Originality is overrated, and that’s why more and more games are being made with remake or remastered versions. If you do not agree with this statement, I invite you to debate with fans of Final Fantasy VII Remake.
For a game company with a long history like Square Enix, remakes and remasters have proven to be effective ways to please many parties; Veteran gamers are happy to be able to touch their favorite game again, young gamers are happy because they can share in the fun of their parents’ idol games, and developers and publishers can reap profits without having to bet on the success or failure of a new IP.
In fact, Square Enix already has plans to release a remake of their other IP. In order to make this happen, they decided to collaborate with Forever Entertainment. The Polish game company is reportedly trusted to develop several game remakes from one IP owned by Square Enix.
As a remake, of course the visual aspects of these games will be completely overhauled while maintaining the gameplay as well as the narrative. But what is of course the question of many people is, what IP is meant? Is it still Final Fantasy? Or even Dragon Quest?
The possibilities are obviously very many, because Square Enix does have a lot of very popular game franchises. I personally would not refuse if the remake were Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, or maybe even the Front Mission series. What about Kingdom Hearts? Star Ocean? Drankengard? Lufia? Valkyrie Profile? Parasite Eve?
All of them have the potential to be remade according to modern standards. But unfortunately for now, both Square Enix and Forever Entertainment are still reluctant to reveal the IP in question. Forever Entertainment itself is not a strange name in the world of game remakes. One of their newest and greatest works recently is Panzer Dragoon: Remake which has received very positive response.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
About a year after its release, Final Fantasy VII Remake will finally get a next-gen upgrade on June 10, 2021. The version intended for the PlayStation 5 is called Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, and owners of the original game on PS4 can receive this upgrade for free.
As can be guessed, of course there are improvements in terms of performance and graphics quality in the FF VII Remake Intergrade. Players can later choose between “Graphics Mode” which prioritizes 4K resolution, or “Performance Mode” if it is more concerned with smooth gameplay at 60 fps.
The DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive trigger will also be integrated, and of course players will find loading times much shorter. But Square Enix is apparently not finished.
Intergrade will later also offer new episodes to play, as well as the return of one of the favorite old plays, namely Yuffie Kisaragi as a playable character in that episode. This Yuffie episode will have to be purchased separately as a paid DLC from the PlayStation Store.
Of course this is very exciting news for fans of FF VII, but Square Enix apparently still has other surprises for them.
Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier
The titles above are the titles of the new battle royale game Square Enix is working on for Android and iOS devices. Battle royale? Yes, you read that right. Honestly, I myself still have trouble digesting the combined concept of two things that should be very contradictory. But apparently that’s what Square Enix did when working on this spin-off game.
Lore, The First Soldier will act as a prequel to FF VII, telling the origin of the elite Soldier troops about three decades before the events that occurred in FF VII. If you look at the trailer, the gameplay of The First Soldier looks like it will combine shooting from a third-person perspective with Final Fantasy-style combat.
Interestingly, The First Soldier will later also insert a number of RPG elements into the battle royale formula that is raised, such as a level system that involves a number of monsters to be exterminated. Apart from the solo mode, The First Soldier will also offer a team mode with three players.
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis
Apart from The First Soldier, Square Enix also has another spin-off entitled Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis which is also intended for mobile devices. Ever Crisis is basically a compilation of all the stories that have been lifted, starting from the original FF VII, Before Crisis, Dirge of Cerberus, Crisis Core, to the Advent Children film, as well as a number of new narrative elements that focus on the origins of Soldier.
Gameplay will be presented per chapter, with combat which of course looks very familiar. Unlike The First Soldier which will be released this year, Ever Crisis is planned to be available next year on Android as well as iOS.