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Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 Announcement – Breathtaking!

Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 Announcement

Last night we got a feast of news in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement. Wow! and I mean, Wow! Does it look good? The Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement probably won E3 for Square Enix alone. 

The best place to start in discussing the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement is the full cinematic trailer. This is an extended version of the trailer that showcased the release date the night prior to this. 

Enjoy below:

The trailer:

There are many points to discuss in the trailer. I will offer a brief summary but I will be going into much more depth in the paragraphs below this brief summary in a full breakdown of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 Announcement.

The Main Features:

  • Tifa reveal and gameplay.
  • New locations including the Shinra Build and 7th Heaven.
  • More musical scores.
  • More Aerith gameplay.
  • Sephiroth scenes and character models details.
  • Pre-Order details. 

Tifa Revealed and she looks stunning

It’s probably not exaggeration to say fans have been waiting for the reveal of Tifa since the remake was a twinkle in Square Enix’s eye. The Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement did not disappoint. She looks beautiful. In my opinion the character designers have nailed the brief; a blend of loyalty and innovation carrying the original model into the modern era. 

Tifa Analysis

In the image above I figures I would jot down some notes about what I noticed in the design. Primarily, the first thing noticed was the slender frame.

There had been contrasting opinions online on whether we should see a stacked Tifa or a small slender Tifa. I can understand the calls for a more muscled madam however, Tifa’s fighting style is characterised by her speed and agility. As a result I think the chosen frame is perfect for this. Throw in that the slums are not exactly awash with high quality proteins coupled with some clearly well maintained abs and Tifa’s build and image tends to make a lot more sense.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 Announcement

Original Tifa concept art.

There is clear evidence the design team, likely led by Nomura in his specialty have stuck very close to the concepts of the original game. Red boots and gloves coupled with the trademark white vest look perfect in the modern environment but also match the original concept. The only small difference I can see is hair style and hair length.

We have gone this far in analysing the Final Fantasy 7 Remake announcement without addressing the elephant in the room. Tifa has been the subject of some pretty imaginative fan art over the years, a consequence of cut-scenes from the original evidencing a healthy breast size.

Fans generally sat on two sides on the fence. The first group upmost worry the “blessings” would be modified to appease modern decorum. The second group more dismissive of members of the first group as perverted incels. Despite this conflict I believe Square Enix have toed the line expertly in creating a fresh rendition of Tifa that is still faithful to her roots. 

To summarise, she still has boobs although they are possible supported a little better through what appears to be a sports bra like apparel.

Finally another area that drew my attention in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement was the face. Not least because of the negative feedback of Japanese fans towards Aerith. The original Aerith’s face was judged to be too long. This has long been associated in Japanese culture with aging whereas a shorter, rounder face is seen to be more youthful and appealing.

Upon analysis of Tifa’s face I believe they have taken this critique on board. Given this it is even possible they may have adjusted facial features, perhaps even shortening to give more aesthetic appeal.

I, for one am not disappointed by the Tifa reveal one bit and look forward to seeing more of her in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.


Multi-Game Epic or Standard Episodic Structure

Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 Announcement

It is now looking increasingly likely the first episode/edition in the multi-game structure is going to be limited to Midgar. This is possibly the first area that may show serious concern. For what it’s worth, I believe Midgar is more than worthy of being the primary setting on its’ own. For pities sake it has 8 sectors! Within sectors 5, 6, 7, and the Shinra Building there is plenty of content. In addition to this the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement also featured an extended sequence of the fight against Guard Scorpion. This battle has a lot more depth than the original game and possibly takes 5 times as long. 

On the other hand I can understand the concern of some hardcore fans. Fans of XV only have to look to the recent cancelled DLCs which lead to massive disappointment within the fan base. it is unlikely that Final Fantasy 7 Remake will suffer the same fate, there is too much riding on this and too many people within Square and the fan base emotionally invested in the project. You could say without the constant pressure fans the fans this remake would not be happening at all. 

