A slew of new details surrounding Final Fantasy 7 Remake debuted during Tokyo Game Show 2019, and now that the show's over, Square took to its blog to share a few of them.
The blog has a wide variety of details to check out regarding the game. During a live stage show, producer Yoshinori Kitase shared a new look at the game in addition to the new Classic Mode version of combat. The new feature will rely more on the way the old game worked. The original game used the Active Time Battle (ATB) system. It would have you wait until your ATB gauge filled, and you'd pull of a command. Classic Mode lets you play like this in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
Characters will fight automatically so all you need to do is focus on selecting the right commands to get you through a tough battle, just like in the old days. Kitase-san also described some of the new elements in the latest trailer, seen below.
The infamous Squats mini game was on display in the video, and it will play out similarly to the original game. You'll have to press a series of buttons to successfully complete squats. This was detailed in the video alongside the App boss fight in the sewer, as well as some information on how Summons will work.
Cloud summons Ifrit in the clip. Once the gauge is full, Ifrit will appear. Summoned forces will be controlled by the AI, mostly, but characters can still use ATB charges if they'd like to use certain abilities. It looks like there will be plenty of options for players to enjoy the game in either Classic Mode or with modern convention, and that's just what the game needs for modern audiences.
Previously, I tried out the Final Fantasy 7 Remake playable demo at E3 2019. Here's what I thought about the experience:
"Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a clear-cut example of a developer working not to make the same game over again with updated graphics and mechanics, but to expand it beyond what was previously thought possible. Speaking on the game's expanded story and features ahead of my time with the demo, producer Yoshinori Kitase noted that the game will be a fully standalone experience that will focus on the part of the story that took place in Midgar. I know from this annotated slice of gameplay that there's nothing I want to do more when 2020 begins than spend time once again in the hallowed ground of PlayStation's finest role-playing game and see where this new vision of a classic goes. "
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is set to debut on March 3, 2020 on PlayStation 4.