Square Enix has released Final Fantasy 7 Remake today on PlayStation 4, available physically and digitally for $59.99.
Despite the name, Final Fantasy 7 Remake does not cover the entire 1997 RPG, nor is it a one-to-one remake. It re-imagines the original PS1 game into a full AAA experience, using a more real-time action combat system akin to Final Fantasy 15.
The remake covers the initial area of Midgar, as heroes Cloud, Tifa, Barret, and Aerith battle against the oppressive Shinra corporation, who controls the planet’s life force. In the original seminal RPG, the Midgar section lasted fewer than ten hours. The remake expands this area to over 30 hours, providing new details on the resistance group of Avalanche, and the villainous Sephiroth.
More episodes of Final Fantasy 7 Remake are expected to finish covering the entire scope of the original 50+ hour RPG. Release dates and titles for future episodes have not yet been announced.
You can play through the opening chapter of the remake for free via the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Demo. If you download the demo before May 11, you will receive an exclusively PS4 theme.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is rated T for Teen, with Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcholol and Tobacco, and Violence. It’s available exclusively on PlayStation 4.