Final Fantasy VII Story Flowchart
Final Fantasy VII Story Flowchart

In the above flowchart you can see the amount of main story content needed to get through within the game. Fan’s are right concerned by the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement seeming to only confirm the game being set in Midgar. The game is said to be two disks worth of content in the big city alone so it is worrying to think how many games this could be split into and how potentially expensive this could become. (Especially if you plan on getting the special editions but more on that later.)

I could see almost five games at least worth of content here, if not are the places after Midgar going to seem empty in comparison much like certain areas of Final Fantasy XV.



Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 Announcement - The best of both Worlds

One of the big areas discussed in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement was the battle system. Square are going out of their way to accommodate turn-based enthusiasts and action adrenaline junkies alike.

It is confirmed the ATB (Active Time Battle) meter will fill up through regular attacks. once full you will have the option to use attacks like braver and spells. However that is not all. You will also have the option to enter tactical mode. The closest equivalent I can think of it the V.A.T.S system in Fallout whereby combat almost comes to a stand still. Henceforth allowing you to plan more strategic, recover from the excitement and lay out your next moves. 

I have to admit this is a brilliant touch if executed well by Square Enix allowing newcomers and existing fans alike to play the game in their way. 

The YouTube video above showcases the tactical mode in all its’ glory. I will most likely switch between the two. The staff at Square Enix were also very specific in confirming that one press of the square button will give you one attack with a weapon. This may seem insignificant in relation to the other changes and announcements. Nevertheless, it is an important one. In particular this could symbol a departure from the combat system in FFXV; heavily criticised for its’ ease and ability to won battle by doing no more than holding the attack button down.

In additional to this from the Guard Scorpion footage in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement, you can now begin to see key differences in how the characters can be utilised in battle. for instance in the battle the Guard Scorpion leaps to a far wall. Consequently it is unreachable from standard melee attacks and players are then forced to utilise Barret to cause damage. Interestingly it reminded me of the battle with Sin’s fin on the way to Kilika in FF10.

We saw some more evidence of spells and Materia in the trailer also. I am glad they seem to have a similar influence to the original. one of the things that frustrated me in the last mainline iteration was the magic system. Resource intensive and ineffective in battle. Neither of which appear to be the case in the Remake.

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Staggering is also back, evidenced by the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement and combat trailer. This was one of my favourite features about the combat in FFXIII, and probably its’ saving grace as a mainline title.  Staggering almost works exactly like it did in XIII allowing larger damage to be inflicted upon your foes.

Finally we were shown a new battle mechanic in the battle with Guard Scorpion; the use of cover. When the Guard Scorpion readies its’ laser attack you must dart for the cover of some convenient debris. This is an interesting feature and you wonder how regular this feature will be implemented in the battles to come.

All in all, in the battle department, Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement  was definitely not found wanting, delivering enough mystery and enough new innovations to really excite even the most skeptical of fans.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Pre-orders!

The last thing I wanted to talk about in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement was the pre-orders. Gamespot probably had the simplest breakdown of the different pre-orders available in this article.

Essential you are given three options should you decide to go down this route.

Pre-order standard edition

  • Base game and any pre-order bonuses

Pre-Order Deluxe Edition

  • Base game and any pre-order bonuses
  • Artbook
  • Mini-Soundtrack
  • Steelbook
  • Cactuar Summon Materia DLC
  • Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC

The 1st Class Edition

  • Base game and any pre-order bonuses
  • Play Arts Kai Cloud Strife & Hardy Daytona box set
  • Artbook
  • Mini-Soundtrack
  • Steelbook
  • Cactuar Summon Materia DLC
  • Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC

You can order the first class edition on Square Enix’s online store. The Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement also introduced a price of a whopping $330 for the 1st class edition. I am not sure I can justify spending an extra $250 dollars for a collectible figure.

With that is mind I think the Deluxe edition may be the most popular one if only to get my hands on the art-book.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake e3 Announcement 1st Class Edition
1st Class Edition

So there we have it, the end of my analysis of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 announcement. Let me know your thoughts below and also let me know which edition you will be buying with your hard earned cash.

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