so we are going to give it to them” stance on one of their beloved Final Fantasy VII. That is right, enough fans have bitched and whined about getting a proper HD remake of Final Fantasy VII that it has finally fallen on ears that were open at Square Enix (and connected to someone that could do something about it). Nearly 20 years after its original release on the original Playstation, Final Fantasy VII will be remade and released on the Playstation 4 console- soon.
For me, Final Fantasy VII is a title that really solidified the Playstation as my console of choice in the 32-Bit battle (though I had a 3DO and a Saturn already). Much like how the release of Final Fantasy III (VI in Japan) was a title that solidified the Super Nintendo as the console of choice for many in the 16-Bit era (for others, myself included, it was Street Fighter II). The thing was, prior to the release of Final Fantasy VII the idea of role playing games being “mainstream” in North America was a taboo subject. These games simply didn’t sell as well as action/platform and fighting games did on consoles. Oddly, on computers it was nearly the opposite with RPG’s and strategy titles ruling the roost. That makes it even more interesting that Final Fantasy was not properly released on Windows computers (the release we did get was flanked with bugs depending on the hardware combination you were rocking in the late 20th century).
It probably helped the bottom line sales a bit by having Sony and Square Enix pushing Final Fantasy VII to the masses. This was something that was rarely done in North America- I cannot remember seeing more than one or two role playing game related ads over the years in magazines or on television. Keep in mind, I have been gaming since the late 70’s so there is a lot of time there for that lack of advertising to be noticed in this 20/20 hindsight point of view.
Final Fantasy VII fans check out the cut scene video that Square Enix has released and revel in the fun that may be heading our way. Hopefully this HD remake will have better looking gameplay than the Playstation original did in comparison to the cut scenes.
Source: Retro Game Network