Game company Square Enix just released new information about the upcoming classic remake Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Final Fantasy VII Remake new information
The new information highlights several
characters like Sephiroth, members of Shinra Electric Power Company, Aerith’s
abilities in battle, the Shiva summon, the Train Graveyard, and the Shinra
Building. Two new visuals were also revealed.
Check out the details below:
Sephiroth (voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in Japanese)
Sephiroth is famed as the finest member
of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit. His gallant efforts in the war with Wutai made
him a hero—and he’s inspired many brave youths to join SOLDIER.
Sephiroth is believed to have died
during a top secret mission, but there may be far more to the story than people
■ Shinra Electric Power Company
President Shinra (voiced by Genzou Wakayama in Japanese)
The current president of the Shinra
Electric Power Company raised the company up from a small arms manufacturer to
the massively powerful conglomerate it is today.
He can be generous to his allies, but
when it comes to business he’s utterly ruthless. He’s willing to use cutthroat
business tactics to make a profit – and eliminate anyone who gets in the way.
Heidegger (voiced by Katsumi Chou in Japanese)
As well as being the director of Public
Security, Heidegger has been President Shinra’s right-hand man since the early
days of the company. He’s just as ruthless as his boss, and will do anything to
get what he wants—even sacrifice his own subordinates.
He’s trusted implicitly by the
President, and this has made Public Security the most powerful department within
Roche (voiced by Kenta Miyake in Japanese)
This 3-C SOLDIER turned rebel is also
known as Speed Demon.
He loves bikes, speed and anyone who can
give him a challenge. His comrades, however, find him annoying – he constantly
squeals his rear tire and makes them choke on fumes of burnt rubber.
■ Battle Introduction: Aerith
These next screenshots demonstrate how
Aerith fights. A press of the square button will make her launch a ranged magic
By pressing square in repeatedly, or
holding the button, successive attacks can be unleashed. In addition, the
number of targets hit will increase, and attacks will cover a wider area.
By pressing the Triangle button, Aerith
will unleash her unique ability—“Tempest.” You can also charge the attack by
holding the Triangle button—at maximum charge it will explode repeatedly after
it hits an enemy.
“Soul Drain” lets Aerith absorb MP from
a foe. As she specializes in magic attacks, using this skill will be a
necessity in tough fights.
“Lustrous Shield” allows Aerith to
summon a magical barrier, which will keep enemies at bay and block projectiles.
What’s more, any attackers who come into contact with the shield will take
Characters in Final Fantasy VII Remake can use
Summon Materia—orbs let them summon an intensely powerful ally into the fight.
The Queen of Ice Shiva is one such
Summon. This frosty figure gives an icy glare to enemies and a loving smile to
allies. She skates around the battlefield, and manipulates the air to freeze
enemies in the blink of an eye.
Once summoned, Shiva will fight
automatically, but you can also issue commands to make her use specific
abilities. “Heavenly Strike” creates a giant glacier and smashes it down onto
Summons are governed by a special
gauge—when it’s empty they’ll disappear… but just before they leave, they’ll
deliver an especially powerful move.
In Shiva’s case, it is “Diamond Dust” a
move fans of the original Final Fantasy VII
may remember. Shiva encases enemies in ice and then shatters them in
■ New Story Episodes
Final Fantasy VII Remake takes many locations from the original game, and redesigns and
reinterprets them to add additional depth.
The story is more detailed too, with
more dialogue, story sequences and a greater portrayal of citizens’ lives.
The Train Graveyard
The Train Graveyard is a perfect example
of this. Originally used during the construction of Midgar, this area has since
become a junkyard for old and abandoned trains. Strong winds make the rusting
carriages creak and groan, and odd high-pitched sounds echo over the area.
You may remember this location from the
original Final Fantasy VII. In that game,
there was no dialogue here, but in Final Fantasy VII Remake,
characters will talk to each other as they explore the maze of wreckage.
The new game also adds a new story into
this area, with multiple event scenes:
■ The World of Final Fantasy VII Remake
The Shinra Building
Here’s a look at another area of the
game. The headquarters of the Shinra Electric Power Company is a 70-story skyscraper
in the center of Midgar.
Up on the upper levels you’ll find the
offices of President Shinra and the directors, and a Memorial Floor, where you
can learn all about the history of Shinra. Alternatively, head to the Visual
Entertainment Hall where you can see the latest technology being demonstrated.
Of course, the first thing you’ll see is
the expansive entrance:
Inside the building, you can take a look
at some of the Shinra cars on display:
Or to unwind, why not head up to the
Final Fantasy VII Remake will launch on PlayStation 4. It will be released on March 3, 2020.