Final Fantasy 7 Remake — Everything You Need to Know

Not sure if you should play Final Fantasy 7 Remake? Here is everything you need to know about the highly anticipated JRPG.

In just a few more days, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will finally launch on PS4, bringing Cloud Strife and his Avalanche buddies back in one of the most iconic adventures in video games. It has been years since it was first revealed, and it will surely be one of the biggest releases of 2020. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming remake.

What is Final Fantasy 7 Remake?

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a retelling of the classic PSOne game. Starring mercenary Cloud Strife and set in Midgar, you will help the rebellious eco-terrorist group Avalanche stop megacorporation Shinra from draining Mako, the planet’s lifeforce. At least, that is the plot at the very beginning. Without spoilers (even though the game is over 20 years old), the actual conflict is much grander in scale as you will inevitably find out.

It should be noted that this release is just the first part of the retelling. If you know the story, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will end after the Midgar section of the original game. While this portion is around 6-10 hours in the original, the remake will be around 40-50 hours. Much of Midgar and the cast have been fleshed out making it a more complete experience.

Some of the original game’s key developers also returned ensuring this will be an authentic take of the beloved game. Tetsuya Nomura (Director and Character Designer), Yoshinori Kitase (Producer), Kazushige Nojima (Writer), and Nobuo Uematsu (Music Composer) have all returned.

Who should play it?

Like any remake, I’m sure some of you are asking, “Do I need to play the original in order to fully appreciate Final Fantasy 7 Remake?” No, you do not need to play the original to play the remake. From our review by Kris Cornelisse, he says, “Fans of the original will inevitably spot more references or appreciate the extra nods, but even newcomers should be able to slip in and find plenty to enjoy.”

This is kind of a loaded question. Who should play this remake? Well, like any video game, if what you see interests you, play it.

Where can you buy Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and how much does it cost?

You can find the game at any of the usual digital and physical storefronts. Best Buy, Amazon, Target, or any other store that sells video games will have it available. Since this will only be on PS4, it will also be available on the PlayStation Store digitally.

There are several versions with different bonuses and varying prices. The standard edition is the simplest of the bunch. It is just the game. If you pre-ordered the game, you might get some other goodies like a theme or the Chocobo Chick DLC. The standard edition costs $59.99.

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Deluxe Edition includes the game, art book, mini-soundtrack, Steelbook case, and Cactuar Summon Materia DLC. However, it is currently unavailable just about everywhere physically. It is available digitally on the PlayStation Store with all the same goodies, but digital versions of the artbook and mini-soundtrack. Both physical and digital Deluxe Editions cost $79.99.

Lastly, there is the Final Fantasy 7 Remake 1st Class Edition. This comes with everything from the Deluxe Edition, as well as a Play Arts Kai action figure of Cloud Strike and his bike the Hardy Daytona. Again, this edition is currently unavailable, but you can add yourself to a waiting list on the Square Enix online store.

When does it release?

Final Fantasy 7 Remake launches for PS4 on April 10, 2020. Unless you’re in Australia or Europe. Then you’re already exploring Midgar with Cloud and the gang.

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Michael Ruiz

Michael Ruiz is a Senior Staff Writer at DualShockers. He likes video games. He likes wrestling. He likes beer. He likes music.

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