The Game Will Be Released Episodically
Back in December 2015 Square announced that the remake will be “told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.” They further updated the news with, “As a gaming experience, each entry will have the volume of content equal to a full-sized game.”
So basically we are looking at a release similar to that of Final Fantasy XIII, not a Telltale game as some have been assuming. While that type of release for a game we already know sounds crazy, if they pack enough new content into it, this could be worth it. The other wildcard here is the price point of each episode. $30 or less is optimal, with $60 way too high. We will have to wait and see.
There Will Be New Content
In an interview with the site Famitsu, game Director Tetsuya Nomura and Producer Yoshinori Kitase revealed, among other goodies, that there will be additional content added with new mechanics that they hope will excite new and old players alike, even if you think you already know the game.
There Is A New Battle System
Nomura and team are tossing the old ATB battle system for a new, more active battle system, akin to that of Kingdom Hearts or Disidia: Final Fantasy (Arcade Version). The battle pacing will be close to that of Disidia: Final Fantasy but with an element of strategy. To accomplish this, they have been bringing in developers who have worked on Disidia or Kingdom Hearts.
Here is the newest trailer for the game, straight from Playstation Experience 2015, where you can see the new battle system (sort of):
The Graphics Are More Real, But Not Too Real
The team wanted to update the look of Cloud and friends, but knew that if they went too realistic with the graphics, the characters would be not be recognizable as their old selves. The models from Advent Children were too old and outdated, so they are looking into refining the look of eyes, nose, and hair.
The Party Will Still Be 3 Characters
The team is keeping the party size at 3 members, with the ability to switch between them at will. Or you can stay Cloud the whole game if you so choose.
This Will Be A PS4 Exclusive
This one is a no brainer, but worth reiterating. Originally slated for an alleged PS3 release, Nomura and team are now developing it for a PS4 release. If you weren’t sure whether or not to get your hands on a new PS4, now you are.
PS1 vs PS4 Side-By-Side Comparison
Youtube channel, GameXplain put together a side-by-side comparison of the scenes in the new trailer with the same scenes in the original release from 1997. Seeing it this way, I definitely want to play the remake.
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